it’s been a good four years since get up kid/new amdsterdam matt pryor released his debut solo album. after a bit of reunion shows with the latter band and a stint as an amateur farmer, pryor is ready with a new album may day due for release on january 24th. check out the harmonica friendly “your new favorite” below.
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matt pryor – your new favorite
whoa, slow down matt pryor! you only just re-formed one of emo’s pioneer grand-dad bands and went on a nationwide tour in support of your first album in six years. now you want to release a video each week of you performing songs from your upcoming solo album still there’s a light ? cool one, bro.
Last night’s Get Up Kids show at Houston’s Warehouse Live featured a revitalized kind of Kids, the same kids whose late-90’s records shaped an angsty generation’s outlook on music and its ideals; That the idea of a rockstar didn’t belong exclusively to that era’s rockstar. The quiet kid in class was brimming with buzzsaw riffs and bittersweet yet freewheeling lyrics. Many bands have since capitalized on the foundation that The Get Up Kids have built, most with more mainstream success than the modest following that their forefathers drew. But in the years that have passed since their trademark sound has been commercialized into a flashy caricature of its former self by rookie upstarts, the Kids have grown up, sharpened their songwriting craft, and setlled into an inevitable adult reality. A new chapter might have opened in these mid-thirtysomethings’ lives, but after all these years, the kids are still alright.
hit the jump for the full review and a full video of the encore.
what to do after a seven year split and you’ve aged as ungracefully as your band name? the get up kids are back with there are rules (out january 25th) and the ace up these guys’ sleeves is how much they’ve matured without ever really growing up.
hit the jump for the full album review.
there are rules (out january 25) is shaping up to be a mixed bag of tricks, granted these old dogs still have some new ones in ‘em. “shatter your lungs” is heavy on the james dewees and i mean that as “he’s the whole freakin’ song.”
everything from the drums, bass, samples, synth squelches… everything save for for matt pryor’s familiar voice is all james. james in full effect, as it were. and that’s pretty damn awesome. check out the song at the link below.
the get up kids – shatter your lungs
the fine folk over at stereogum, sent essayist t. cole rachel into the field to conduct a progress report with long-time emo vets, the get up kids, who are releasing their first album in 7 years, these are rules, their first since reuniting this past year. the kids share studio stories, reason for their reformation, and a brand new song, the garage-rock “regent’s court.”
check that out here.
with the get up kids full us tour about to kick off, frontman matt pryor stopped by the daytrotter studios to lay down some material from his solo cd confidence man as well as an unreleased new amsterdams song. years of writing for the get up kids and his several other projects, matt pryor still sustains the melancholy love-songs he has become so adept at writing, albeit more maturely with each album released, but rest assured, he’s no one-trick pony. pryor gives meaning and insight into each individual song here, drawing inspiration from all sources, not just angsty heartbreak, though it’s what he’s best known for.
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