The New Amsterdams
Originating from Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Matthew Pryor is best known for the power chord charged emo rock of his full-time band, the Get Up Kids. However, he also finds time for an extra-curricular project, the mostly acoustic based, slacker alt pop outfit New Amsterdams. The band specialize in a tranquil, laid back sound, in contrast to his other high volume outfits. Signing with the same indie label as the Get Up Kids (Vagrant Records), the New Amsterdams premiered in 2000, with the debut Never You Mind. Although it may have caught long-time fans a bit off guard, the album was received favourably by and large, as it earned comparisons to media darlings such as Elliott Smith and Sebadohs Lou Barlow. With a variety of different musicians helping in the studio and on stage (Get Up Kids bass player Robbie Pope has been known to contribute, as well as fellow Vagrant recording artists Hot Rod Circuit), Pryor is the only constant in the band. In 2002, Para...