Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Matt Pryor - May Day"

After reuniting and releasing a new album last year with the Get Up Kids, frontman Matt Pryor found time to write and record a new solo album of emotional folk rock, May Day. Out today and self-released on his own Nightshoes Syndicate Records, his sophomore solo album was recorded last May (hence the title) and was funded in part by his fans through a Kickstarter campaign.

“Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down” opens the twelve-track album with Pryor’s unique voice and a ramshackle acoustic guitar to set the tone. “The Lies Are Keeping Me Here” follows with a pounding rhythm, harmonica and a catchy chorus. “Where Do We Go From Here” stands out with a bouncy, whistle-inducing piano melody and a shuffling beat. The bittersweet “Like A Professional” slows down the pace and features Pryor’s distinct storytelling. The earnest and emotional “As If I Could Fall In Love With You Again” is propelled by driving, foot-tapping strumming and more train-yard harmonica for another standout moment. “Polish The Broken Glass” gives more of a full band feel with a jaunty mandolin figures and a more pronounced beat along with an infectious sing along chorus. “Unhappy Is The Only Happy That You’ll Ever Be” features a strummed banjo and gently picked acoustic guitars and Matt’s way of making a sad song happy. First single, “Your New Favorite” just might be your new favorite with close-knit harmonies and a roots rock sound. The piano-led “You Won’t Get Any Blood From Me” and its heartfelt harmonies will remind you of an acoustic take on classic Get Up Kids. And the album closes with the cyclical guitars and somber melodies of “I Was A Witness” and the weary-eyed and wistful closer “What My Tired Eyes Would View”.

May Day showcases a refreshed Pryor’s catchiest and most evocative songwriting in years.

Before he begins his headlining dates, you can catch him on the Where’s The Band Tour with Anthony Raneri of Bayside, Chris Conley of Saves The Day and Ace Enders of The Early November and Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It.

Download "Your New Favorite" here: http://sneakattackmedia.com/media/899/YourNewFavorite.mp3

For more info: http://www.facebook.com/mattpryorsongs and http://twitter.com/mattpryorsongs 
and http://www.facebook.com/wherestheband


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