September 16, 2013 – Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids) is pleased to announce his signing to Rory Records/Equal Vision Records along with the release of a new full-length album and EP in 2013. The EP, a collaborative work with long-time colleague James Dewees (Reggie & The Full Effect, The Get Up Kids, My Chemical Romance), will be released on October 1st, 2013. On November 12th, 2013, Pryor is set to release his third solo album Wrist Slitter, the follow up album to 2012’s self-released May Day.
On signing with Rory Records – the Equal Vision Records label imprint founded by Say Anything frontman Max Bemis – Pryor comments, "I've been a fan of Max's songwriting for a while, I feel like I got to know him when he was on my [Nothing To Write Home About] podcast. He's a very passionate guy and he's got a good mind for this business (which is rare in an artist). He approached me about working with Rory Records/Equal Vision Records. I had put out my last couple records myself and was looking to work with a partner that could do more than just me sitting at my dining room table. It seemed like a sign that Max called right when I was about to start searching. We got on the horn and after one phone call I was in."
Pryor further explains his collaboration with Dewees, “I jump at any chance to work or even hang out with James. I owe a lot of what I know about songwriting to him. We hadn't really written together in almost three years (since the last TGUK record) and he approached me out of the blue with these new songs he'd written. He is never at a loss for musical ideas but words aren't really his thing. It's a perfect collaboration because I like to toil over lyrics. He can just send me a finished instrumental song (because he can play almost any instrument) and I can have something new to sing about.”
Though best known for his work as the primary singer-songwriter for The Get Up Kids, Pryor has a vast musical catalog including his folk-tinged group The New Amsterdams, children’s music project Terrible Twos and indie-rock super group Lasorda – featuring Nate Harold (fun.), Mike Standberg (Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band), and Dustin Kinsey (The New Amsterdams). Never one to slow down, Pryor also contributes to Chicago start-up Downwrite – a website that enables artists to create fan-commissioned songs and connect with fans on a personal and creative level – and performs online concerts for StageIt – an online platform dedicated to monetized live streamed performances. In 2012, Pryor started his own Nothing To Write Home About podcast wherein he interviews fellow musicians and industry friends such as Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra), Chris Conley (Saves The Day), Kevin Devine, Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), and more.
This winter will see Pryor on the road in support of the new album with label mates Max Bemis (Say Anything), Sherri DuPree Bemis (Eisley), Perma, and Merriment. Dates included below.
Matt Pryor and James Dewees EP Track Listing:
** all dates with Max Bemis (Say Anything), Sherri DuPree Bemis (Eisley), Perma + Merriment