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Album Review

The third album by Matthew Pryor's Get Up Kids' side project, the New Amsterdams, splits the difference between the full-band Never You Mind, and the entirely solo Para Toda Vida, returning the rhythm section of the former, while keeping the largely acoustic focus of the latter. With its touches of banjo, flashes of wry humor, and more sprightly tempos — all attributes heard to good effect on the sardonic road diary "Asleep at the Wheel" — Worse for the Wear is the most relaxed-sounding and brightest New Amsterdams record yet, and with songs as catchy as "The Spoils of the Spoiled," and the oddly '70s rock piano-based tune, "From California," the New Amsterdams are in danger of taking over from the Get Up Kids as Pryor's most interesting and memorable band.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Lawrence, KS

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Indie rock outfit the New Amsterdams were pioneered by Get Up Kids vocalist/guitarist Matthew Pryor as a side project, and his personal emotion continued to be redefined and molded upon a musical cast of energetic pop. Joining Pryor were drummer Jake Cardwell, guitarist Alex Brahl, and Get Up Kids bassist Robert Pope. Since forming the Get Up Kids in 1996, Pryor needed another outlet for his stripped melodies to sheer off the typical emo associations...
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