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Album Review

Get Up Kids and New Amsterdams mastermind Matt Pryor has been tunneling himself out of dark places, both figuratively and literally, for the majority of his 17-year career, so it should come as no surprise that his third long-player is called Wrist Slitter. In less talented hands, such a half-assed cry for help of a title might elicit howls of mascara-smeared laughter, but Pryor's take on post-emo-folk-punk is steeped as much in the heartland rage of Against Me! and Frank Turner as it is the cruel existential despondency of Sunny Day Real Estate. Recorded with New Amsterdams drummer Bill Belzer and guitarist Eric McCann, Pryor, for the most part, has eschewed the largely solo acoustic, confessional singer/songwriter vibe of albums past for an aesthetic closer to the nervy, sweaty, yet ultimately tuneful attack of his meal-ticket band. That's not to say that he's abandoned the bedroom confessional altogether, as evidenced by more muted offerings like "As Perfect as We'll Ever Be," which, despite its opening line ("Alone in my head, because there's no one around/one step away from the brink"), is actually a very moving and thoughtful love song, but the bulk of Wrist Slitter is spent assessing, through the primal scream that is rock & roll, the damage of a life lived on or near the emotional edge, with highlights arriving via the fiery "Won't Speak to Me," the pitch-perfect single "Kinda Go to Pieces," and the banjo-and-cello-led, gospel-tinged title cut.

Customer Reviews


To the man who gave me the soundtrack to my life, thank you. Even my little one loves The Terrible Twos. See you in SLC next year.

Still Solid

Another quality album from Matt Pryor. If you love TGUK, New Ams, and his other solo stuff, you'll like this just fine. A nice surprise cameo from Chris Conley is on here as well. Few can write a song like Matt Pryor.


Way to take us back Matt!


Born: Lawrence, Kansas

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Prolific Lawrence, Kansas-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Matt Pryor began his music career in 1994 with the ska-punk outfit Secret Decoder Ring, but it would only be a year later that he would form the band that would come to define him, the Get Up Kids. One of the premier second wave emo rock outfits out the mid-'90s/early 2000s, the group released five acclaimed studio albums before going on hiatus in 2012. During his time with the Get Up Kids, Pryor began issuing solo material under the...
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