Does anybody remember the Get Up Kids? If not, that’s okay. Because Matt Pryor (the voice behind that classic emo band), is working as hard as ever. While his current projects aren’t as culturally impacting as his former, The New Amsterdams and Terrible Two’s are excellent representations of a musician who can keep sincere about his art no matter what stage of life he happens to be in.
Both of the ReleBlog Music bloggers were at Schuba’s this weekend. Tower and I enjoyed a sold-out, 21 and up New Amsterdams show on Friday. So much so that we had to take a picture of our excited faces. The band delighted us to a nice blend of acoustic rock and country tonk. Notice the upright and lap steel:
It was a good evening in Chicago. There was a lot of snow outside, and Christmas decorations inside. We had one of those warm Christmastime feelings as the music played into the night.
But I liked the next day even more. I came back to Schuba’s Saturday at 12:30 in the afternoon for a kid’s show. Matt’s side project, The Terrible Two’s, made a special outing for the children of Chicago (before playing another New Amsterdams show later that night).
Watching kids stomp around in Schuba’s was something you just don’t get to see very often. I was happy to see all of these kids get such an early start in scoring the scene points. They’ll be at a show by age 15 saying “psh, I saw matt pryor when I was 4 dude… that was, like, ten years ago…” If anyone reading has kids, make sure to get them a Terrible Two’s CD for Christmas. It’s a bunch of songs about owls, math, and dinosaurs. Very cute music, and it isn’t even annoying for adults either. Good for the whole family!