Matt Pryor used to tour with his bandmates. These days, he's hitting the road with his kids in an RV. "I thought it'd be a cool idea," The Get Up Kids and New Amsterdams singer said recently. So far, so good. "I think I'll keep them," he cracked. Pryor is currently on the road in support of his second solo album entitled May Day, which has garnered critical acclaim since it dropped earlier this year.
Late last month, Pryor made a pit stop at the Music Conservatory of Westchester to film an "A-Sides" session while traveling in that RV to his next gig in New Haven, CT. Inside a studio in that White Plains music school, he performed "Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down" and to quote Will Ferrell as James Lipton, it was "scrumtrulescent." Watch the acoustic track below followed by a brief interview which Pryor delightfully set to music.
Like Pryor, KDrew made a pit stop at the Conservatory, performing his track "One" within its Music Therapy Institute practice room for an "A-Sides." KDrew, or Kevin Drew for those who call him a BFF, is a New Jersey singer/songwriter who has been dropping free EPs every month since November 2011. That ambitious move has garnered him attention from such outlets as MTV and AOL. "Free: Vol. 5" just dropped and features an already buzzed about remix of Gotye's mega-single "Somebody That I Used To Know." Watch below as this up-and-comer performs and chats about those aforementioned EPs and where his career his heading.
He's also generously giving away two tracks to our readers:
Download an acoustic version of "One" here.
Download KDrew's remix of Gotye's "Somebody I Used To Know" here.
About A-Sides with Jon Chattman
Jon Chattman's music series features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing.