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Matt Pryor

Memento Mori

Equal Vision Records / Rory Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Matt Pryor, best known for his work in The Get Up Kids, has been quietly amassing a sizeable library of solo work.  Given the focus of his seminal emo band, it’s not surprising that Pryor’s independent output retains strong emotional overtones.  Defined largely as an acoustic affair,  Pryor’s unmistakably fragile vocals communicate a deeply personal and intimate connection with his work.  His latest effort, Memento Mori, showcases Pyror’s pensive, wispy demeanor, making for an album every bit as light at it is somber.  Memento Mori isn’t something to sing along to on a sunny day, but rather a collection of tracks well worth contemplating while gazing through a rain-drizzled window.

Laced with soft strung guitar chords and lightly landing piano notes, opener “Mary” sets Memento Mori up as a very unassuming introduction.  “Mary, I’m sorry, I didn’t have the will to fight, the fire in the house tonight,” apologizes Pryor during his opening lines.  A sense of sadness pervades each word – washing a wave of defeat over listeners.  It’s the type of song that takes a few listens before its full weight bares itself, but certainly grows into something quite intimate once familiar.  Others  like “A Small Explosion” expand on this sense of growth with wispy harmonies elevating choruses without giving into the temptation of writing a mainstream Chris Carrabba radio single.  Further songs like “Sidney,” “I Won’t Be Afraid,” and “When We Go Wrong” showcase Pryor’s knack for maintaining this sense of balance throughout Memento Mori.

The only potential issue that some may find with the album is that the’s rather slow, methodical pacing, gets a little sluggish.  Tracks like “Where Is Juan Carlos” perhaps overdo the slow and somber approach, risking a mid-album lull in energy.  Thankfully the disc never coasts to a complete stop, but there are a few moments that may have benefited from slight nudge on the accelerator.

Matt Pryor offers another solid installment in his emotional series of solo albums.  The album isn’t his most distinct work (that honour remains with May Day), but maintains many of the songwriting hallmarks of which Pryor’s fan base admires him for.  All in all, Memento Mori is a safe and enjoyable addition to Pryor’s discography.

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“It feels good to have some new music coming out. We thought this song would be right to release first, as the energy and vibe sums up this EP. Terror is always going to be Terror, and we’re proud to be consistent and on point with our sound. But still we are always trying to push and make sure the urgency and reality is always in everything we do.”

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The Real McKenzies

Two Devils Will Talk

STOMP Records (CAN) / Fat Wreck Chords (US)
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

What can I say about The Real McKenzies that hasn’t been said before?  The roughneck Vancouver-based crew of Celtic misfits have been an undeniable force in the global punk scene since the early 90’s and continue to build on their legacy with each passing album and release.  Their latest full length, Two Devils Will Talk, continues the brash bagpipe-meets-punk-rock formula that the band remains best known for.

Paul McKenzie’s unmistakable vocal presence sounds as weathered and energetic as ever, enhanced by a rasp bestowed by a lengthy career and the passage of time.  “We’ll march and we’ll never falter, side by side we’ll sing our song, let’s have a cheer for our fallen brethren, through us they will never die,” belts the band in a whiskey-drenched choral cry, reflecting The Real McKenzies’ stubborn, undying drive.  “Due West” launches into a quick-landing tempo that persists through the lion’s share of Two Devils Will Talk’s.  Make no mistake, Two Devils Will Talk is a quick and rambunctious beast, seldom pausing to catch its breath.  “Weyburn” and “One Day” further join in on the excitement, hammering through chorus and verse with a quick-paced melodic drive that is every bit as singable as it is sonically agile.  Later offerings like “Pedal,” “The Town” and “The Comeback” follow suit, with the latter trumpeting some seriously speedy riffs embodying the track’s message of resistance and longevity.  In terms of outright style, the disc feels markedly more Flatfoot 56 than Flogging Molly.  In other words, this time around, there is an undeniable punk-rock presence leading at the helm.

It isn’t until the hearty, wayward tune “Seafarers” that the boys embark on a mid-tempo adventure onto the high seas.  A classic Real McKenzies excursion chronicling a crew narrowly defying disaster.   Likewise, the nostalgic Stan Rogers Canadian acepella classic “Northwest Passage” marks a rare and powerful vocal-exclusive moment reminiscent of The Dreadnoughts, before transforming the colonial tale of “discovery” into a full-on punk tune.  It’s a great rendition of the song, even if the track’s romanticized view of colonial history has long since been challenged by historical scholarship.

As always, The Real McKenzies deliver a prime example of the fun to be had in the raucous world of Celtic punk.  Two Devils Will Talk reinforces that the sands of time have done little to dull The Real Mckenzies sharp edge.  While the album doesn’t necessarily differentiate itself from the band’s discography, Two Devils Will Talk is a case where more of the same is more than welcome when the product is so well founded.  Another worthwhile and entertaining offering by one of Celtic punk’s finest.

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Listen to the track here courtesy Rookie Magazine.

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Listen to “Wanderlust” and make pre-orders here.

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Tour dates are below.

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