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The Get Up Kids’ Matt Pryor stands tall on new solo song “I Won’t Be Afraid” — listen

Forthcoming Memento Mori LP wrestles with the idea of mortality

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    As if the loss of David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen wasn’t hard enough, The Get Up Kids frontman Matt Pryor has also had to say goodbye to a number of personal acquaintances over the years. These deaths, as well as the friends and families they’ve left behind, are the focal point of his upcoming solo effort, Memento Mori. “This album is both a way for us to remember them and to celebrate everyday the lives that we still have,” he explained in a press statement.

    Along with appreciating life, Pryor makes it a point to reject death. This brazen approach toward mortality drives his latest LP track, “I Won’t Be Afraid”. Over gentle, folky guitar, he offers up a calming but resolute promise: “When the day is gone/ The light begins to fade, I won’t be afraid.” “This is a song about not being afraid to die,” Pryor tells Consequence of Sound. “Well, or more about trying to not be afraid to die. It’s not something that I am not very good at, I worry about it all the time.”

    Stream it down below.

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    The self-produced Memento Mori, which follows 2013’s Wrist Slitter, lands in stores on February 17th through Equal Vision/Rory Records. For more, hear “A Small Explosion”.

    Memento Mori Artwork:

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    Memento Mori Tracklist:
    01. Mary
    02. A Small Explosion
    03. Sidney
    04. I Won’t Be Afraid
    05. Stay
    06. Where is Juan Carlos?
    07. When We Go Wrong
    08. Risk
    09. Is This Home?
    10. Virginia

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    Matt Pryor 2017 Tour Dates:
    02/16 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
    02/17 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
    02/18 – Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
    02/19 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive
    02/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory at The Masquerade
    02/22 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge
    02/23 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at House of Blues
    02/24 – Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
    02/25 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
    02/26 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
    03/16 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Outside
    03/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
    03/18 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
    03/19 – Columbus, OH @ Woodland Tavern
    03/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
    03/22 – Buffalo, NY @ Babeville at the 9th Ward
    03/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
    03/24 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
    03/25 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
    04/13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
    04/14 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
    04/15 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
    04/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
    04/17 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar
    04/19 – New Haven, CT @ BAR
    04/20 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
    04/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
    04/22 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
    05/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
    05/12 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
    05/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
    05/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
    05/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
    05/18 – Sisters, OR @ The Suttle Lodge
    05/19 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    05/20 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern

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