Breaking Up 101: Lose a ‘Lover’ with the New Amsterdams

Former Get Up Kids and current New Amsterdamsfrontman Matt Pryor knows his way so well around a break-up song thathe could teach a course. On “Dear Lover,” class is in session. Duringhis days with the emo-pioneering Kids, Pryor scored make outs, make upsand break ups with a tossed-off ease and youthful flair. Now grown,Pryor’s life experience floats above acoustic fingerings on “DearLover” as he implores, “Hard living’s the only way I can get by.”

Soundingboth worn-down and oddly self-assured, Pryor baldly confessesinfidelity, warning knowingly against the hazards of smothering a freespirit — you may get older, but love doesn’t get any easier. The otherAmsterdams take a breather, leaving only a simple strum pattern to holdthe weight of crushing claims, dictated in letter form, on this takefrom the band’s sessions for their sixth studio long-player. At the Foot of My Rival lands this week via Curb Appeal and the band’s own Elmar label.

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The New Amsterdams – “Dear Lover” DOWNLOAD MP3

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Talk: ‘Dear’ New Amsterdams fan: does this B-side ‘rival’ the band’s past achievements?

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