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Matt Pryor / Chris Conley

Matt Pryor / Chris Conley: live in Vancouverlive in Vancouver (2008)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


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Few lineups could evoke the same kind of nostalgia that this one did: Chris Conley of Saves the Day and Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids breaking out acoustic guitars for a solo tour. Both artists released albums that defined my high school years (Through Being Cool and Something to Write Home About), .


Few lineups could evoke the same kind of nostalgia that this one did: Chris Conley of Saves the Day and Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids breaking out acoustic guitars for a solo tour. Both artists released albums that defined my high school years (Through Being Cool and Something to Write Home About), and to see both in a small venue seemed like a wonderful opportunity. The audience at the show was rather diverse, and judging by the T-shirts of the audience, was made up of as many people wanting to hear songs from Can't Slow Down as those looking forward to some New Amsterdams tracks.

Chris Conley started his set by doing a couple of requests. Though Chris did have a set list, after about three songs he stopped following it, and just started taking requests from the audience. It made for one of the most enjoyable concert experiences I've ever been to, because as long as you were vocal about it, you likely had your favourite track played. I was fortunate enough to hear a great acoustic rendition of my request (and favourite Saves the Day song), "Always Ten Feet Tall." Chris was very enthusiastic, and clearly was really enjoying his time on the tour, although he did have to discourage people from requesting tracks off Can't Slow Down. Surprisingly, Through Being Cool had very few requests or tracks played off of it, while both In Reverie and their B-Sides collection, Ups and Downs, were extremely well-represented.

Set list (as best as I can remember):

Can't Slow Down

  • Three Miles Down
  • Always Ten Feet Tall
Through Being Cool
  • Rocks Tonic Juice Magic
Stay What You Are
  • Freakish
  • At Your Funeral
  • Certain Tragedy
  • This Is Not an Exit
In Reverie
  • What Went Wrong
  • In My Waking Life
  • Driving in the Dark
  • Coconut
Ups and Downs
  • Jessie and My Whetstone
  • I Think I'll Quit
  • Take Our Cars Now
  • Hold
  • Sell My Old Clothes, I'm Off to Heaven
  • A Drag in D-Flat
Sound the Alarm
  • Don't Know Why
Under the Boards
  • Bye Bye Baby
Matt started his set almost immediately after Chris finished. Despite the venue being 19+, Matt's daughter was in the venue, sitting back at the merch booth watching "Animaniacs" on a portable DVD player. Matt's set was mostly comprised of songs from his new solo disc, Confidence Man. Accordingly, I have no idea as to the set list, but I will say that the tracks from the new album sounded very good live. Matt has a great stage presence, and though he didn't speak much, when he did, it was usually entertaining. Of particular note was when he introduced a song by stating that it was about divorce, and asked if anyone in the crowd had been divorced. One guy raised his hand and yelled out "Twice!" Matt quickly responded by asking "Shit man, didn't you learn the first time?" Though most of the songs played were Matt's newer solo tracks, he did throw in a handful of New Amsterdams songs and three Get Up Kids tracks ("Overdue," "I'll Catch You," and "Eastern Standard Time").

I suppose the only flaw that I can find in the night was that it was uneven. What I mean is that, while both artists performed exceptionally well, Conley really set it up to be a fun, request-all kind of night. And I think that this made most of the audience anticipate (or at least hope for) the same sort of set by Pryor, as evidenced by about 10 different kids asking for "Holiday" through Matt's set. But that's a rather minor quibble that should not deter anyone with the slightest interest in either of these artists from going to one of their shows.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
joemomma420666 (September 10, 2008)

score is for arrested development reference.

inagreendase (September 10, 2008)

Why can't we comment on people's comments in reviews, Punknews???

I'm doing this right now.

bryne (September 10, 2008)

That new Matt Pryor record is not good.

It's good, not great. I submitted a review for it, maybe it'll get posted soon.

preston (September 10, 2008)

That new Matt Pryor record is not good.

Franco (September 10, 2008)

I would of done anything to see this. Unfortunately the closest show was 4 hours away and Chris didn't play.

colin (September 10, 2008)

whoa shit matt played i'll catch you? holy awesome.

overdefined (September 10, 2008)

"Surprisingly, Through Being Cool had very few requests or tracks played off of it, while both In Reverie and their B-Sides collection, Ups and Downs, were extremely well-represented."

That's because he hears the requests he wants to hear. I've seen him do this.

aaronsuspect (September 10, 2008)

Matt played freaking Overdue? I'm so pissed I missed this tour now.

I've seen Chris Conley and Dave on the last acoustic tour. As much as I love them, I couldn't watch it acoustic again. Especially just Chris. I mean, I would watch it but I wasn't super stoked about it.

Why can't we comment on people's comments in reviews, Punknews???

red_eye_inc (September 10, 2008)

Score is for Animaniacs.

I think the B-Sides collection probably seemed so well represented because it has all the songs from the old acoustic e.p.

gnarlynarwhals (September 10, 2008)

and we have a winner! score is for below comment/quote

heylittlefingers (September 10, 2008)

Confidence man 2: a minor but meaty role.

I never saw the first Confidence Man

Holy_Balls (September 10, 2008)

Saves the Day and the Get Up Kids are my favorite bands. I wish Chris was on my date of this tour. But good thing he wasn't, because I forgot Matt came here and didn't get tickets haha. I still need to get Matt's solo album.

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