The New Amsterdams

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The New Amsterdams
OriginLawrence, Kansas, U.S.
GenresAcoustic rock, indie rock
Years active2000–present
LabelsElmar / Curb Appeal, Vagrant
Associated actsThe Get Up Kids, The Terrible Twos
Past members

The New Amsterdams is an American band featuring Matthew Pryor of The Get Up Kids.


The New Amsterdams began as a solo project to then-lead singer for The Get Up Kids, Matt Pryor. In 2000, he released his debut album Never You Mind, which was largely made up of acoustic tracks with sparse accompaniment. However, the album also featured Alex Brahl,Ed Rose, Jake Cardwell & Rob Pope providing extra instrument tracks.

Two years later in January 2002, Pryor released Para Toda Vida, this time sticking almost purely to acoustic guitar, with the exception of a few tracks utilizing harmonica and banjo as well. However, the next year the band went a step further in the release of Worse for the Wear, which utilized a full band for the first time, which at this time included Get Up Kids bandmates Ryan Pope and his brother Rob, as well as longtime friend and producer Ed Rose. The album was one of the earlier albums to be recorded at Black Lodge Studios, the recording studio renovated and co-owned by Ed Rose and the members of The Get Up Kids.

The band's next album, Killed or Cured was released in 2005. However, it was written during a turbulent time within The Get Up Kids leading up to the band's breakup. Because of this Vagrant Records, the label to which both the bands were signed, didn't want to release the album until The Get Up Kids finished their farewell tour in the summer of that year. For this reason, a portion of the album was released online for free via the New Amsterdams website. The album was released in its full version through retail channels on April 10, 2007.

In 2006, the band released the album Story Like a Scar with what is now the current lineup, including Bill Belzer on drums, Eric McCann on upright bass, and Dustin Kinsey on guitar.

In September 2007, the band released another album, At the Foot of My Rival on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download. However, after a long relationship with Vagrant Records, the band decided to release the album on Elmar, (named after Pryor's son Elliot Marshall) an offshoot of Curb Appeal Records, owned in part by former Get Up Kids bandmate Jim Suptic.

In January 2008 the band released a collection of demos and b-sides, available exclusively through their website.

In May of the same year, they went on their first European tour, starting in Amsterdam. The band planned to go into a small hiatus after that due to Matt Pryor's involvement with the Get Up Kids. In a November 2011 interview with, Pryor said he had plans to release a New Amsterdams compilation.



Year Title Record Label
2000 Never You Mind Vagrant Records
2002 Para Toda Vida Vagrant Records
2003 Worse for the Wear Vagrant Records
2006 Story Like a Scar Vagrant Records
2007 Killed or Cured Vagrant Records
2007 At the Foot of My Rival Curb Appeal Records
2013 Outroduction Nightshoes Syndicate


Year Title Record Label
2007 The Companion of My Rival Curb Appeal Records
2008 Killed or Cured Appendix Self-released
2008 Demos, Etc. 2003–2008 Self-released

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