The Pryor Theory

The Pryor Theory

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The Pryor Theory inhabit the space where hip hop and indie collide, marrying radio friendly melodies with sample-laden cinematic beats. A duo of drum-obsessed beat-freaks with an ear for melancholy melodics, a penchant for crate-digger sampling, and the skill to make it all sound uplifting.

Biography

While the past decade has seen the indie kids go dance and the dance kids go indie, The Pryor Theory's 2005 formation was primarily the result of their near over-exposure to the DJ and Hip Hop scenes in Melbourne circa 2002-2005, which saw the city regularly drenched in the sweat of intense shows put on by the likes of The Avalanches (Brains DJ Sets), DJ Dexter and the Shook Daily Crew, TZU, Muph & Plutonic, and Art of War. The effect on the duo was profound, propelling them to embrace the turntable of seamless looping and crate-digging tendencies, absconding their former post-Radiohead, guitar-laden obsessions for a more altogether hip-hop bounce, sans rhymes (except in the case of Melbourne dancehall emcee Damajah's guest vocal injection on the lead track Sneaker Rat from the band's impressive debut album, El Futuro).

Though the set includes material from their infancy way back in '05, it sounds less embryonic than finely crafted, as if their musical nucleus was there from the start, and their task was not to amass a virtual armada of tracks and pick and chose the cream, but remix and re-craft the core material into infinite mutations. Repeat listens to the record reveal recurring motifs and textures interwoven amongst the crackly sampled layers that fill the cinematic corners of the album's production. There's none of the daring eclecticism and anything-goes technique of the Dust Brothers here, nor the rampant party-treacle, 4-bar revolving-door-of-hits intensity of Girl Talk, but even at its roughest, this inventive collection proves deep enough to live in. On their debut, The Pryor Theory demonstrate a remarkably mature marriage of sample infused beats with simple, soulful melodics, and El Futuro is awash in these trademark moments.

Live, the band augment their original material with an equal measure of mash-up inspired beat jacking, merging the lyrics of everyone from The Beatles to Kelis over instrumentals from the likes of Naughty by Nature and NAS. With a growing resume of appearances at festivals from St Kilda to Peats Ridge, all the way to the Big Day Out, and continued support and airplay on Triple J radio since their discovery in 2006 on triplejunearthed.com, The Pryor Theory have finally arrived in 2009 with their debut album in hand, casually confident, giggling like a couple of chuffed kids who just got out of seeing The Empire Strikes Back and are walking past a sea of first-timers lining-up at the box-office praying you won't blow the movie's "big surprises" on them. And in that spirit, the band have already announced that they intend to revert to a so-called "singles format" in follow-up to the release of El Futuro by individually releasing songs for download as they are completed. The first of these single releases, titled Remember, hints at a brasher, instrumental direction for the duo. It is scheduled for release in late 2009.

Lyrics

Caught in the Middle

Written By: The Pryor Theory

Hands up, I'm caught in the middle
Hanging by a wire from the 15th floor
Stand up, gotta solve the riddle
Gotta hold me back because I just want more

And you know it's true
I'm nothing without you
So we watch and wait and we pass some time
Just one thing on my mind

Hands up, I'm caught in the middle
Hanging by a wire from the 15th floor
Stand up, gotta solve the riddle
Gotta hold me back because I just want more

So we say goodbye
Then you realize
We're right back where we started from
Behind enemy lines

Gotta get out of here before
Before I lose my mind
Gotta restrain myself before we lose
Again this time x2

Hands up, I'm caught in the middle
Hanging by a wire from the 15th floor
Stand up, gotta solve the riddle
Gotta hold me back because I just want more (repeat)

I'm caught in the middle (repeat)

Tomorrow Bomb

Written By: Matthew Kimberley

Tomorrow drowning in sorrow
Pay back the money you borrowed
A bitter pill that has to be swallowed but it makes you feel alright (repeat)

Temperature is rising, time is running out
Its a critical condition, the time to act is now
Fully locked and loaded, weapons drawn we stand
A chemical reaction, supply and demand

Tomorrow drowning in sorrow
Pay back the money you borrowed
A bitter pill that has to be swallowed but it makes you feel alright (repeat)

The birds have stopped sining, lights are going out
The rain has stopped falling, we're burning in the drought
The leaves on the trees are turning evergreen to brown

(one person, a lot of machines, tapes, electronic set-ups)

Who is gonna save us, who's gonna turn the tide
How we gonna stop this, and open up your eyes
Dreams of the way it was, faded to black
Now we got ourselves here there's no going back

Tomorrow drowning in sorrow
Pay back the money you borrowed
A bitter pill that has to be swallowed but it makes you feel alright (x4)

Discography

La Fora Mundo EP, 2005

Caught in the Middle (mp3 single from www.triplejunearthed.com/thepryortheory), 2006

Several Thousand Questions (mp3 single from www.triplejunearthed.com/thepryortheory), 2007

El Futuro LP, 2009

Set List

Typical sets range from 45 minutes up to 60 minutes. Songs range from 3 minutes to 6 minutes long and include vinyl mash-ups with live drums and vocals as well as original electronica