Last night’s Get Up Kids show at Houston’s Warehouse Live featured a revitalized kind of Kids, the same kids whose late-90’s records shaped an angsty generation’s outlook on music and its ideals; That the idea of a rockstar didn’t belong exclusively to that era’s rockstar. The quiet kid in class was brimming with buzzsaw riffs and bittersweet yet freewheeling lyrics. Many bands have since capitalized on the foundation that The Get Up Kids have built, most with more mainstream success than the modest following that their forefathers drew. But in the years that have passed since their trademark sound has been commercialized into a flashy caricature of its former self by rookie upstarts, the Kids have grown up, sharpened their songwriting craft, and setlled into an inevitable adult reality. A new chapter might have opened in these mid-thirtysomethings’ lives, but after all these years, the kids are still alright.
hit the jump for the full review and a full video of the encore.
what to do after a seven year split and you’ve aged as ungracefully as your band name? the get up kids are back with there are rules (out january 25th) and the ace up these guys’ sleeves is how much they’ve matured without ever really growing up.
the fine folk over at stereogum, sent essayist t. cole rachel into the field to conduct a progress report with long-time emo vets, the get up kids, who are releasing their first album in 7 years, these are rules, their first since reuniting this past year. the kids share studio stories, reason for their reformation, and a brand new song, the garage-rock “regent’s court.”
really, it’s been 10 years? my my how time does fly when you measure time in bad breakups and the frustrations of youth.
indeed it’s the 10 year anniversary of the get up kids’ something to write home about and it’s being repackaged with a full dvd concert, expanded artwork, and original demos from the stwha era. it’s everything a cardigan wearing, bespectacled emo could ever want (this bear included).