out and about: the get up kids
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 04, 2011

  • Posted by: Matt Howard

I have a distant, yet lucid, memory of my father returning home from his first experience of a Rolling Stones reunion tour. Finally, I have gained an appreciation of how the 40-year-old man could become so giddy with nostalgic excitement. The Get Up Kids' performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg similarly affected the eclectic assortment of attendees. A quick glance of the sardine-packed venue provided an enlightening image of the profound influence that The Get Up Kids had on today's music. As the music scene has ferociously evolved, individuals have separated themselves into particular scenes. The eager crowd on March 3 had such an intense level of diversity that labels became ambiguous. Everyone shared a mutual adoration of The Get Up Kids' role in shaping their favored, contemporary genres.

The Get Up Kids produced four, full-length albums prior to their 2005 split and farewell. They were the founders of a new generation's musical taste. Their 8-year reign catered to those emaciated by the mainstream musical supply. Simple and often powerfully heartfelt, their relatable ballads became the soundtracks of the neglected.

Finally, The Get Up Kids worked out their personal kinks and produced a four-song EP, Simple Science, in 2009. On their first reunion tour, they announced the creation of their sixth album, There Are Rules.

They performed a total of 23 songs for their Brooklyn audience. Although the tour is dedicated to There Are Rules, they delivered a set list packed with classics. They opened with the first track of There Are Rules, "Tithe", which sent the audience into a hop-frenzy with its fresh synthy touches, iconic speedy drumming, and the distortion of Matthew Pryor's timeless vocals. Their new songs pleased fans as they have grasped the modern re-establisment of 80s synth and keys in songs like "Shatter Your Lungs", and "Pararelevant". Craze spread through the building when they played the evening's first flashback, "I'm A Loner Dottie, A Rebel" of 1999's Something to Write Home About. Pryor often rejected his mic, as it would have been a fruitless effort to challenge the crowd's collective singing. They explored their entire catalogue with songs like "Coming Clean" of Four Minute Mile and "Overdue" of "On A Wire". They closed the set with "I'll Catch You", also out of Something to Write Home About. It's difficult to imagine that anyone in the crowd hadn't put that track on a CD mix for their high school crush.

Of course, there was an encore. They performed a great cover of The Replacements' "Beer For Breakfast". This was followed by two legendary favorites, "Holiday", "No Love", closing with "Ten Minutes". They may have hit the stage a little late following Brian Bonz and The Miniature Tigers (check them out on our Guest Apartment), but their lengthy performance provided audiences with an epic show.

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The Guest Apartment: Miniature Tigers
The Get Up Kids on Myspace

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