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The Get Up Kids

Kansas City's Get Up Kids play melodic, pop-inflected emo similar to the Promise Ring and Braid, with whom the band released a split single in 1998. The influential group -- vocalist/guitarist Matthew Pryor, guitarist/vocalist Jim Suptic, bassist Robert Pope, and drummer Ryan Pope (Robert's younger brother, who replaced Nathan Shay early on) -- debuted in 1996 with a slew of 7"s, including Shorty on the Huey Proudhon label and All Stars on Doghouse Records. Both the Woodson EP and their debut full-length, Four Minute Mile, the latter recorded with Shellac's Bob Weston, were released in 1997. The well-received albums started a growing buzz around the indie rock scene, even causing the bandmembers to field offers from major labels, which they ultimately turned down. In 1998, the Get Up Kids toured extensively with bands like the Promise Ring and Jimmy Eat World and released more singles, including "I'm a Loner, Dottie, a Rebel," which also appeared on their classic 1999 album, Something to Write Home About. Released through Heroes & Villains/Vagrant, Something to Write Home About featured newly added keyboardist James Dewees and focused the scrappy energy of their promising debut into a visceral and intelligent collection of highly introspective and melodic songs that would go on to influence countless bands; the album garnered high critical and fan praise and made the Get Up Kids heroes of the emocore scene.

The band resurfaced two years later, re-releasing some of its early works as the album Eudora and hitting the road with Green Day, Hot Rod Circuit, and Weezer along the way. It wasn't until 2002 that a new album, On a Wire, surfaced, featuring more sparsely arranged and somber songs different than the stirring emo-pop of before. The relatively more upbeat Guilt Show, the band's fifth album and third effort with producer Ed Rose, appeared in spring 2004. The concert album Live @ the Granada Theater surfaced a year later, marking the band's tenth anniversary. But 2005 also marked their presumed final set of tour dates, as the guys announced around the same time that they would be calling it quits -- the apparent last Get Up Kids date was held at their hometown's Uptown Theater on July 2, 2005. The bandmembers continued on with various individual projects, including Pryor with the New Amsterdams and his kids' music project, the Terrible Twos; Dewees with Reggie and the Full Effect; Suptic with his own Blackpool Lights; and the Pope brothers with Koufax. However, the group reunited in 2009 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Something to Write Home About with a deluxe reissue and a tour. Not wanting to waste an opportunity, they wrote an album's worth of new material that was released as a series of EPs during 2010. The first, Simple Science, arrived in April and promptly reached the Billboard charts, proving that the band still had a devoted audience. After the release of Simple Science, the band scrapped their three EP plan, instead combining the other songs with even more new material and releasing it as a full length album. The result was their fifth full-length, There Are Rules, which the band self-released through their own Quality Hill label. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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Worst music ever played on Pandora
Woo Hoo! Get up Kids Reunion Saves the Day
:)
Hey Bowhay... Go F**k Yourself A**hole.
Fan till I was 14. . Now 28. . Fan till I die♥♥♥
Saw them in NH years and years ago memories will stay with me for the rest of my life. They announced the end of things wish I knew of them getting back together. Sadly missed but will never forget
Roonil wazlib it may be on you're metal station due to the connection this band has to collese and the casket lottery!!
Many road trips to the magic stick to see these cats play!!! Wore there disc out!!!
punx_24
Yeah, where is Four Minute Mile...Pando r a ?
bettyred20
I just f@rted
From all the bands I've seen, The Get Up Kids, as a live band has gotten so much better with every tour. The recordings don't do this band justice (not implying they're recordings aren't good). Must see live!
WURST BAND EVARR
lacey8977
you should go on Grooveshark, then you can choose what you want to listen to.
Get off my station, punks!
The Get Up Kids are pretty much the soundtrack to my life.
t0ughguy0
lol, egan11 they remind me a little of the new amsterdams. The Get Up Kids were around first, The New Amsterdams were a solo project of The Get Up Kids lead singer Matt Pryor. So The New Amsterdams remind you of The Get Up Kids because they had the same singer.
what u talkin bout, pandora needs to get jawga boyz!
kbarton73
Yes, Pandora needs to get Four Minute Mile
egan11
ehh...they'r e ok. they remind me a little of the new amsterdams. their singer is much better than this hack.
One of the best lyricists of our time in Matt Pryor. Never stop making music!
Why is Four Minute Mile not on here? That was by far their best and most sincere album.
I've been in love with this band since 2002 and they never get old. It's also pretty cool that they're from my honmetown area. Love it. Brings me back to junior high/high school.
ghey
Hmm, pretty good music.
whats this doing on my metal stations? huh? huh? go away!! (although, it was kind of cool, just not metal so, yeah.)
Reggie Lives!
I learned about James's Reggie and the Full Effect first, but the Get Up kids are amasing for other reasons, it just sucks that I haven havent been listening to them for longer.
so many good memories from early 2000's!
The Get Up Kids will always be associated with the term "emo" for me. Back then it was just purely good, honest music. Maybe a little nerdy, but never self-pitying or annoying. Whatever happened to bands like this?
Amazing. It's really awesome that they're back together again.
jlr8160
Good stuff right here.
So wonderful!
one of my most favoritest band the will be greatly missed
Im not even a big fan of the genre or the scene, but I love the get up kids. Something to write home about was probably the first emo album I ever owned.

To me they are right up there with The Early November on my awesome scale
The Get Up Kids didn't make a bad album. They all reflected different aspects of what made them standouts in the indie/emo scene. I miss them terribly, especially their live shows. It's such a cliche' but it's really true here: until you saw them live, you didn't realize how great they were at making music. Something to write home about is still one of my all time favorite albums.
i lik this band. i really like the promise ring too. good music.
I love Guilt Show :)
anth.silk
Euroda is one of my favorite albums. i got guilt show, and i was really dissapointed . it was too polished, and the kids lost thier gritty/indie /real sound. i like that they are raw, but i'm afraid guilt show losing that.
what about the 4-minute mile? that was an epic debut.
something to write home about was the soundtrack to my life in Oakland, bicycling around at all hours.. in 1999.

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