By Allyson Bills
In this day and age, it’s astronomical that any band can have a career for twenty years. The Get Up Kids are one those bands. Comprised of Matt Pryor (vocals and guitar), Jim Suptic (guitar and vocals), James Dewees (keyboards), Rob Pope (bass) and Ryan Pope (drums) from Lawrence, Kansas, The Get Up Kids formed in 1995, and are considered by many to be part of the “second wave of emo” bands, along with Braid and The Promise Ring that rose to prominence on the late 1990s to early 2000s. The Get Up Kids’ second album, 1999’s Something to Write Home About, remains a classic among fans. They have also influenced countless other bands, such as Fall Out Boy, that later emerged onto the scene, as well as spawning into The New Amsterdams and Reggie and The Full Effect.
The band’s influence also can’t be pigeonholed to just the “current wave” emo bands. The Get Up Kids infiltrated in the past and present with their talent in My Chemical Romance, New Found Glory and Spoon. They broke up in 2005, reunited three years later, and eventually released There Are Rules in 2011. This is their last release to date. The Get Up Kids are currently touring to celebrate their twenty years of existence of as band just to purely play the music that fans have grown and loved over the years. While their fanbase may have gotten older, the magic in The Get Up Kids’ songs remains to this day.
The Get Up Kids play Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, September 12th with openers The Hotelier and Josh Berwanger Band at 8 p.m. Tickets: $21-$24. psykosteve.com