July 13, 2019 | doors at 7:30pm
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Zero Mile presents:
Great Grandpa
The Get Up Kids
Matt Pryor (guitars/vocals) - Jim Suptic (guitars/vocals) - Rob Pope (bass) - Ryan Pope (drums)
James Dewees (keys/vocals)
On their new album Problems —their first full-length in eight years—The Get Up Kids
examine everything from life-changing loss to loneliness to the inevitable anxiety of
existing in 2019. But by sustaining the essence of their sound—anthemic choruses with
sing-along-ready melodies—the band highlights those troubles as a shared experience,
giving way to an unbreakable solidarity. And at the heart of Problems is an invaluable
element the band’s embodied since their 1997 debut Four Minute Mile : a penetrating
lyricism that’s both acutely introspective and indelibly resonant.
The follow-up to 2018’s Kicker EP, Problems came to life in Bridgeport, Connecticut,
with the band holing up together for a three-week span. Working with Grammy
Award-winning producer Peter Katis (Kurt Vile, Japandroids, The National), The Get Up
Kids took a characteristically riff-driven yet decidedly pop-minded approach to song
structure, while also allowing themselves a new sense of creative freedom. “At one
point with this band, if we came up with something that felt too much like when we first
started out, we would’ve said, ‘No, we can’t do that anymore,’” says Pryor. “These days
we’ve learned how to write without roadblocking the ideas that come naturally to us.”
Kicking off with lead single “Satellite,” Problems opens on a stark arrangement of
acoustic guitar and stripped-bare vocals, then bursts into brightly crashing rhythms and
lyrics revealing the time-bending quality of The Get Up Kids’ songwriting. “I started
writing ‘Satellite’ about my son who’s 14 and a total introvert—not antisocial, he just
genuinely likes to keep to himself,” says Pryor. “But then somewhere down the line I
started singing about myself—about how even when you’re playing a show to a room
full of people, I can still feel anxious and isolated.”
Throughout Problems , The Get Up Kids again prove themselves attuned to the nuance
of highly specific emotions, and ultimately validate the messiest and most nebulous of
feelings. On the joyfully swinging, piano-heavy “The Problem Is Me,” for instance, the
band explores the notion of embracing your own romantic dysfunction, while “Salina”
captures a small moment of melancholy with sweeping intensity and sprawling guitar
work. Later, on “Your Ghost Is Gone,” The Get Up Kids deliver a gently devastating
piano ballad sparked from an instrumental piece Dewees wrote soon after his mother’s
Through the years, The Get Up Kids have purposely pushed themselves toward
previously unexplored songwriting material. “I’m 41 now, I could never write a song like
when I was 19—all those ‘I miss my girlfriend’ kind of songs,” Suptic says. “It’s always
important to us to write about wherever we are right now.” As shown on Problems , the
resulting output both preserves the beloved spirit of The Get Up Kids and creates an
entirely new context for their music. “A big part of the reason why we started writing new
songs in the first place is that we have things we want to say about this moment in
time,” says Pryor. “We’re still so connected to our past and where this all came
from—it’s definitely a celebration of the fact that we still get to do this.”