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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 their own label Heroes & Villains and their patrons 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
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  1.   Song
  2.   Mass Pike
  3.   Holiday
  4.   Close to Me
  5.   Regret
  6.   Ten Minutes
  7.   Suffragette City
  8.   On With the Show
  9.   Out of Reach
  10.   Fall Semester
  11.   A Newfound Interest in Massachusetts
  12.   Anne Arbour
  13.   I'm a Loner Dottie, a Rebel
  14.   Last Place You Look
  15.   Beer for Breakfast
  16.   Don't Hate Me
  17.   Your Petty Pretty Things
  18.   Like a Man Possessed
  19.   Conversation
  20.   How Long Is Too Long
  21.   Holy Roman
  22.   Wouldn't Believe It
  23.   Never Be Alone
  24.   Man of Conviction
  25.   Let the Reigns Go Loose
  26.   Overdue
  27.   I'll Catch You
  28.   Close to Home
  29.   Long Goodnight
  30.   The Company Dime
  31.   Michelle With One "L"
  32.   Shorty
  33.   No Love
  34.   Stay Gold, Ponyboy
  35.   Coming Clean
  36.   Tommy Gentle
  37.   How You're Bound
  38.   Is There a Way Out
  39.   The Dark Night of the Soul
  40.   Sympathy
  41.   In Your Sea
  42.   Sick in Her Skin
  43.   Martyr Me
  44.   The One You Want
  45.   Hannah Hold On
  46.   The Worst Idea
  47.   Campfire Kansas
  48.   Wish You Were Here
  49.   All That I Know
  50.   High as the Moon
  51.   Fall From Grace
  52.   Stay Gone
  53.   The Breathing Method
  54.   New Found Mass
  55.   Central Standard Time
  56.   Up on the Roof
  57.   Forgive and Forget
  58.   One Year Later
  59.   My Apology
  60.   Red Letter Day
  61.   Valentine
  62.   Action & Action
  63.   Off the Wagon
  64.   Second Place
  65.   Woodson
  66.   Lowercase West Thomas
  67.   Washington Square Park
  68.   Better Half
  69.   Newfound Mass (2000)
  70.   Alec Eiffel
  71.   Keith Case
  72.   Walking on a Wire
  73.   Grunge Pig
  74.   Impossible Outcomes
  75.   Lion and the Lamb
  76.   Burned Bridges

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