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

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