Time to slow things down a bit and get a bit more emotional! When “emo” didn’t seem to involve guys applying eye liner – that was left to the glam metallers of the time. Uniforms weren’t the uniform of choice and haircuts seemed that much more conservative and functional.
The last time I saw The Get Up Kids on a stage was 21 years ago at the Star and Garter in Manchester when the stage was at the other end of the room (for those who’ve actually attended a show at the infamous venue). Illinois band Braid and Stoke’s best emo export Spy Versus Spy opened proceedings.
Come to think of it the turn of the century was probably the last time I listed to the Kansas City band meaningfully. Over the years I’ve probably had tracks from the Woodson EP or their Four Minute Mile or Something to Write Home About albums pop up on shuffle, but I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and pressed play on the CD player for any of their releases in a very long time.
Until I saw the band crop up on the Slam Dunk line up I didn’t even realise they were still a going concern. Their latest album Problems surfaced earlier this month with Pryor, Suptic and the Pope brothers still involved and they were probably up on that rickety Manchester stage more than two decades ago as twenty somethings on their debut European jaunt.
I was quite surprised to see how often they’ve been over here since I last saw them too. It’ll be interesting to see how the old stuff mixes with the newer tracks which are not quite as angst ridden and that bit more poppier.
I’m really looking forward to their 40 minutes on the Dickies stage and it looks like I’ll get to see the whole of their set and still be able to catch the opening 20 minutes of Millencolin too. These clashes are killing me! I’ll definitely keep my eyes peeled for their next headlining dates over here.