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      July 25, 2019

      Thursday   7:30 PM

      6 Delancey Street
      New York, New York 10002

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      The Get Up Kids

      with Great Grandpa
      On their new album Problems their first full-length in eight yearsThe Get Up Kidsexamine everything from life-changing loss to loneliness to the inevitable anxiety ofexisting in 2019. But by sustaining the essence of their soundanthemic choruses withsing-along-ready melodiesthe band highlights those troubles as a shared experience,giving way to an unbreakable solidarity. And at the heart of Problems is an invaluableelement the bands embodied since their 1997 debut Four Minute Mile : a penetratinglyricism thats both acutely introspective and indelibly resonant.The follow-up to 2018s Kicker EP, Problems came to life in Bridgeport, Connecticut,with the band holing up together for a three-week span. Working with GrammyAward-winning producer Peter Katis (Kurt Vile, Japandroids, The National), The Get UpKids took a characteristically riff-driven yet decidedly pop-minded approach to songstructure, while also allowing themselves a new sense of creative freedom. At onepoint with this band, if we came up with something that felt too much like when we firststarted out, we wouldve said, No, we cant do that anymore, says Pryor. These daysweve 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 ofacoustic guitar and stripped-bare vocals, then bursts into brightly crashing rhythms andlyrics revealing the time-bending quality of The Get Up Kids songwriting. I startedwriting Satellite about my son whos 14 and a total introvertnot antisocial, he justgenuinely likes to keep to himself, says Pryor. But then somewhere down the line Istarted singing about myselfabout how even when youre playing a show to a roomfull of people, I can still feel anxious and isolated.Throughout Problems , The Get Up Kids again prove themselves attuned to the nuanceof highly specific emotions, and ultimately validate the messiest and most nebulous offeelings. On the joyfully swinging, piano-heavy The Problem Is Me, for instance, theband explores the notion of embracing your own romantic dysfunction, while Salinacaptures a small moment of melancholy with sweeping intensity and sprawling guitarwork. Later, on Your Ghost Is Gone, The Get Up Kids deliver a gently devastatingpiano ballad sparked from an instrumental piece Dewees wrote soon after his mothersdeath.Through the years, The Get Up Kids have purposely pushed themselves towardpreviously unexplored songwriting material. Im 41 now, I could never write a song likewhen I was 19all those I miss my girlfriend kind of songs, Suptic says. Its alwaysimportant to us to write about wherever we are right now. As shown on Problems , theresulting output both preserves the beloved spirit of The Get Up Kids and creates anentirely new context for their music. A big part of the reason why we started writing newsongs in the first place is that we have things we want to say about this moment intime, says Pryor. Were still so connected to our past and where this all camefromits definitely a celebration of the fact that we still get to do this.

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