The Get Up Kids
May 10, 2019

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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 death.

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.”


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    Satellite (2:55)
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    The Problem Is Me (2:42)
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    Salina (4:38)
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    Now Or Never (3:05)
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    Lou Barlow (2:17)
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    Fairweather Friends (3:24)
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    Common Ground (4:04)
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    Waking Up Alone (3:28)
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    The Advocate (3:12)
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    Symphony Of Silence (2:56)
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    Brakelines (2:21)
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    Your Ghost Is Gone (3:48)


"Problems is the first full-length album the Get Up Kids have put out in eight years, and to the surprise of no one, they've still got it. It sounds just as great as some of their older albums, reminding us why this band are still one of the greatest emo/alternative acts to come out of the ‘90s."


"Twenty-two years since the release of their first album, The Get Up Kids return with their sixth album, Problems. Starting with a quiet strumming acoustic guitar on the first track, the album explodes into what could be the band’s best album in years."

The Big Takeover

"It may have taken 20 years, but the wait was worth it — Problems is the sequel that Something to Write Home About always deserved, and it sounds as fresh today as it would’ve sounded if it came out in 2001."

Brooklyn Vegan

"Problems is a validation and revamp of Get Up Kids 2.0, honoring the indie-leaning sound of 2004’s Guilt Show and There Are Rules with a stronger sense of confidence and melody."


"With soaring melodies elevating the lyrical unease the track shows a band that’s older but no less adept at churning out earnest, cathartic hooks."

Consequence of Sound

"It’s the combination of the band’s raw, emotional lyrics and the raucous guitars and bashing drums that made The Get Up Kids the inspiration of a whole generation of bands."


Problems is the sound of the band figuring out how they want to sound in their new incarnation and pretty much nailing it."

All Music

"Emo trailblazers The Get Up Kids make for lost time on the anxious and anthemic “Satellite.”"


"The Get Up Kids have a talent for writing catchy and infectious hooks and choruses and it's what has kept them on the map for over two decades. Both old and newer fans will find songs they enjoy and hopefully never stop listening to on Problems."


"The Get Up Kids’ evolution continues to be positive, as the wrenching piano ballad “Your Ghost Is Gone” shows, with Pryor’s poignant delivery as the most visible sign of how much the band has grown."

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  • Satellite (2:55)
    Kerstin Ebert
  • The Problem Is Me (2:43)
    Shawn Brackbill
  • Salina (4:49)
    Shawn Brackbill
  • Lou Barlow (2:18)
    Kerstin Ebert

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