The Get Up Kids have shared their new track “Waking Up Alone” via a Stereogum feature. The band’s first in-depth profile this year finds guitarists/vocalists Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic discussing the making of their forthcoming LP Problems with Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Katis (Kurt Vile, The National). Problems—out May 10th via Big Scary Monsters.—is available for streaming HERE and for physical pre-order HERE.
“Waking Up Alone” is the third preview of The Get Up Kids’ new album following the videos for “The Problem Is Me” and “Satellite.” The band -- Suptic, Pryor, Rob Pope (bass), Ryan Pope (drums), and James Dewees (keys) -- kick off a European tour next week ahead of their summer U.S. tour, which includes two nights in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on July 25th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 26th. See below for a full itinerary for upcoming dates. More dates will soon be announced.
Problems examines 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 Get Up Kids highlight 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 their1997 debut Four Minute Mile: a penetrating lyricism that’s both acutely introspective and indelibly resonant.
The follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed EP, Kicker, Problems came to life in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with the band holing up together for a three-week span. Working with Katis, 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.
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.”
Hi-res images, artwork, bio available HERE.
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