The Get Up Kids
There Are Rules


3.5
great

Review

by Athom EMERITUS
January 17th, 2011 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Proof that no matter how old you are, deep down we're all kids at heart.

At this point in time, “kids” is a bit of a misnomer when it comes to The Get Up Kids. For the last fifteen years we've been growing up along side them, and while the term maturation gets thrown around much too often when it comes to bands coming into their own, that is exactly what they have done. Unfortunately for the Kids, this has come at a price. Their 1999 debut full-length Something To Write Home About basically defined an entire generation of bands stuck in the coming of age, heart on your sleeve world of pop punk, and still to this day is one of the most emulated releases on stages across the Warped Tour universe. Not ones to retread old ground, every subsequent album put out by The Get Up Kids since Something To Write Home About has drifted farther and farther away from the sound that so many found so endearing. Up until their dissolution in 2005, The Get Up Kids tinkered with expanding their sound by getting in touch with their roots. Everything from folk, country and classic rock could be found in traces on On a Wire and The Guilt Show, and when the band reformed for the tenth anniversary of their seminal debut, it seemed that they would be continuing in this direction with the Simple Science EP.

Well, we assumed wrong. The Get Up Kids' newest long player There Are Rules is still unmistakably a Get Up Kids album, you can thank the distinctive voice of Matt Pryor for that, but it is far far different than anything the band has ever released. This is understandable given that they are all now in their 30's and trying to recapture the youthful nature of their earlier albums would be as genuine as faux fur. Where past Kids albums were driven by Matt Pryor's ridiculously catchy choruses and the constant push of overdriven power chords, There Are Rules takes influence from long stay college-rock acts like Spoon and The Flaming Lips, working in heavy rumbling bass lines and spaced out synthesizer leads. It's a bit jarring at first, especially with tracks like “Shatter Your Lungs” that take these new ideas a little bit too far into left field and just end up sounding confusing for the sake of confusing, but it all ends up working out in the end.

For anyone looking for the feel good innocence and vigor of Something to Write Home About this album is definitely not for you, but for those that discovered The Get Up Kids in time for them to be the soundtrack to your awkward and clumsy memories, There Are Rules just might win you back over. After all, deep down there's a kid in all of us.



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ConsiderPhlebas
January 18th 2011


6157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

For anyone looking for the feel good innocence and vigor of Something to Write Home About this album is definitely not for you








Bleak

WeepingBanana
January 18th 2011


11103 Comments


something to write home about is pretty lame imo

might check this out though

SeaAnemone
January 18th 2011


21429 Comments


interesting... I don't have high hopes for this but I feel like I owe it to TGUK to check it out anyway so we'll see what happens

slep
January 18th 2011


1604 Comments


Good review. I used to love Something to Write Home About, and though that album rules for nostalgic purposes, I really don't know how much I'll like this.

couldwinarabbit
January 18th 2011


6996 Comments


NMH album art anyone?

Aids
January 18th 2011


24462 Comments


I'm completely useless without the rec'd by reviewer section. really good review though, I may check this out

Athom
Emeritus
January 18th 2011


17242 Comments


now i've got to get started on my architects and iron and wine write ups. good thing this is a slow week for me.

gabethepiratesquid
January 18th 2011


4522 Comments


I could never get The Get Up Kids. I never even really found them catchy

AggravatedYeti
January 18th 2011


7683 Comments


not a huge fan of this band
but I like this review a lot adamthomas.

Gyromania
January 18th 2011


33144 Comments


Yeah, pretty sexy stuff, Mr. T.

Spare
January 18th 2011


5567 Comments


this sounds awesome. was wearing my get up kids shirt the other and i felt like it was not 2011 right now and it felt good

Eskate87
January 18th 2011


959 Comments


will be getting this soon. might also see them in Cleveland.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
January 18th 2011


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I dunno this doesn't do much for me. I find the songwriting really lackluster.

Tyrael
January 18th 2011


21112 Comments


Pretty bland.

MalleusMaleficarum
January 18th 2011


16393 Comments


I only like Four Minute Mile; so I guess I'll dislike this?

pmmets07
January 18th 2011


5984 Comments


lol at the ratings graph

i just downloaded something to write home about. i'm a loner dottie is such a goooooooood song

myhigherpie
January 19th 2011


3029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm digging this immensely.



Rally 'Round the Fool is so cool.

dylantheairplane
January 19th 2011


2181 Comments


I had no idea this was even coming out.


random fact: James Dewees graduated from my high school

Abaddon2005
January 19th 2011


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really great record surprisingly.

JamieCTA
January 19th 2011


280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm hit or miss on this album depending on the song. Overall it's decent. On one hand I was definitely excited they didn't try to re-tread their older material at their age like so many bands do with reunions but on the other hand I wasn't really happy with the result that came out...



I still absolutely adore everything they did through On A Wire though and the first few tracks of Guilt Show are worth listening to once in awhile. Either way, been listening to these guys for over 12 years so I'll definitely give this more of a shot.



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