photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
i remember being at (the sadly now defunct) independent record store VINTAGE VINYL in NEW JERSEY sometime in the mid-2010s, most likely back home on summer vacation from one of my overseas teaching assignments, and having this experience that hadnt happened before or since: i asked the clerk what band was currently being played. turns out it was a MISSOURIAN band i knew existed from reading magazines like ALTERNATIVE PRESS over the years but had never investigated until then. it was a group called THE GET UP KIDS and the song i later learned was "WHEN IT DIES" off of their comeback fifth album THERE ARE RULES (QUALITY HILL, 2011).
and it was like LOVE at first listen.
i ADORE that band and especially that record, although SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT (VAGRANT, 1999) is also a key listen. i think what makes them so enchanting is their MELODIC SONG-CRAFT and singer MATHEW PRYOR's EARNEST yet-ever-so MELANCHOLY vocal delivery. this band deserves a longer write-up with their offshoot projects (REGGIE AND THE FULL EFFECT, THE NEW AMSTERDAMS) and extensive discography, but i just wanted to do my part to spread the gospel of THE GET UP KIDS. not that they need my help.