Too easily compared to Green Day,Blink 182, and the likes of Dumdums and such,this Americana band is worthy of much higher praise than any of the forementioned and yet they don't sell half as well.But such is life and the infuriating modern publics view that we get to keep this treasure for ourselves. Beginning with the rip-roaring opener that is 'holiday' the get up kids second official album could easily be judged straight off as a typical american grunge band. But beyond it's obvious single tinged melodies lies incredible depth that is more prominant with tunes like 'valentine' and 'i'll catch you' but is also visible in every single song on the album.
For once a loud,commercial grunge band has been brave enoough to experiment where others simply stick to routine.There is a loss of all the pubescant whinings of normal garage bands and a sudden realization for the quieter things in life. Lush acoustic guitars pull through the straining electrics, a full orchestra pushes its face up against the strong vocals and a lonely piano can be known to pull in through the noisey clamour to be left alone-humming to itself. Not many others are brave enough to do such things and especially none too brave to 'spoil' ( or 'make') such punkoramas as 'holiday' by buckling into a quiet line for the chorus.
The Get Up Kids are only on there second record and yet they show a maturity rarely seen in this field of music. One can only wonder as to how breathtaking there next album will be...
( if you like The Get Up Kids already and need something else to quench your thirst try out The Ataris, Nada Surf, or the indespensible WEEZER. )