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The Get Up Kids are an American indie rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-90’s emo scene, otherwise known as the “second wave” of emo music. As they gained prominence, they began touring with bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, eventually embarking on international tours of Japan ... Read more in Amazon's Get Up Kids Store

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1. Tithe
2. Regent's Court
3. Shatter Your Lungs
4. Automatic
5. Pararelevant
6. Rally 'Round the Fool
7. Better Lie
8. Keith Case
9. The Widow Paris
10. Birmingham
11. When It Dies
12. Rememorable

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Influential Kansas City five piece, The Get Up Kids, return in January 2011 with a new studio album, There Are Rules the band s fifth full-length collection, and the first on their own Quality Hill Records imprint. Seven years after what looked to be their final album Guilt Show , The Get Up Kids returned to the studio in 2009, sparked by a spur-of-the-moment decision to start writing songs together. And so There Are Rules came to be - twelve new songs that will prove to be both surprising, and familiar. The songs were all written spontaneously and then fleshed it out with long time producer Ed Rose in the studio, resulting in a collection of tracks that are fresh and inspired, created by a band that has been given new life and isn t looking back. The first fruits of these new recordings was Simple Science , released in April 2010 - an EP that burst, unannounced, into the Billboard Top 200, followed by the first teaser for the album - the 7 single Automatic , out early January 2011. For the new recordings, The Get Up Kids started their own label Quality Hill Records naming it after a historic neighborhood in Kansas City, not far from where the band first formed. And so, after touring across four continents to sold out crowds too many times to count, after becoming a crucial part of what has been called the second wave of emo in the 90 s along with bands like Braid and The Promise Ring and influencing a list of bands as long as your arm, after 15 years, 4 acclaimed studio albums, a collection of rarities, a live record, numerous 7"s and EPs, the Kansas City five piece Matthew Pryor on vocals and guitar, Rob Pope on bass, Jim Suptic on guitars and vocals, James Dewees on keyboards and Ryan Pope on drums - are excited to unveil There Are Rules in 2011, proving that the final chapter for The Get Up Kids has yet to be written. LP on 180gm vinyl with gatefold sleeve, and includes voucher for MP3s of tracks. --This text refers to the Vinyl edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Refreshed and revitalized, the Get Up Kids are ready to take the world by surprise 25 Jan. 2011
By rwiggum - Published on
For some reason, every time The Get Up Kids release a new album, people are surprised that it doesn't sound like Something to Write Home About. Maybe that was understandable in 2002, back when On a Wire made the shift from energetic power pop to a more alternative sound, but now more than ten years on from the release of the band's seminal 90's album, there isn't really an excuse. Now five albums in, no two Get Up Kids records have sounded the same, while at the same time always sounding like a "Get Up Kids album."

So when I say that There Are Rules is likely the best thing the band has put out to this point, don't take that to mean that it's any kind of return to Something to Write Home About. I never imagined I'd be thankful for the band's dissolution in 2005, but clearly the three years apart working on vastly different musical projects (Spoon, The New Amsterdams, Blackpool Lights, Reggie and the Full Effect) has grown each of them as musicians. The result is a band that sounds like it's having fun again, in a way that hasn't come through this loudly since Four Minute Mile. It's wildly experimental at times, but it never stops being a Get Up Kids album.

In all reality, the Get Up Kids are the best of the "high school bands," because they're the one that grows with you. It's depressing to see bands like the Ataris making a desperate return to their old sound after fans rejected the wildly different (but promising) "Welcome the Night." Nobody wants to see guys in their late-30's trying desperately to sound like they did in their early twenties so kids in high school will like them again.

Thankfully, there's nothing desperate about "There Are Rules." If anything, it's openly defiant. The album closer, "Rememorable," reads as pre-written response to their detractors, ending with a simple decree: "You've got it all so wrong/Why don't you go away?"
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
not what I was expecting 26 Jan. 2011
By Jeff C. NY - Published on
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The Get Up Kids have been one of my favorite bands of the past ten years and I was very excited to hear they had re-united after not putting out an album since 2004. While each of their previous albums is different and unique in its own way, they still all maintain a certain cohesive sound that has a similarity and made their sound recognizable. While all being different, I greatly enjoyed each of them.....and I must add that On A Wire did take some getting used to, but it did become one of my favs.

Fast forward 7 years to There Are Rules. The only recognizable aspect on this album is Matt Pryor's distinct voice. Other than that all other signs of the Get Up Kids are absent. The music itself is almost all electronic sounding. Even the vocals feature a muffled, somewhat distorted aspect. Gone are any catchy hooks, guitar riffs, or anything resembling a classic TGUK ballad such as I'll Catch You. I want to like this album so bad that I keep playing it and playing it but I can't listen for more than a few minutes without having to pop in one of their older releases. I tried dozens of times but this album just doesn't do it for me. It sounds like a 90's Industrial album and really doesn't feature any rock or emo stylings.

I bet alot of people will love this album and enjoy the new direction the band is taking. Thats fine by me. I can see how you could like this, but its just not for me. I'm all for bands trying new things but this is too far out there for my liking. I don't need them to recreate a previous work to like it but I would have enjoyed at least something with a more rock/pop feel to it. Comparing this album to Something To Write Home About, is like comparing apples to hamburgers.

If you are all about getting into a new (electronic) sound, then go for it and check this out. If you want to hear the get up kids from last decade, your best bet is to pop in your old cd.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.5 stars, but I decided to err in favor of the Get Up Kids 12 Feb. 2011
By Trunkshow - Published on
The Get Up Kids are back, and apparently they are ready to get on with their musical lives. There are Rules is definitely a new sound for them, with some 80s pop and electronic elements thrown in. At times reminiscent of Radiohead, at times reminiscent of the Strokes, it is nonetheless a sound all their own, and it's a good one at that. The album opener "Tithe" is the perfect song to start this one off. It hits you hard, and hits you fast, while at the same time giving that darker, more non-melodic sound that is found throughout the album.

The Good:
It's new, it's fresh - Easily their most mature album (they are older after all), this album feels like the Get Up Kids growing up with their audience. It's darker, more bass-heavy, and has more interesting guitar work than any of their previous albums. They have proved throughout their career that they aren't willing to re-hash old stuff, and this is definitely like nothing they've ever done before.

It's still a Get Up Kids Album - Though it is most certainly a new sound, you can still tell it's a TGUK album. Musically, it seems drastically different, but there is something so familiar about Matt Pryor's unpretentious vocals that he could probably take anything and make it a Get Up Kids song. The guys continue to prove that they are excellent songwriters, and they bring a lot of energy to this album that seemed just a little bit missing in The Guilt Show.

Jim Suptic sings 2 songs - This is something I was excited about. Though Pryor is the better singer, Suptic voice has a great "rough around the edges" quality that helps break up the album. His 2 songs are probably the most experimental on the album, but definitely fit in with the theme and I am more than happy to see him singing.

It gives me hope for the Get Up Kids future - I liked the Guilt Show. I liked it a lot. But I felt that it was sort of a return to form, trying to re-capture Something to Write Home About. I feel like it should have been the CD between STWHA and On a Wire. But when they broke up, I kind of thought, "that's a good one to go out on." There are Rules is such an interesting, unexpected step to take, that I now can't wait to see what they will do next. Well done, boys!

The Bad:
A few songs seem undeveloped - Song 2 "Regent's Court" and song 12 "Rememorable" are the closest thing to previous Get Up Kids songs on this album (and they are great). But both clock in at under 3 minutes, and seem to end out of nowhere when you are really starting to get into them. Maybe this was intentional, but it's a minor negative. Also the song "Better Lie" starts out very dark sounding with some drum work that leads you to believe it's about to go even darker and harder, but it just kind of meanders about with no direction afterwards. The 2 best developed songs on the album (start slow, build to amazing crescendos) are #8 (Keith Case) and #9 (The Widow Paris).

Ultimately, this album is both great upon initial listens (maybe the 2nd or 3rd time through), and deep enough to explore for a while. This one will make a consistent rotation for me over the next couple of years I'm sure, seeing as how I still listen to all of their stuff, and it really leaves me wondering what they might do next. Buy it! Now!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You Be the Judge 21 Jun. 2012
By k32081 - Published on
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The title of my review states exactly how I feel. Maybe you'll end up loving it. Maybe you'll end up hating it, but after one full listen through on an hour-long drive I was left wondering if this will be an album that I will have to listen to in the right mood or stow away and never listen to again. I admit that I do have this issue with a lot of new albums that bands put out so I guess that is just me. Maybe you'll have give it two, three, or maybe four full listens through to appreciate. I am approaching my second full listen through on a great pair of studio speakers in my recording studio - I write and record music as well - and will admit that it's much easier to appreciate what's being done because the stereo in my car left me feeling like I had just purchased a terribly mixed cd (it's a good car sound system); one that there was too much white noise and clutter in the mix leaving the vocals to be drowned out. Some of the guitars phase one another out and fight for speaker space. Anyone expecting to put the cd in and find hooks and riffs to sing along with might be let down. At times it is difficult to hear or appreciate what the vocalist is singing. It seems like some of these adjustments could have been done intentionally on this album for some reason, but if not, I really hope they find a better mix on their next album or tones that are easier to appreciate during the first listen through so it isn't a struggle for the listener and fan of the band. Sometimes bands venture off in this kind of territory simply because they are tired of repeating the same formula, however, my only worry for this awesome band is that they could alienate a lot of their fans if each new album they release steers clear of their normally magical formula. I hate to say it but sometimes what makes a band successful with their audience may not always be the most creatively appealing nor rewarding artistic method for the band, nor the writer(s) of the music in their musical journey. I can say comfortably that I am starting to get a better grasp of what this album is so don't be afraid after your first listen through to give it another shot. Someone else mentioned Radiohead on here and there are times that I feel like I can hear remnants of previous Radiohead albums and if you like Radiohead you might find portions of songs that might remind you of their experimentation which is to be applauded for its' effort. I gave the album three stars because it was in the middle and I was undecided as to how I felt about it yet. This is definitely more experimental and nothing like their other albums I own: Something to Write Home About, Four-Minute Mile, On A Wire, or Guilt Show. I can say that I am not too stoked on the guitar tones on this album because there are times when it lacks something to grab on to. Other than that, I guess it's up to you to determine whether or not you love it or hate it because I don't think there will be a middle ground.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well, it's certainly rememorable 26 Jan. 2011
By Joshua D. Beachy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I agree that the sound has changed, and I was hoping to hear a more traditional sound, but considering I had heard "Regent's Court," "Shatter Your Lungs," "Automatic," and "Kieth Case" before the album came out, I was used to some of the weirdness. I'm still getting used to it. And anyone who had purchased their Simple Science EP last year, this album, while still being somewhat surprising, shouldn't be so much of a sucker-punch.
I will say that the traditional sound is still there, just never in one piece. For example, "Shatter Your Lungs" has very traditional Get Up Kids vocals and drumming, but that's it. The rest of the song seems out of nowhere. I'm starting to really like it though. The last track, "Rememorable" seems to carry the same Get Up Kids guitar style and on occasion, reminds me of their earlier work, but other than that, it sounds quite different. I'd say the same for "Pararelevent." "Regent's Court" is perhaps the closest to a traditional sound, but we're not talking "I'm a Loner Dottie, A Rebel," so much as "Wouldn't Believe It." The only song I'm not digging and can't see myself ever liking is "Birmingham." I've been listening to it, trying to like it. I could see it being pretty cool in concert, but I don't get out to concerts much.
I'm not going to say whether this is a bad thing. Frankly, with Get Up Kids fans, it's too personal to say. All I will say is that when On a Wire came out, I was not a fan. Hell, I was even hoping they'd not make another album and focus on The New Amsterdams. And then Guilt Show showed up, and years passed and now, On a Wire is one of my favorite albums by them, one of my favorite albums period. Something to Write Home About was a great album, yes. It's my favorite. But I'm not ruling out There Are Rules. I certainly don't think this is the best album they've released, but it's definitely the most interesting. Each song kept me guessing.
I give it a five because I have a feeling that in three years, this will be one of my favorite Get Up Kids' album. I'm already feeling like rocking out in my apartment to it. That's a good sign.
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