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      July 20, 2019

      Saturday   8:30 PM

      185 Clingman Avenue
      Asheville, North Carolina

      The Get Up Kids

      with Great Grandpa
      On their new album Problems their first full-length in eight yearsThe Get Up Kids examine everything from life-changing loss to loneliness to the inevitable anxiety of existing in 2019. But by sustaining the essence of their soundanthemic choruses with sing-along-ready melodiesthe band highlights those troubles as a shared experience, giving way to an unbreakable solidarity. And at the heart of Problems is an invaluable element the bands embodied since their 1997 debut Four Minute Mile : a penetrating lyricism thats both acutely introspective and indelibly resonant.The follow-up to 2018s Kicker EP, Problems came to life in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with the band holing up together for a three-week span. Working with Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Katis (Kurt Vile, Japandroids, The National), 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. At one point with this band, if we came up with something that felt too much like when we first started out, we wouldve said, No, we cant do that anymore, says Pryor. These days weve learned how to write without roadblocking the ideas that come naturally to us.Kicking off with lead single Satellite, Problems opens on a stark arrangement of acoustic guitar and stripped-bare vocals, then bursts into brightly crashing rhythms and lyrics revealing the time-bending quality of The Get Up Kids songwriting. I started writing Satellite about my son whos 14 and a total introvertnot antisocial, he just genuinely likes to keep to himself, says Pryor. But then somewhere down the line I started singing about myselfabout how even when youre playing a show to a room full of people, I can still feel anxious and isolated.Throughout Problems , The Get Up Kids again prove themselves attuned to the nuance of highly specific emotions, and ultimately validate the messiest and most nebulous of feelings. On the joyfully swinging, piano-heavy The Problem Is Me, for instance, the band explores the notion of embracing your own romantic dysfunction, while Salina captures a small moment of melancholy with sweeping intensity and sprawling guitar work. Later, on Your Ghost Is Gone, The Get Up Kids deliver a gently devastating piano ballad sparked from an instrumental piece Dewees wrote soon after his mothers death. Through the years, The Get Up Kids have purposely pushed themselves toward previously unexplored songwriting material. Im 41 now, I could never write a song like when I was 19all those I miss my girlfriend kind of songs, Suptic says. Its 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. Were still so connected to our past and where this all came fromits definitely a celebration of the fact that we still get to do this.

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