Come celebrate nostalgia with me on Friday, November 9th as The Get Up Kids take over The Turf Club for a can’t miss show.
The Get Up Kids are a band that grew up in public. Since forming in Kansas City in 1995, they’ve established themselves as a group whose music withstands trends and transcends the superficial in favor of something that stands the test of time. The foursong Kicker EP — the band’s Polyvinyl Record Co. debut — is the newest addition to their catalog of influential EPs (such as 1997’s Woodson and 1999’s Red Letter Day), as well as their first new release since 2011’s LP There Are Rules.
Since that album came out the band have been touring when their schedules permits and living very adult lives that include activities like raising kids (Matt, Rob, Jim), moving away (James) and moving back (Ryan), starting businesses (Ryan), getting a degree in geology (Jim), joining a local kickball league (Matt), accidentally being electrocuted on stage (Rob), or simply struggling with social media.
Correspondingly while the band’s early releases were written while the band members were entering their twenties, Kicker sees them in their forties, and the songs show a perspective that can only be learned from experience. The Get Up Kids have never been afraid to try something new, but the songs here — recorded over the course of the last year at Fire and Ice studio in Baldwin, Kansas — mark a full-circle breakthrough for the band.
Opening up the show will be basement rock band Remember Sports (fka SPORTS) who has reunited in Philadelphia, after completing college in the place where it all started for them — Gambier, Ohio. Forming in 2012, the band’s first official recordings began as a collection of demo songs recorded for Kenyon College radio station, WKCO. The demos were late redone to become their first official album, Sunchokes which was released in the spring of 2014.
After a period of touring beyond the Buckeye State, Remember Sports went on to release their second album, All of Something in the fall of 2015 on Father/Daughter Records. The release was recorded in Philadelphia alongside noted DIY producer and musician Kyle Gilbride (Waxahatchee, Girlpool, Swearin’), and featured a fuller sound for the band. The album received critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone calling it “full of sharp, sweet insight and heart-tugging hooks.”
It took more than two years for all of the pieces to come together for Remember Sports’ third album. In the time that has elapsed, Carmen Perry (vocals, guitar), Jack Washburn (guitar), and Catherine Dwyer (bass) have relocated from the tiny Midwestern college town of Gambier, Ohio, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, adding new drummer Connor Perry and retiring their original nom de plume, SPORTS, along the way. Slow Buzz (Father/Daughter Records) is the latest evolution of a band known for its dedication to friendship and ability to carve out revelatory scuzz fueled tunes that make you want to grab your closest buds and dance your cares away.
Tickets are still available here.