Marking the end of the "reunion" era, the Get Up Kids wrapped up their US tour Saturday night with a two-night stint at the Record Bar. On the same stage a year ago, TGUK regrouped after a three-and-a-half year hiatus. "From now on, we enter into the next phase of the Get Up Kids... New tunes, new adventures in Australia and Japan and wherever else the wind takes us," they write on their MySpace blog. "We're a new band and we're excited to see where we will go in the future."
But don't go too far, guys. Judging by the throng of the band's mostly male fans at the club, singing along and bouncing with their beers to "Woodson," the title track of that first EP, recorded 13 years ago, there would've been some sad souls if the Kids hadn't kicked a little nostalgia their way. Some of them might have even gotten a little emo.
With the popularity of skin-tinted moisturizer, birth-control glasses, "vintage" concert t-shirts and the like, I find it hard to tell how old people are anymore. Also, I didn't know if some of the hometown references like the Kansas City Comets intro track or the whole pseudo-blues-jam-at-the-Grand-Emporium announcement went over people's heads, or if they were missed altogether in the sea of chit-chat.
However, everyone knew what Matt Pryor was talking about when he called the show a celebration of life in remembrance of Anne Winter, whose family received the proceeds from ticket sales.
Fans who came around post-breakup, scenesters from way back and those who knew the show would be something to write home about weren't disappointed. Though the set was ripe with older, pre-On A Wire material, TGUK also put down two new songs and a cover by The Cure. The sound was quintessential Kansas City.
I'm a Loner Dottie, a Rebel
Your Petty Pretty Things
Red Letter Day
Out of Reach
Close to Home
The One You Want
Action & Action
Walking on a Wire
Close to Me (The Cure)
Don't Hate Me
I'll Catch You
Overheard at the bar: "On the new album we tried to get back to punk rock. It's a mix between On A Wire and Four Minute Mile." - Matt Pryor.
Drinks ordered for the band at beginning of the show: Three Stella bottles, a Single Wide IPA and an OJ.
The best way to sum up Louisville, Kentucky opening band, Mansions from the back page of the band's own free zine: