Review by Holly Aker.
Whether they like it or not, The Get Up Kids have been credited time and time again with starting the “emo movement,” and for some fans, the band will always be remembered as the gateway to a little genre known as pop-punk. However with the release of There Are Rules, The Get Up Kid’s first full-length album since 2004, the band is proving that there is more to them than that… a lot more.
For those going into There Are Rules expecting another version of Something to Write Home About, be ready for a shock. Instead of slowly exposing fans to their new electro-indie sound, The Get Up Kids open the album with “Tithe,” a fast yet eerily dreamy song that sets the tone for what’s ahead.
Keyboard-heavy songs like “Shatter Your Lungs” and “Automatic” keep up this style and are so toe-tappingly-infectious, they could nearly be labeled as dance songs. “Rally ‘Round The Fool” is the darkest and most experimental track on the album and may be the most difficult track for die-hard TGUK fans to accept. The whole song sounds like one big, long jam session and has a strong ghostly feel to it.
Even though the majority of the album is quite unexpected, there are a few tracks that still have that good ol’ TGUK sound. One of these is “Regent’s Court,” a short but sweet little song that promises to get heads bopping along to the beat. Other songs like “When It Dies” and “Rememorable” also have hints of TGUK’s heyday, while at the same time capturing that more modern feeling the rest of the album is going for.
There Are Rules may not resemble the rest of TGUK’s discography, but it’s a new record for a new generation. With songs that are fun, current and nearly impossible to sit still to, The Get Up Kids can expect to see a whole new following.
Stream “Regent’s Court” off of There Are Rules here: