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The Get Up Kids, O2 Academy 2 Birmingham

June 25, 2010

The Get Up Kids are a band I never thought I’d get the chance to see live, especially since until last year they’d broken up. Thankfully for me, and all their other fans that separation was short-lived and now they’re back with a new E.P called Simple Science and, in their second UK tour since their reformation they’re back to promote it.

It’s a shame that the venue is only half full as they walk out onto the stage, and will remain so for the rest of the night as it’s not every day that you get the chance to see a band as good, and as beloved as the Get Up Kids. As they get into their positions guitarist and sometime vocalist Jim Suptic shows off his choice of apparel – an England shirt, but everyone here is too hyped up on the anticipation of seeing the band live to even register it – and they launch into ‘Holiday’ a song that is plagued by sound problems but still manages to be both enjoyable, and begin what is to be a packed set of familiar, much loved songs that draw shouts of appreciation in the first few chords of each. The set managed to include all of the songs I, and a sizeable portion of the crowd, highlights included their cover of the Replacements ‘Beer For Breakfast’ which produced the most energetic reaction of the night from the crowd and ‘Red Letter Day’ that also elicited a huge increase in the amount of people singing along. They deftly showcased the fact that they are continuing to write songs that more than live up to their back catalogue with the inclusion of 3 of the 4 tracks on their new E.P, which singer and guitarist Matt Pryor was waiting to sign at the merch stand once their set drew to a close. It is small things like this that make a gig truly worth it, that keeps the smile on your face as you walk out the door and for years to come when you glance at that scrawled sharpie signature on the front of an album or poster. It is good to know that a singer, or band is aware of the effect that they have on their fans, and to want to show them that they actually care about the fact that these people have come to listen to them play. It’s things like this that bigger gigs (and far more famous bands) lack and is why, although it is a shame that The Get Up Kids aren’t able to fill larger venues, and haven’t gained the same kind of fame as far less deserving bands it’s far nicer to see them in such a small setting, giving just that little bit more for the people that support them so devotedly.

I can only hope that The Get Up Kids continue to make solid, catchy albums and continue to tour because it would be a shame for anyone to miss out on the experience of either seeing them live, or listening to their music  as their discography grows (purchased legally of course, and preferably only vinyl) Although it took me a while to get into them, it was definitely worth it as now they are one of the bands I will forever go back to and enjoy a little more each time, and hopefully I, along with many others will be able to see them again.

Set List

I’m A Loner Dottie, A Rebel
Martyr Me
No Love
Keith Case
Tommy Gentle
Coming Clean
Red Letter Day
Your Petty Pretty Things
Don’t Hate Me
Walking On A Wire
Campfire Kansas
Close To Me
Beer For Breakfast (The Replacements)
Man of Conviction
Action and Action
Ten Minutes

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