Archive for March, 2011
I recently purchased the latest Get Up Kids album out of respect for their previous records. This is a band that I felt I grew up with each album release. Each album, itself, showing a distinct sense of maturity. It all ended quite nicely with Guilt Show.
When I picked my first Get Up Kids album I was a little too old to be inspired by the band’s misconstrued emo tag, as I came to it from being a fan of undiluted punk rock. The band’s pop-punk style contained more melody and was a nice change from the other stuff I listen too. However, it still maintained an under-produced, live sound that I think is integral to good music. In fact, by the time I saw the band live – it was their final show and it was a fantastic show.
After 7 years since Guilt Show the band has released an album that takes a new and occasionally misguided direction…the band decided to layer sounds and noises in novel ways throughout each of the album tracks. It is messy particularly through headphones – I had trouble finding a good anchor song on my first playthrough of an album. Often introduction to songs drag out in an unnatural way causing the album to lack a sense of flow.
The simple hooks and melody of the past are there, they are just buried beneath artistic nuances. There are some strong tracks – Regent’s Court is pure vintage Get Up Kids and Tithe is old school goodness once you subtract the intro. Read the rest of this entry »