Artist: The Get Up Kids
Label: Polyvinyl Record Co.
Reason We’re Cranking It: Unlike the lackluster pay off of waiting for what felt like a medieval lifetime to watch the final season of “Game of Thrones,” the eight-year-long wait for the next The Get Up Kids album was worth the pumping of the pop-punk brakes. The Kansas City-born band has not only returned to their signature sound, but improved upon it by creating a collection of songs that forces fans – old and new alike – to get up and listen.
What The Album Tells Us About Them: People love to put things – and others – into boxes. It certainly happened with The Get Up Kids, who after the release of their 2011 offering, “There Are Rules,” discovered that many of their fans liked them just fine the way they were. The sonic switch-up to their sound with that particular album, their fifth together, confused some long-time listeners, and whether the band took note or not, “Problems” has taken them full circle. Filled with tracks that feel vintage The Get Up Kids, the only problem with “Problems” is that there isn’t more of it to enjoy.
Track Stuck On Repeat: “Salina” is a standout, building slowly towards a memorable chorus that inspires singalongs wherever you’re at – in the office, at the gym, or at the stoplight waiting for the light to turn green.
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