It’s been a crazy ride for The Get Up Kids since they played their first show in Philly, at The Church, well over a decade ago. A lot has changed since then, but the band, and their fans, still share the same enthusiasm for their music as they have from the early days.
Last night, The Get Up Kids took the stage at the Theatre of the Living Arts for their first of two shows on back-to-back nights. Lending support were opening acts Brian Bonz and Miniture Tigers. Many fans didn’t show up at the venue until later in the evening but by the time The Get Up Kids took the stage around 10pm, there was a nice sized crowd on hand.
While the older fans stuck mostly to the side bar and upstairs areas (21+), the younger fans packed up close to the stage trying to get close to the band. Pressed up against the metal gate at the front of the venue, fans formed a mosh pit and sang along with the band (even taking over the vocals for a brief time from Matt Pryor on songs like “Mass Pike” and “Oh Amy”).
When we interviewed Lead guitarist Jim Suptic back in January, he told us that the band was really enjoying touring together again after a break-up that lasted several years. Seeing them together on stage (and backstage before the show), it was clear that this was true.
We loved both the vocals of Pryor and Suptic (who took over on a few tracks) as they played a good mix of The Get Up Kids new music (from their latest album “There Are Rules”) interlaced with their better known earlier hits.
However, the best part of the show might have been Ryan Pope, who, with his tongue hanging out of his mouth most of the night, was positively stellar on drums.
Independent Philly will continue to get down with The Get Up Kids and we suggest that the rest of you do too. Tonight’s your chance. Catch them at the TLA. The show will definitely be something to write home about.