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The Get Up Kids To Return With New Album 'Problems' In May

Thursday, 07 March 2019 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Dalton Paley

The Get Up Kids will release their first new album for eight years this spring.

'Problems' was produced by Grammy Award-winner Peter Katis and is due out May 10 via Big Scary Monsters, following up 2011's 'There Are Rules' and the 2018 EP 'Kicker'.

Guitarist and vocalist Matt Pryor said:

“A big part of the reason why we started writing new songs in the first place is that we have things we want to say about this moment in time. We’re still so connected to our past and where this all came from - it’s definitely a celebration of the fact that we still get to do this.”

About the record's first single, Satellite, he continued:

“I started writing ‘Satellite’ about my son who’s 14 and a total introvert - not antisocial, he just genuinely likes to keep to himself,” says guitarist/vocalist Matt Pryor. “But then somewhere down the line I started singing about myself - about how even when you’re playing a show to a room full of people, I can still feel anxious and isolated.”

Discussing the track's video, director Kerstin Ebert said:

“The feeling of being isolated in a big city can be depressing. But instead of making this a sad story, I added a cardboard man named Hank to the storyline -- a guy who lives like a normal human being amongst 8 million other people in New York City. Even though Hank's adventurous ambitions as well as his facial expressions are very limited, he is the heart of the story and the biggest dreamer of all.”

The song starts with a steady acoustic guitar before going full-blown Get Up Kids — hooks that beg to be sung back to them backed with heavily-fuzzed guitars fusing punk and emo sensiblities. They really give it the beans. Bursting out the gate with a fresh sense of urgency, Satellite is a bold statement of intent from the Kansas City band. 

'Problems' tracklist:

1. Satellite
2. The Problem Is Me
3. Salina
4. Now Or Never
5. Lou Barlow
6. Fairweather Friends
7. Common Ground
8. Waking Up Alone
9. The Advocate
10. Symphony of Silence
11. Brakelines
12. Your Ghost Is Gone

The Get Up Kids will play two shows at SXSW in Austin, Texas next week and return to the UK in May for sets at Slam Dunk.

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