Get Up Kids, The – Simple Science EP
Record Label: Simple Psyence Recordings
Release Date: April 13, 2010 (Digital/Vinyl); April 27, 2010 (CD)
We long for what we lost. It's human nature. It's the flow of life to get up one day and have that which we cherish burn out and to evidently long for it to shine bright again. In 2005, The Get Up Kids called it a day. For many of us, it was the end of a band that once brought about a new beginning of music to many. All we could do was look back on a band who were part of something great, not only in music, but in our personal lives as well.
Let's look at the history. In the ten years the band existed, they came along with a brash, heart-on-the-sleeve, punk debut; nurtured themselves into pop-punk songwriters; threw it all away to construct a follow-up miles beyond their sound; and with their last album, threw everything together into a final melting pot of their career before hanging it up.
7" splits, singles and EPs aside, those four albums are a portrait of growth, not only from a band, but for many of their fans as well.
With their reunion tour last year, we all got wind of some studio photos, and excitement surrounded even the oldest of fans. Now we have our first audible answer. A four-song EP entitled Simple Science. Much like where they left off, the EP runs the gamut of the band's career. It's the first in a series of three that we get to lay our ears on this year.
The opening "Your Petty Pretty Things" plays as a bright welcoming home and another track to add to that Summer playlist. Matt Pryor's voice is reminiscent of his 2008 solo album Confidence Man. "Tommy Gentle" is also playful, with James Dewees' keys taking a forefront. Then there's "Keith Case," a track that's dark in tone, Rob Pope's bass nasty and damaging, Dewees' keys hiding in the background. Even Pryor's voice is viscous. What makes the track stand out is the production - where each instrument comes in and is leveled in the mix. It's a sign of a band that stepped away, but came back and never lost touch with internal songwriting.
As "How You're Bound" electrically closes out the four songs in a six minute aura, we're left feeling two things: the joy of catalog editions and the yearning for more. The major downside of Simple Science is its EP-short length and individual track strength depending on where you fell in the mix of releases as a fan. The inconstancy of moods on Simple Science may leave you wandering back to your personal favorites throughout the band's catalog. But, if that's the downside to Simple Science, who cares? We received more Get Up Kids tunes to shuffle through.