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FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Get Up Kids

Summer has hardly begun and we’re already dreaming of cooler pastures. Until then, we’ll be posting never-before-seen interviews and bonus clips from our archives as a thank you for sweating it out with us. No, this won’t make up for that fact that you woke up stuck to your sheets (again), but hey, that’s what window AC units are for.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Upon the release of their newest album There Are Rules  in January, Jim Suptic of The Get Up Kids muses about auto-tune, the death of emo, and why the only rule going forward was to get weird.

By: Britt Middleton

Sundae Magazine: Presumably, you had the choice to re-write Something To Write Home About, your most successful release. You went in a completely different direction with There Are Rules. Why buck the system? (And by the way, thank you.)

Jim Suptic: We have had three chances to rewrite that record and we never have. All of our albums sound different. I think that’s what has given our band longevity.

SM: The indie scene today is so vastly different from when you first emerged in 1995. Do you at all feel responsible for the “sea of neon shirts” and autotune of today’s indie scene, as you pegged it in a 2009 interview?

JS: A lot of what I said was a joke. I think there are a lot of good bands out there.

SM: Who are you listening to right now?

JS: Rob’s been rocking Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark (pre-saxaphone albums). I just heard Lykee Li’s new album. I think it’s going to be huge in the States.

SM: Where would you say Get Up Kids fall into the fold today?

JS: I really don’t know where we fit in, though. We have always been influenced by so many different things. We can play with punk bands or indie pop bands or whatever.

SM: There Are Rules is such a definitive title. Are there, then, rules for writing a Get Up Kids album? What are some of the themes on this record?

JS: The only rule for this album was “get weird”. The lyrics are all over the place. I don’t really think there is a theme.

SM: Despite your history with Vagrant Records, you released this new album on your own imprint, Quality Hill. Does this album feel more authentic in that right?

JS: We have always tried to be authentic. It wasn’t like Vagrant told us what to do.

SM: What did you learn about yourselves after the band broke up in 2004? How much did the outpouring of support for the subsequent reunion tour impact your decision to record another album?

JS:I wouldn’t say the outpouring of support is why we made a new record. It is always nice to be liked, though. We just thought it would be fun thing to do.

Photo Courtesy Terrorbird Media

SM: It seems like ages since anyone used the term “emo”. Does it still sting to be labeled as such, or is it more of a badge of honor since GUK are hailed as elder statesmen in the genre?

JS: I really don’t know what emo is anymore. We could put out a spoken word album and people would call it spoken word emo. There is really nothing we can do about it. So why care.

Catch The Get Up Kids on tour with Saves the Day this summer:

June 2 Durty Nellies Palantine, IL W/ Saves The Day
June 3 The Loft Lansing, MI W/ Saves The Day
June 4 Headliners Toledo, OH W/ Saves The Day
June 5 Mr Small’s Theatre Pittsburgh, PA W/ Saves The Day
June 7 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY W/ Saves The Day
June 8 The Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, NY W/ Saves The Day
June 9 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT W/ Saves The Day
June 10 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI W/ Saves The Day
June 11 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ W/ Saves The Day
June 12 Crocodile Rock Cafe Allentown, PA W/ Saves The Day
July 7 The Waiting Room Omaha, NE W/ The Globes & The Caves
July 8 Blue Moose Tap House Iowa City, IA W/ The Globes & The Caves
July 9 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI W/ Dashboard Confessional
July 10 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN W/ The Globes & The Caves
July 14 Outland Ballroom Springfield, MO W/ The Globes & The Caves
July 15 The Firebird St Louis, MO W/ The Globes & The Caves
July 16 Historic Southgate House Newport, KY W/ The Globes & The Caves
July 17 Exit/In Nashville, TN W/ The Globes & The Caves
July 30 Fuji Rock Festival Niigata, Japan
Aug 5 The Hi Fi Brisbane, Australia
Aug 6 The Metro Sydney, Australia
Aug 7 Billboard The Venue Melbourne, Australia
Aug 9 Fowlers Live Adelaide Australia
Aug 11 Powerstation Auckland, New Zealand
Aug 13 The Satellite Los Angeles, CA
Aug 14 Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown, CA
Sept 21 007 Prague, Czech Republic
Sept 22 Luxor Cologne, Germany
Sept 23 Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg, Germany
Sept 24 Batschkapp Frankfurt, Germany
Sept 25 Backstage Halle Munich, Germany
Sept 27 Universum Stuttgart, Germany
Sept 28 Zeche Bochum, Germany
Sept 29 Lido Berlin, Germany
Sept 30 Bolwerk Sneek, Netherlands
Oct 1 Rockhal Luxembourg
Oct 2 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct 4 Cockpit Leeds, UK
Oct 5 Koko London, UK
Oct 7 Mod Hasselt, Belgium
Oct 9 Nouveau Casino Paris, France
Oct 11 Arean Vienna, Austria
Oct 12 A38 Budapest, Hungary
Oct 13 Mocvara Zahgreb, Croatia
Oct 14 The Bronson Ravenna, Italy
Oct 15 New Age Treviso, Italy
Oct 16 Abart Zurich, Switzerland
Oct 21 Sala Live Madrid, Spain
Oct 22 Estraperlo Club Barcelona, Spain

Yeasayer, Washed Out, Oh My!

When I first moved to Savannah, Georgia, I figured the music scene was going to be incredible with the hoards of young music listeners at every corner and coffee shop. But, alas, I was wrong, until a couple of days ago when Washed Out and Yeasayer pretty much negated the belief that Savannah couldn’t cultivate a music scene. Washed Out was up first and Ernest Greene delivered. Hailing from both South Carolina and Georgia, these southern fellas were extremely grateful and their synth-pop, sort of fuzzy-vinyl sounds were a great way to warm the crowd up. It happened to be Greene’s birthday and the front two rows of the crowd belted out an enthusiastic “Happy Birthday,” while he took a video on his iPhone.

Although Washed Out exceeded my expectations and confirmed me (and the crowd) as a fan, Yeasayer is what we were anxiously waiting for. The lights went off and three pillars on stage were lit red, an obvious choice for their first song “Madder Red.”  Anand Wilder woo-ed us all with his pajama pants while Chris Keating kept the crowd moving. “Tightrope” and “Grizelda” were especially beautiful. Every song was woven together perfectly like a well-written novel until both the climax and dénouement: “O.N.E.” and “Ambling Alp”. Pics Below — see more on our facebook page here!

— Frances


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Yeasayer Set List:

Madder red

Rome

Wait For the Summer

Tightrope

Red cave

Grizelda

Sunrise

Mondegreen

Strange Reunions

O.N.E

Ambling Alp.

Encore:

The Children

2080

Dum Dum Girls, Beach House and Vampire Weekend Gear Up For Tour

Just in from our pals at Sub Pop Records!

Beach House. Photo Courtesy: Sub Pop Records

We’re beyond stoked to announce that Beach House, Dum Dum Girls and Vampire Weekend will hit the road for selected dates this fall. Pre-sale tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 19th, with general sale beginning on May 24th. Are you going? Tell us at soundoff@sundaemag.com

And, um, can we hitch a ride? Thanks.

Beach House and Dum Dum Girls dates w/ Vampire Weekend:

Aug 28 Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC

Aug 29 Marymoor Amphitheater, Redmond, WA

Aug 31 Edgefield Amphitheater, Troutdale, OR

Sep 3 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO

Sep 5 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

Sep 7 Molson Canadian Amphitheater, Toronto, ONT

Sep 8 Metropolis Theater, Montreal, QUE %

Sep 11 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

Sep 12 Bank Of America Pavilion, Boston, MA

Sep 15 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

Sep 16 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

Sep 17 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

Sep 26 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA #

# with Beach House + The Very Best

% Dum Dum Girls

Indie Artists Sing Lullabies!

Is this taking a page from the chillwave v. blisscore debate?

Either way, we love the idea of an indie rock lullaby hushing us to sleep. Really crucial during our deadline week! Plus, the bands are doing it for charity, so you’ll get the warm-and-fuzzys as a bonus.

Sing Me To Sleep – Indie Lullabies (American Laundromat Records) is available here.

Check out the line up:

1. Asleep – Stars
2. Have You Forgotten – Jenny Owen Youngs
3. Little Boxes – The Real Tuesday Weld
4. Inchworm – The Leisure Society
5. Pure Imagination – The Rest
6. Dear Prudence – Casey Mecija (Ohbijou)
7. Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Dala
8. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head – Telekinesis
9. Making Me Smile – Dean & Britta
10. You And Your Sister – O+S
11. Moon River – Tanya Donelly
12. Cloudbusting – Neil Halstead
13. The North Wind Doth Blow – Snowbird
14. Rainbow Connection – Trespassers William

— Britt