The Get Up Kids

Formed in Lawrence, KS in 1995.

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Past shows


Current Status: Active, Touring U.S. and Worldwide

Sound description: Played a huge role in defining the "emo" sound, but don't call 'em that anymore.

Influences: Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, Pixies, Kinks

Similar to: Braid, Castor, The Promise Ring, Compound Red, Jawbox, The Promise Ring, Sunny Day Real Estate, Superchunk


Alt / Indie rock, Pop


Name Released Label
Album cover Four Minute Mile 1997 Doghouse
Album cover Something to Write Home About 1999 Vagrant
Album cover Eudora 2001 Vagrant
Album cover Red Letter Day 2001 Doghouse
Album cover On a Wire 2002 Vagrant
Album cover Guilt Show 2004 Vagrant
Album cover Live @ the Granada Theater 2005 Vagrant


The Get Up Kids, "Overdue"


TGUK play debuted in 1996 with several 7"s, including "Shorty" on the Huey Proudhon label and "All Stars" on Doghouse Records. In 1997, Doghouse released their debut full-length Four Minute Mile, which was recorded with Bob Weston (Shellac). called the album an "emo masterpiece."

By 1998 the group was touring extensively. These relentless tours formed the foundation of their feverish fanbase, which can now be heard screaming lyrics at sold-out shows from coast-to-coast .

The band delivered its sophomore album "Something to Write Home About" in 1999. The album reached No. 31 on Billboard's Heatseekers and proved the TGUKs had every intention to grow and develop their sound.

After a two-year hiatus, the TGUK staved off their rabid, albeit aging, fans with "Eudora," a combo album of early B-sides and covers.

In 2002 the TGUK realized their first major musical shift, working with (R.E.M. producer) Scott Litt to produce a much more toned down, decidedly non-emo "On A Wire." The album garnered warm reviews from Rolling Stone and CMJ but attracted the bile of indie reviewers at Pitchfork Media and Though they may have alienated some longtime fans expecting more of the aggressive emo sound they helped define, they earned new fans from exposure on MTV2.

The band purchased Red House Studios in Eudora, KS, where they recorded "Red Letter Day" and "Eudora" - from Ed Rose in late 2002. Redubbing it the "Black Lodge," the band plans to open up the studio to other bands in 2003 and also use it to record their next album.