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Interview:
Get Up Kids at Loving Touch, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The Get Up Kids is up and at 'em again.



The Kansas City alt.rock troupe re-emerged this year with "Problems," its first new album in eight years (Not counting the 2018 EP "Kicker). The set, which marks keyboardist James Dewees' last with the band, finds the quartet as energetic and vigorous as ever, despite -- or perhaps because of -- the break.



It's also put Get Up kids back on the road, where frontman Matt Pryor says the band is finding that its absence has made fans' hearts grow fonder...



Pryor, 42, says by phone that Get Up Kids decided to take a hiatus after 2011's "There Are Rules" rather than formally breaking up as it did in 2005 (reuniting in 2008). "Upon getting back together we realized we should've just taken a long break instead of breaking up. So that's what we did this time; We put out a record in 2011, went on tour all over the world and when that kind of came to an end it was, 'Alright, let's take a break,' and we all did our own stuff for awhile."



Recorded with producer Peter Katis (The National, Death Cab For Cutie etc.), Pryor says making "Problems" "was probably one of the easiest, most laid-back record sessions we've ever done. Peter is really talented and easy to work with, so it was all pretty effortless. I'm still really happy with it, and the songs have translated really well live, which is great."



Get Up Kids has dates booked for 2020 with Dashboard Confessional, which Pryor says "will probably be the end of the record cycle for awhile. We'll get back to writing and keep making new music." He predicts the group will take another break, but "not as long" as it did before "Problems."



The Get Up Kids, Hembree and Sontalk perform Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 7 p.m. $22. 248-820-5596 or thelovingtouchferndale.com.

Web Site: www.lovingtouchferndale.com

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