Sunday, May 26, 2013
Get Up Kids/Anniversary Split 7" 1999
Central Standard Time B/W Vasic + Bluey
Vagrant Records Heroes & Villains
CAT# VR341/HV002 1999
For a good chunk of time, the Get Up Kids and the Anniversary were freakin' besties around Lawrence. The bands did everything together, toured, put out records together, married one another. It was kind of weird. However, both had similar backgrounds, both bands were primarily made up of suburban kids, ditching college for the life as a rock n' roll band (thus, they could relate to upset parent syndrome). Difference though, Get Up Kids did things on their own, it took a lot of work to get to the point they were at at the time of this release. To an outsider, the Anniversary's success seemed to be that of association. Hang out with the Get Up Kids enough and they'll find you a spot on a tour and their record label.
You can listen to the Anniversary and know that they're talented and a lot of the admiration from the Get Up Kids came from the band's talent. Their B-side to this 7" Vasic + Bluey is solid. At this time they were still young and sounded a lot like the Rentals. Best, they utilized their secret weapon Adrianne Verhoeven a lot. Her voice cuts over the chorus, her synth drives the song. She's the middle of the band and the best part of the song.
The Get Up Kids A-side seems a bit of a throw-a-way in all honesty. A bit over the top with it's emo-ness. The band was/is at it's best when it's all angry teenager emo and not so f'n adult about stuff. Keyboards add nice little touch, but the energy just isn't there on this track. Seems obvious, one member wrote the song, the rest just didn't feel the same way about the song, so it ended up on this 7". No pick slides, mid-tempo, no excitement, blah.
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