Your Petty Pretty Things
How You're Bound
The Get Up Kids broke up in 2005, but their 2010 Simple Science EP is regarded as a "comeback" record. Of course this all may not matter much after hearing the opening "Your Petty Pretty Things" because it simply sounds like the band never broke up. Matt Pryor's boyish vocals still sing sincere lyrics hoisted by winding guitars and a bouncy rhythm section punctuated by Rob Pope's elastic sounding bass keeping things grounded on the disintegrating bridge. "Keith Case" grooves on Pope's bass running through a fuzz-pedal and Pryor's distorted singing sounding like it was recorded through a bullhorn. More classic indie-rock than emo, "Tommy Gentle" recalls the early-‘90s' underground with pedaling bass, driving guitars that make good use of stomp-box effects, and the importing of tastefully light keyboard notes which adds another dimension of melodic bliss. They leave the best for last with "How You're Bound," an atmospheric piece that experiments with gauzy soundscapes to make for a song so good that the Get Up Kids should consider breaking up at least once a year.