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The Get Up Kids debut “The Problem is Me”

The Get Up Kids premiere the second song from their upcoming new album, titled “The Problem is Me”. It’s great.

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Eight years since the last Get Up Kids album, eight long years. But it hasn’t been eight years without music by members of the Get Up Kids. They’ve been very busy in fact, producing work from all their side projects that include solo albums, as well as an album as Radar State (recommended highly if you’re missing that early Get Up Kids sound).

But here we are, eight years since There Are Rules and we are on the cusp of the release of Problems, their upcoming sixth studio album. Due May 10th on Polyvinyl Records, Problems sounds like it will be both continued growth of the Get Up Kids sound and one that taps into their roots. The latter is of course, great for old fans like myself, but it is one that the band members have always been wary about.

Guitarist Jim Suptic has said that there really isn’t a “going back” for the band, at least in terms of their songwriting;

“I’m 41 now, I could never write a song like when I was 19—all those ‘I miss my girlfriend’ kind of songs. It’s always important to us to write about wherever we are right now.”

Thankfully then, as you listen to the second song released from Problems, you’re met with the sound of “right now”. “The Problem is Me” is a song about “embracing your own romantic dysfunction”, and it is glorious in all its guitar-heavy melodies and impactful emotional connection- a good sign that “right now” is where we all want to be.

Perhaps The Get Up Kids will never write another Something to Write Home About, but in a sense, that record was a perfect moment in time. And time only moves in one direction. As vocalist/guitarist Matt Pryor laments;

“A big part of the reason why we started writing new songs in the first place is that we have things we want to say about this moment in time.”

We’re listening Matt, we’re listening.

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Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video

There’s no escaping the 90s sound

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Not too long ago we had a short chat with Canadian pop-punk band Hangtime about their new EP and the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. The aptly titled song is a throwback to a pop punk thought long gone but as this Toronto band will attest, is by no means dead. Now the band have debuted their new music video for the track “Can I Take You Out”; a sweetly romantic, melodic pop punk ode.

The track is a cut from their 2019 EP Invasion, which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Hangtime have a couple of upcoming Canadian shows on the horizon; with all the details available on their Facebook page.

When we spoke to the band and where their sound comes from, guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson explained their influences;

“There’s no escaping the 90s sound I’m afraid, that’s just who we are. Actually, our biggest influences go back further than that. Most of us were first listening to bands like ALL, Misfits, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car, Bad Religion, Doughboys, Nils… etc, back in the 80’s. I suppose that’s where the 90s sound for many other bands originated as well.”

Check out the new video and let’s reminisce about some good old school pop punk.

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Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”

Longwave still know how to make an impression

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New York indie rockers Longwave are returning with their first album in a decade. Titled If We Ever Live Forever, the album is the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets Are Sinister. The band have recently been releasing new music over the last year, with the single “Stay With Me” hitting airwaves in October of last year. Longwave have now revealed the music video for the new song “If We Ever Live Forever”, which you can view above.

If We Ever Live Forever is due for release October 25th via Bodan Kuma Recordings and will be followed by a short run of dates through the eastern side of North America. You can pre-order the new Longwave album from the band’s webstore.

Longwave first burst on to the scene with 2000’s Endsongs, but really started making waves with their 2003 release The Strangest Things (which included the hit single “Tidal Wave”). The latter was the band’s major label debut for RCA Records. We last covered Longwave in 2005, reviewing their terrific album There’s A Fire.

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