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by The Get Up Kids

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1.
Maybe 03:12
sound off the only way same fight as yesterday maybe the course corrects it’s just too soon to tell last night before the storm no cause for alarm but over a single evening it just went off the rails maybe you can tell in the end no thanks to you we’ve been beaten black and blue from the moment that I could see I needed you to carry me shout out the enemy standing next to me trying the little patience left in the reserves maybe you should know moments after the attack not a chance to take it back maybe you should say after all that we’ve been through that there’s still more work to do from the moment that I could see I needed you to carry me nothing more for me to do I can’t talk to you know who I feel like running away don’t remember how the world turned upside down I feel like running away from the moment I was free needed you to carry me from the moment that I could see I needed you to carry me from the moment I could see I needed you to carry me
2.
If there was a way If there was a way out Well you could be the first one Waiting in line You don’t like change So why you wanna get out When everything that’s beautiful Is hard to define Oh, I know, I know, I know I’ve been wrong So wrong before but I assure you this time If you walk away alone it will have me screaming please If you need me I’ll be here But if you want to disappear It would be wrong to stay I guess some things are better this way I know you’re scared But you can’t keep running We can think of something And make it alright To lose this game Not all is wasted ‘Cause what we are saving Is still worth the fight Oh, I know, I know, I know I’ve been wrong So wrong before but I assure you this time If you walk away alone it will have me screaming please If you need me I’ll be here But if you want to disappear It would be wrong to stay I guess some things are better this way If you need me I’ll be here But if you want to disappear It would be wrong to stay I guess some things are better this way Am I making myself clear You shouldn’t have to waste a year To watch your dreams all fade I guess some things are better this way I guess some things are better this way I guess some things are better this way
3.
Years and years ago Back when I thought I knew it all Gravity reminded me How far I had to fall Once I figured out What the world was all about The walls I built to keep things in Were crumbling with doubt If nothing lasts forever Why does it have to hurt so bad When you're holding on to something You never really had If questions go unanswered It just keeps me moving on I never wanna miss your birthday parties I just really wanna see you smiling Never wanna have to say I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry I never wanna just leave you guessing All I really want are things to stay the same I never wanna have to say I'm sorry, I'm sorry again Time keeps moving on So many friends have come and gone History reminded me To know when I was wrong And all the lessons that I've learned Like giving up is to get burned I chased away what followed me You can't steal what I have earned If nothing lasts forever Why does it have to hurt so bad When you're holding on to something You never really had If questions go unanswered It just keeps me moving on I never wanna miss your birthday parties I just really wanna see you smiling Never wanna have to say I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry I never wanna just leave you guessing All I really want are things to stay the same I never wanna have to say I'm sorry, I'm sorry again I tried a million times Still looking for a sign That makes it all seem real It's all too real I never wanna miss your birthday parties I just really wanna see you smiling Never wanna have to say I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry I never wanna just leave you guessing All I really want are things to stay the same I never wanna have to say I'm sorry, I'm sorry (Holding onto something you never had, you never had) I never wanna miss your birthday parties I just really wanna see you smiling Never wanna have to say I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry I never wanna just leave you guessing All I really want are things to stay the same I never wanna have to say I'm sorry, I'm sorry again
4.
it’s hard enough to stay awake let alone to motivate but we do this everyday put the pieces into place and every day some blood will spill needles, strips and water pills I’ll just have to find the will to push that boulder up the hill anyway, I didn’t wanna be the topic of conversation what’s to say? I’m gonna have to speak to the man in my own reflection just in case you haven’t heard the situation’s gotten worse the heart will beat until it bursts it’s really gonna fucking hurt anyway, I didn’t wanna be the topic of conversation what’s to say? I’m gonna have to speak to the man in my own reflection all the afterlife affirming makes me wonder why we go on?

about

The Get Up Kids are a band that grew up in public. Since forming in Kansas City in 1995, they’ve established themselves as a group whose music withstands trends and transcends the superficial in favor of something that stands the test of time. The four-song Kicker EP -- the band's Polyvinyl Record Co. debut -- is the newest addition to their catalog of influential EPs (such as 1997's Woodson and 1999's Red Letter Day), as well as their first new release since 2011’s LP There Are Rules. Since that album came out the band have been touring when their schedules permits and living very adult lives that include activities like raising kids (Matt, Rob, Jim), moving away (James) and moving back (Ryan), starting businesses (Ryan), getting a degree in geology (Jim), joining a local kickball league (Matt), accidentally being electrocuted on stage (Rob), or simply struggling with social media.

Correspondingly while the band’s early releases were written while the band members were entering their twenties, Kicker sees them in their forties, and the songs show a perspective that can only be learned from experience. The Get Up Kids have never been afraid to try something new, but the songs here -- recorded over the course of the last year at Fire and Ice studio in Baldwin, Kansas -- mark a full-circle breakthrough for the band.

Upbeat opener “Maybe” reintroduces The Get Up Kids in spectacular fashion with fuzzed-out guitars, chiming keyboards, and Pryor's distinctive cadence singing about the relational dynamics he's learned over time. “I'm Sorry,” one of guitarist/vocalist Jim Suptic’s contributions to Kicker, sees him looking back on the past two years, trying to be a better person and finding resolve in the fact that “out of all the lessons I've learned, giving up is to get burned.” Pryor reflects, “A lot of the songs early in our career were written in the perspective of being young and being in relationships and what we were going through then,” adding, “This is still a slice of life of what the band is going through now.” That dichotomy of learning from the past while reaching toward the future lies at the core of Kicker, and sees the band retaining their signature sound while simultaneously proving they aren’t afraid to redefine who they are in the current moment.

The name of the EP is a reference to their foosball obsession — which dates back to their first European tour and is still played in their current practice space — but also serves to sum up the overarching concept of these four songs. “You always look back in rose colored glasses, and I always remember when this band was really struggling and we were selling our CD collections to pay our rent and that sucked at the time, but looking back that was an amazing time, that was so much fun. There was no pressure or anything,” explains Suptic. Kicker retains that carefree idealism -- capturing the fresh urgency of their most revered releases -- while proving that their journey is still unfolding. The Get Up Kids may have grown up but they haven’t become jaded.

The Get Up Kids are: Matt Pryor (guitars/vocals), Jim Suptic (guitars/vocals), Rob Pope (bass), Ryan Pope (drums), and James Dewees (keys).

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released June 8, 2018

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