The Get Up Kids is an American alternative rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-90's emo scene, otherwise known as the "second wave" of emo music. As they gained prominence, they began touring with bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, eventually embarking on international tours of Japan and Europe. They founded Heroes & Villains Records, an imprint of the successful indie rock label Vagrant Records. While the imprint was started to release albums by The Get Up Kids, it served as a launching pad for several side-projects such as The New Amsterdams and Reggie and the Full Effect.
The Get Up Kids were viewed throughout their existence as a prototypical emo band, having been major players in the Midwest emo movement of the mid-1990s. However, like many early emo bands, The Get Up Kids sought to dissociate themselves with the term, as it was considered dismissive to be seen as an "emo band."Years later, guitarist Jim Suptic even apologized for having the influence they did on many of the modern third-wave emo bands, commenting that "[t]he punk scene we came out of and the punk scene now are completely different. It’s like glam rock now . . . If this is the world we helped create, then I apologize.”
Due to some internal conflicts, the band broke up in 2005. In 2008 the band announced a 2009 reunion tour to support the tenth anniversary re-release of Something to Write Home About, their most successful studio album. Soon after the reunion, the band entered the studio to write new material. In early 2010, the band released Simple Science, their first release in six years. In 2011 they released their new album There Are Rules.
In the summer of 2009, the band posted photos on their Twitter page showing the group in a recording studio, incurring speculation as to whether or not they were recording a new album. After embarking on the European leg of their reunion tour, the band confirmed that they were writing new material and would be playing at least one of the songs, entitled "Keith Case," on the tour. During a session with Daytrotter.com, the band reports that there is "a new album done and just waiting to be put out there sometime soon."In an interview with Fret12.com, Pryor confirmed that they have recorded nine new songs, and will be recording another twelve to release on three 7-track EPs, most likely on limited-run 12" vinyl.
On February 15, 2010 the band announced that they would be self-releasing a new EP entitled Simple Science, their first studio release in six years. The 4-song EP was released on 12" colored vinyl and CD in April.
On October 29, 2010, The Get Up Kids announced their fifth full-length studio album, There Are Rules, to be released on January 25, 2011. They also confirmed that the album would not be released on Vagrant Records, who had released their previous three albums, but on their own Quality Hill Records. The album was produced by longtime collaborator Ed Rose and mixed by Bob Weston, who produced the band's debut album. Several of the tracks were recorded during the same session as Simple Science, the track "Keith Case" appearing on both releases.
On April 1, 2011, The Get Up Kids announced a summer co-headlining tour with Saves The Day.