The Get Up Kids
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

The Get Up Kids

The Whiffs, Halfloves

All Ages


Matt Pryor (guitars/vocals) - Jim Suptic (guitars/vocals) - Rob Pope (bass) - Ryan Pope (drums)

James Dewees (keys/vocals)

On their new album Problems —their first full-length in eight years—The Get Up Kids

examine everything from life-changing loss to loneliness to the inevitable anxiety of

existing in 2019. But by sustaining the essence of their sound—anthemic choruses with

sing-along-ready melodies—the band highlights those troubles as a shared experience,

giving way to an unbreakable solidarity. And at the heart of Problems is an invaluable

element the band’s embodied since their 1997 debut Four Minute Mile : a penetrating

lyricism that’s both acutely introspective and indelibly resonant.

The follow-up to 2018’s Kicker EP, Problems came to life in Bridgeport, Connecticut,

with the band holing up together for a three-week span. Working with Grammy

Award-winning producer Peter Katis (Kurt Vile, Japandroids, The National), The Get Up

Kids took a characteristically riff-driven yet decidedly pop-minded approach to song

structure, while also allowing themselves a new sense of creative freedom. “At one

point with this band, if we came up with something that felt too much like when we first

started out, we would’ve said, ‘No, we can’t do that anymore,’” says Pryor. “These days

we’ve learned how to write without roadblocking the ideas that come naturally to us.”

Kicking off with lead single “Satellite,” Problems opens on a stark arrangement of

acoustic guitar and stripped-bare vocals, then bursts into brightly crashing rhythms and

lyrics revealing the time-bending quality of The Get Up Kids’ songwriting. “I started

writing ‘Satellite’ about my son who’s 14 and a total introvert—not antisocial, he just

genuinely likes to keep to himself,” says Pryor. “But then somewhere down the line I

started singing about myself—about how even when you’re playing a show to a room

full of people, I can still feel anxious and isolated.”

Throughout Problems , The Get Up Kids again prove themselves attuned to the nuance

of highly specific emotions, and ultimately validate the messiest and most nebulous of

feelings. On the joyfully swinging, piano-heavy “The Problem Is Me,” for instance, the

band explores the notion of embracing your own romantic dysfunction, while “Salina”

captures a small moment of melancholy with sweeping intensity and sprawling guitar

work. Later, on “Your Ghost Is Gone,” The Get Up Kids deliver a gently devastating

piano ballad sparked from an instrumental piece Dewees wrote soon after his mother’s


Through the years, The Get Up Kids have purposely pushed themselves toward

previously unexplored songwriting material. “I’m 41 now, I could never write a song like

when I was 19—all those ‘I miss my girlfriend’ kind of songs,” Suptic says. “It’s always

important to us to write about wherever we are right now.” As shown on Problems , the

resulting output both preserves the beloved spirit of The Get Up Kids and creates an

entirely new context for their music. “A big part of the reason why we started writing new


Venue Information:
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
5013 288th ave
Maquoketa, IA, 52060