The FADER ​debuts The Get Up Kids' new video + track
The FADER ​debuts The Get Up Kids' new video + track "Better This Way"
Posted 05/24/2018

Thursday, also known as Pre-Friday. That final stretch is about to get a lot easier. The Get Up Kids just dropped their second single, “Better This Way,” via a dynamite video over at the The FADER. The 'electric earworm' is the second song from the band’s new Kicker EP, their first release in seven years, out June 8th, 2018. The premiere also includes a conversation with Matt Pryor about their new album.

On the video's bonus details FADER reports, "It’s got plenty of easter eggs for long time fans, including a background character in full ’90s emo cosplay, complete with the very same t-shirt that drummer Ryan Pope wore in the “Action & Action” video 19 years go."

Jim Suptic, who sings lead on the track, said the song is “about making a choice. A choice that you think is right at the time, but then it turns out there really isn't a right choice. Every decision has consequences good or bad. The best we can hope for is being able to live with the fallout. Relationships can be hard and need to be worked on. That goes for husband, wife, friend, family, etc. I think this song is hopeful, some might not see it that way. A glass filled to the middle is either half full or half empty. Sometimes it's just nice to have something to drink.”

Director Shawn Brackbill explained the video’s inspiration –

“We wanted to do something that incorporated a foosball table as a nod to the cover art of the Kicker EP. The track really brings us back to the classic Get Up Kids sound, and we wanted the video to have a nostalgic feel. I spent a bit of time digging around for inspiration, much of which comes from the ‘80s and ‘90s.”

Watch below and order your copy of Kicker from our E-Store now!

The Get Up Kids begin a headlining U.S. tour on June 14th in Dallas, TX, with sold out shows in San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Portland, OR. Full list of dates below; tickets available here.


  • 06/14 - Dallas, TX @ Trees #
  • 06/15 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs) #
  • 06/16 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk #
  • 06/18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom #
  • 06/19 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah # [SOLD OUT]
  • 06/21 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory #
  • 06/22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar & Billiards #
  • 06/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour # [SOLD OUT]
  • 06/24 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's #
  • 06/26 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos #
  • 06/27 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge # [SOLD OUT]
  • 06/29 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall #
  • 06/30 - Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater #
  • 07/11 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club $%
  • 07/12 - Patchogue, NY @ Great South Bay Music Festival
  • 07/13 - Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall $%
  • 07/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts $%
  • 07/15 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club $%
  • 07/17 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall $%
  • 07/18 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm $%
  • 07/19 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Hell $%
  • 07/20 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge $%
  • 07/21 - St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall $%
  • 07/27 - Kansas City, MO @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater @ Buzz Beach Ball
# w/ Casket Lottery, $ w/ Racquet Club