The Get Up Kids announce their first full length album in eight years – Problems arrives May 10th + watch
The Get Up Kids announce their first full length album in eight years – Problems arrives May 10th + watch "Satellite" video now & catch the band at SXSW
Posted 03/07/2019

We are so proud to announce the first full-length album in eight years from one of our all time favorite bands, The Get Up Kids!!! Produced by Grammy Award-winner Peter Katis (Kurt Vile, The National), Problems will be released May 10th, 2019. It examines everything from life-changing loss to loneliness to the inevitable anxiety of existing in 2019. Watch the video for first single "Satellite" today.

Satellite” 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 guitarist/vocalist Matt 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.”

Director Kerstin Ebert explains, “The feeling of being isolated in a big city can be depressing. But instead of making this a sad story, I added a cardboard man named Hank to the storyline -- a guy who lives like a normal human being amongst 8 million other people in New York City. Even though Hank's adventurous ambitions as well as his facial expressions are very limited, he is the heart of the story and the biggest dreamer of all.”

The follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed EP, Kicker, Problems came to life in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with the band – Matt Pryor, Jim Suptic (guitars/vocals), Rob Pope (bass), Ryan Pope (drums), and James Dewees (keys) – holing up together for a three-week span. Working with Katis, 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 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.

Problems is now available for pre-order now in the Polyvinyl Store. Snag a limited edition deluxe Early Bird on 180-Gram Pink/Light Blue Starburst, which includes a bonus zine with lyrics & photos. Don't you dare miss merch for your every need, i.e. smiley socks, patches, band-aids, et al.

Catch The Get Up Kids live this month at SXSW, plus an EU/ UK tour in May –

  • 03/13 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk - Polyvinyl Record Co. & Friends Showcase
  • 03/14 - Austin, TX @ W Hotel - Austin City Limits Radio Live Broadcast
  • 03/14 - Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn - Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion
  • 05/07 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle #
  • 05/08 - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo #
  • 05/09 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Zappa #
  • 05/10 - Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island #
  • 05/11 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage #
  • 05/13 - Bologna, Italy @ Locomotiv #
  • 05/14 - Milan, Italy @ Magazzini Generali #
  • 05/16 - Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz #
  • 05/18 - Madrid, Spain @ Independance Club #
  • 05/20 - Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie #
  • 05/21 - Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof #
  • 05/22 - Berlin, Germany @ SO36 #
  • 05/23 - Cologne, Germany @ Luxor #
  • 05/25 - Leeds, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival North
  • 05/26 - Hatfield, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival South
  • # w/ Muncie Girls