Kansas City emo forefathers The Get Up Kids will make their biennial stop in Buffalo tonight to play Rec Room amid a North American tour in support of their latest release, Problems (2019) – their first full-length since 2011.
Though they aren’t happy to associate themselves with the genre, The Get Up Kids were major players in the midwest emo scene in the ‘90s and continue to be hugely influential to both emo and pop punk bands today. Their second album Something to Write Home About (1999) garnered wide acclaim, launched them into worldwide fame, and eventually became a second-wave emo classic. In the 20+ years since then, The Get Up Kids grew into the alternative rock scene of the 2000s and 2010s, survived a temporary breakup, and bumped their full-length release count to six. Problems, a release that fell around the 20th anniversary of that beloved sophomore release, takes a step back toward the band’s roots, touting an evolved version of the style so many fell in love with all those years ago. With such an expansive career and a setlist to match, TGUK fans old and new have plenty to look forward to for this Sunday night show.
Doors open at 7, with Buffalo band Cooler opening sometime after that. 16+ (16 and under with adult). Tickets $20 in advance.
Written by Grace Trimper