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Get Up Kids happy reunion led to new music

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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When reunited in 2008 after a three-year split — ostensibly to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its second album, “Something to Write Home About” — frontman Matthew Pryor had no doubt it would lead to new music, too.

But “There Are Rules” went through a few unforeseen permutations before it finally came out in January.

“I was writing these songs to convince myself this was worth doing,” says Pryor, who released a solo album during the interim. “A lot of the time, that’s what I’m doing; I’m writing songs to myself about what I’m doing or what I’d like to be doing or to tell myself that this is all worthwhile.

“It sounds a little crazy, but I think the songs are mostly songs to me. Hopefully I couch them in such a way that people can hear more than just that, though.”

Meanwhile, Pryor and company are making up for lost time. Even as “There Are Rules” was released, the group was back in the studio in Texas working on songs for an EP that’s due out in the spring and for another album that Get Up Kids hope to have out in early 2012.

“I like doing a lot of things, but I really like writing songs and I really like recording them,” says Pryor, who also plays in the band Wooden Birds and credits a move to Hudson, N.Y., with spurring his creativity.

“For some reason, living there, the songs just started coming out. There’s tons of songs, which is great. It’s just like any other thing; if you want to do it, you have to want to do it. You have to be convinced, and then things will happen.”

The Get Up Kids, Miniature Tigers and Brian Bonz perform on Thursday, March 10, at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $23.50. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

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