The fruits of the emo boom of the late '90s weren’t so different than the darker, pop-punk or scream-enhanced bands that bloomed from their seeds. There were driving guitars, sad guys wearing glasses and songs about seemingly avoidable heartbreak—lots and lots of songs about avoidable heartbreak.
In the case of Kansas City’s Get Up Kids, there was always an adequate serving of bounce and beers to go with the barrage of tears. Over the band’s more than 20 years of existence, early songs like “Holiday” and “Don’t Hate Me” were served with so much gleeful adrenaline that listeners could find the band on tour, cram into a rock club and pounce around with a few Pabst Blue Ribbons all while choosing to compartmentalize the material’s message of longing and despair.
The Get Up Kids—who reunited in 2008 after a three-year hiatus—have had an enduring influence past its genre’s heyday because of its connective material, songs that elicited smiles and sadness. Fans should expect this work and more from guitarist/vocalist Jim Suptic, bassist Robert Pope, keyboardist James Dewees, drummer Ryan Pope, and vocalist/guitarist Matt Pryor when they arrive in Buffalo.
The Get Up Kids: 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Pet Symmetryo opens. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25 (Ticketfly, box office).