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The Get Up Kids / Saves the Day: live in Farmingdalelive in Farmingdale (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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You'd think a tour with the Get Up Kids and Saves the Day would be a non-stop celebration of nostalgia. But these aren't merely cash-in reunion tours from bands who haven't recorded material in forever—the Get Up Kids recently released a new record, and Saves the Day just joined a new label, setting up to release their long, long-gestating new album, Daybreak. I mean, sure...Chris Conley told the audience about buying the Get Up Kids' first 7" as a junior in high school, recording the songs to a cassette and showing it to friends to describe what "emo" was, and Jim Suptic recalled playing an Irish pub with Coalesce on Long Island in 1997. But if you came expecting a Vagrant Records anniversary show or something, you'd be disappointed. And that was still A-OK with me.
The crowd began to trickle out, with the venue's space opening up just a shade during the Get Up Kids' set. No one groaned when they offered up their newest fare (There Are Rules), but no one seemed visibly enthused, either. It sounded good, though, with the band's newly insistent synth tone driving nervous, dizzying cuts like "Pararelevant" and "Automatic". Of course, the celebration was evident best with songs from 1999's Something to Write Home About and 1997's Four Minute Mile, with big sing-alongs, finger-points, spastic pile-ons and drunken dancing from "Red Letter Day" to "No Love". A grinning James Dewees, busy with his other band My Chemical Romance but apparently in attendance tonight, even came on to help with "Out of Reach" and "Holiday".
The band largely remained faithful to older songs, although there was an interesting X Files moog tone for "Is There a Way Out", which made the atmosphere less harrowing and simply creepier. They did, however, receive looks of questionability and discernment when they chose to kick off their encore with a take on Blur's "Boys & Girls". "We heard this is a dance club," Matt Pryor told the decidedly non-dance-club-oriented audience. The post-punk dance beat of "Boys & Girls" actually elicited some dancing, sarcastic or otherwise, but as the four-minute song carried on (they butchered the intro a couple times, too), it would take a song as classic as "Holiday" to bring them back. It did the job, though.
Set list (9:22-10:27):
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