SOLD OUT The Get Up Kids, The Hotelier, Josh Berwanger Band

2200 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
United States

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The Get Up Kids

It's been 15 years since The Get Up Kids first started playing together in a warehouse above a drum store in Kansas City, MO. Soon after that first practice the band recorded and self released their first 7". Since that time the band has released four acclaimed studio albums, two EPs, one live album and a collection of rarities. They have toured the US, Europe, Australia and Japan to sold out crowds too many times to count. They have been called a major part of what has been called the "second wave of emo" in the 90's along with bands like Braid and The Promise Ring. They've been sited as a major influence to many prominent artists. But, in 2005, after ten years of constant touring, the band called it quits with a "farewell" tour. Then, in 2008, after what was really an "extended break" they reunited to play an unannounced show at a small bar in their hometown of Kansas City. That went so well that the band decided to go on the road in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of their most popular album "Something To Write Home About". While the band was rehearsing for the tour they spontaneously decided to record a new album. Enter "Simple Science" the bands first release since 2004's "Guilt Show". The four-song EP that was released in April 2010 is a prelude to the 12-song LP that will be released in the fall of 2010. It marks the band's return to the studio with longtime producer Ed Rose. It is also the band's first independent release, on their-own "Flyover Records" since that first 7" so many years ago.

The Hotelier

"On Home, Like Noplace Is There, the Hotelier (formerly known as the Hotel Year) hold nothing back. Hope, despair, longing, unabashed excitement and love at its most naked surge from the speakers, every emotion both palpable and irresistible. Their stripped-back and organic-sounding punkish indie rock recalls early Jimmy Eat World, Texas Is The Reason, the Appleseed Cast, Penfold and the Weakerthans, and this album sees them stand toe to toe with any one of those bands, which is admirable to say the least.

The title of opening track, "An Introduction To The Album," makes it sound throwaway but it is anything but. With a plaintive tone, it caresses you, ever so slowly increasing in intensity before reaching a crescendo that makes you want to punch the sky and/or hug the nearest person to you. The way the Hotelier shift between conflicting tones, often aided by abrupt time changes, never once fails to carry you with them. This is very much the case on "Your Deep Rest," which interweaves playfulness and frail melancholy before evolving into something almost defiant, while "Among The Wildflowers" has too much going on to even try to break it down in a way that could do it justice.

The naked anger of "Life In Drag" sees the band kick things up a gear with vocalist Christian Holden screaming himself ragged, a desperation that haunts the track that in its way is as fragile and sublime as their most understated moments. Throughout, Holden's voice is one of the band's greatest attributes. Unpolished and more concerned with sincerity than perfection, it carries his often confessional lyrics with so much grace and emotion, though had he sung in a made up language the same sentiments could well be conveyed with as much potency.

Though it is doubtful that it will storm the mainstream, Home, Like Noplace Is There is a record that deserves to break free of the indie-rock niche that birthed it. If there is any justice it will at least be embraced by enough people to ensure that a follow-up emerges in the not-too-distant future, because the world needs more music as sincere and lovingly crafted as this—a lot more." - AltPress

Josh Berwanger Band

Josh Berwanger could easily be considered a veteran of the rock and roll wars. He first made a name for himself as a member of The Anniversary, a seminal Kansas band that released two glorious albums (2000's Designing a Nervous Breakdown and 2002's Your Majesty) and selling over 100,000 records before imploding in a breakup of Fleetwood Mac-style proportions while attempting to tour Japan. Undeterred, Berwanger put together a new band—a country-rock outfit called The Only Children–and would go on to release two criminally underrated records (2004's Change of Living and 2007's Keeper of Youth) before pulling the plug on that project and taking a job doing the next most logical thing possible– coaching high school basketball in Lawrence, Kansas. Having experienced the highest highs and lowest lows involved with chasing his musical dreams for the better part of two decades, Berwanger found himself at a crossroads—should he finally hang up his guitar for good or should he soldier on, pulling together his best tunes and working with a group of friends to make the best music possible? Luckily, he chose the latter. "There's this part of me that really wants music to be normal again. I don't even know what I mean by that exactly, but I know what normal isn't—designer outfits, fireworks, crazy gimmicks. I don't know how to relate to that. I want to make rock and roll. I want to make something honest."