Of the emo architects on reunion tour this fall, I would've preferred a visit from Sunny Day Real Estate. But the high school freshman in me is still pretty psyched for the Get Up Kids, five Superchunk fans from Kansas City who, despite never rising above "cult favorite" status, changed the face of popular music.
Ulcerous screams of "How could you do this to me?!" and resigned admissions that "Constants aren't so constant anymore" seem awfully clumsy in retrospect, but they capture the essence of adolescent turmoil as beautifully as ever.
Paired with hard-charging guitars, such sentiments spawned countless imitators that look pretty gross outside nostalgia's flattering lighting. Anyone who once rocked out to Four Minute Mile will be focused squarely on this band's past, though, and not the future they wrought. -Chris DeVille