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Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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Everything in Between
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The Get Up Kids
Live! @ The Granada Theater
Vagrant

Rating: 5/10 ?


August 23, 2005
I was an emo kid before I discovered the genre; I just didn't know it yet. That's not necessarily a statement to brag about - few people want to be associated with the image of a whiney heartbroken weenie - but the unabashed honesty exhibited by the genre's early acts struck a fast chord with suburbanite teens, myself included.

With "emo" replacing nu-metal on MTV and radios across the United States, it's safe to say the genre is nearing the end of its death throes. Few things signal the end of this era more than the disbanding of one of its seminal acts: The Get Up Kids.

Although never one of my favorite bands, when I try to nail the generalized emo sound, Matt Pryor's high, strained voice and the group's frantic poppy melodies immediately come to mind. Taped at the band's tenth anniversary show, Live! @ The Granada Theater provides a mix of the bands back catalogue, drawing heavily from their early days. Over half of the set is culled from the band's pre-On a Wire repertoire, including fan favorites "Red Letter Day," "I'm a Loner Dottie, A Rebel," and the band's first-ever song, "Woodson."

Songs that sounded restrained in the studio have more room to breathe in the open air, often resulting in greater intensity, energy and passion. Crowd noise is mostly filtered out, or at least toned down to the point where you know it's live, but the girl shouting about Pryor's hotness won't ruin the listening experience.

As far as any character goes, the music is all this disc has to offer. The band's stage banter has been tweaked to a minimum, typically reserved for introducing the next song on the list. This is where things start to go downhill. Live! @ The Granada Theater ultimately doesn't add anything to the band's image; the songs may sound good live, but are not drastically different enough to warrant an extra release. Live! @ The Granada Theater may pique the interest of fans of the Get Up Kids, or fans of the genre in general, but it serves better as a memento than a listening experience.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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