The Get Up Kids Apologize for Helping Create Emo
Published Jul 27, 2009As we previously reported, the Get Up Kids are back together and celebrating the tenth anniversary of Something to Write Home About with some touring. But as one of the originators of emo, the band aren't happy with what that word has come to represent. So much so, in fact, that they're apologizing for their part in the whole mess.
No one old enough to remember bands like Boys Life, Cerberus Shoal or Texas Is the Reason likes to hear the word "emo" anymore; Jim Suptic, Get Up Kids guitarist, understands and is saying he's sorry for the scene his band unwittingly helped create.
In an interview with Drowned in Sound, Suptic had some less-than-kind words for today's emo bands.
"Honestly, I don't often think about the state of 'emo,'" Suptic said. "The punk scene we came out of and the punk scene now are completely different. It's like glam rock now. We played the Bamboozle fests this year and we felt really out of place. I could name maybe three bands we played with. It was just a sea of neon shirts to us. If this is the world we helped create, then I apologize."
Suptic even went on to say: "If a band get huge and they say we inspired them, great. The problem is most of them aren't very good. What does that say about us? I don't know. Maybe we sucked. At least we can play our instruments."