The Get Up Kids | Mercy Lounge | Nashville, TN
Written by: Kayla Lee | Photos by: Nick Zimmer
The Get Up Kids wound down their recent tour with a stop in Nashville, TN. With support from Ageist and Racquet Club, The Get Up Kids drew a large crowd which was impressive because Smashing Pumpkins were performing in Nashville on the same night. Mercy Lounge is certainly a small venue for an established band to play, making the show an intimate experience for everyone there as it was an up close and personal performance.
Opening band Ageist are based out of Brooklyn and cut right to the chase. Their set included their single "Babyface" which they recently released a music video for that you can watch here. This four piece delivered punchy drums and catchy hooks complete with Ramones-esque riffs -- they're from New York, after all!
Racquet Club were up next. With a West Coast vibe, their blend of hard alternative rock filled the venue. Vocalist Blair Shehan is an intense vocalist with a hypnotizing gaze that added to the overall performance. "Blood On The Moon" with it's haunting lyrics of "Own me, you are now my familiar" was a stand out track to see performed live. "Blue Skies" is another track that worked well in a live setting with building drums that filled the tiny venue to the brim with sound.
Taking the stage to Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride," The Get Up Kids opened with their 1999 hit "Action and Action." After that, the dove into new material from their latest EP Kicker like "Better This Way" and "Maybe." Their lengthy set list was made up of eighteen tracks plus a four track encore, with twenty two songs in total. Breaking up the set with "Overdue," vocalist / guitarist Jim Suptic donned an acoustic guitar before diving back into their fast paced tracks. Long time fans were eager to rock out with a band that they've loved for years with new fans in the mix as well. When a band's been around for as long as The Get Up Kids, you know that they're doing something right!