The Get Up Kids may not have started emo, but they're willing to take the blame.
"If this is the world we helped create, then I apologize," guitarist James Suptic told Drowned in Sound earlier this summer. The Get Up Kids reunited last year after a three-year hiatus. "Honestly, I don't often think about the state of 'emo.' The punk scene we came out of and the punk scene now are completely different. It's like glam rock now."
Emo has its roots in the mid 1980s, but reached critical mass early this decade with bands like The Get Up Kids and Jimmy Eat World—who honestly, I never thought of as emo because what is "emo" in my head annoys the crap out of me. (see: Dashboard Confessional)
Pete Wentz told Alternative Press in 2005 that he credits The Get Up Kids for Fall Out Boy's existence.
"There should be a How to Be a Pop-Punk Kid Starter Kit with bands like the Get Up Kids, so kids would know whose shoulders bands like us are standing on," Wentz said. "Fall Out Boy would not be a band if it were not for the Get Up Kids."
But Suptic doesn't seem too fond of those who followed in The Get Up Kids' wake.
"If a band gets huge and they say we inspired them, great," he said. "The problem is most of them aren't very good. What does that say about us? I don't know. Maybe we sucked. We at least can play our instruments."
Zing! It's okay, James. I'm not mad at ya. After all, The Get Up Kids helped provide the soundtrack to my early college years, and who didn't have at least one or two emo days then?
The Get Up Kids, who re-released Something To Write Home About for its 10th anniversary last month, will play Cat's Cradle on November 10.