Interviewed today by Drowned in Sound in anticipation of Vagrant's September 7 reissue of Something to Write Home About, Get Up Kids founding member Jim Suptic waxed poetic about the band's history and current situation. Most intriguing, however, was his response to the group's purported influence on the development of "emo":
How do you feel about the 'emo' tag that Something To Write Home About led to? And what about that word, 'emo' – the connotations have certainly changed some over the years, pre and post-Get Up Kids.
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. 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.
And what do you think of the myriad bands who have sprung up in your wake, often to far greater commercial success? Certain acts have been particularly vocal in acknowledging the debt they owe you...
I think I summed it up in the last question. If a band gets 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. We at least can play our instruments.
Thank you, Jim. (via Daily Swarm)