No one can argue that The Get Up Kids are one of the single most impactful groups to ever hit the Indie/Emo scene. What is debatable is whether their influence extended beyond their style and affected the up-and-coming generations of artists in the same way that they affected the musicians in their own genre. Did their passion emotionally reach the singer songwriters of the world, did they intensely move the dive bar performing Punk acts or sway the Chicago Pop Punk scene? Well, if this wildly diverse album is any indication of their wide ranging impact, then the answer is undoubtedly yes. This album, and the variety of highly talented artists that signed on board to pay homage to one of the most well-respected acts to grace the musical stage, is clear proof that The Get Up Kids meant more to music than their Indie Rock styling's would suggest. If you want more evidence just take Everyone Dies in Utah's Post-Hardcore rendition of "Close To Home," or The Material's female fronted Rock version of "Red Letter Day." I challenge you to find two cover songs that have that much range yet still appear on the very same original album (Something To Write Home About). Even more astonishing is that those two disparate tracks are just the tip of the musically oriented iceberg. If you're a fan of Pop Punk, Ska, Alternative, Indie or Acoustic, it all makes an appearance. And again, it's this kind of variety that undoubtedly proves the stunning poignancy of The Get Up Kids' career and the unbelievable extent of the impression they made on us all.
After the release of Happy Miserable and parting ways with long time lead guitarist Danny Halminiak, Chris Rogner, Mark Halminiak and Mickey Molinari wanted to do something they’ve always talked about doing but never did, polish up their sound. The addition of new lead guitarist Mikey Cheiro gave them the ability and fire they needed. After writing four songs that Chris, Mark, Mickey and Mikey were all pleased with they needed someone to capture the renewed sound that they successfully cultivated. Local Chicago producers Joe Dilillo and Joshua Starr at Solid Sound Studios were just the ones that were up for the challenge. Joe and Josh were able to keep the raw sound the August Premier has become known for while managing to give the music a much bigger and fine tuned sound that focuses primarily on melodies and harmonies. A change of pace from past recordings.
Rebel Without Applause is the shortest album August Premier has ever released, but it’s easily the record that they're proudest of, having put more time, thought, emotion and effort into the writing and recording process than any other project to date.