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Musician Rob Pope on bouncing between Spoon, The Get Up Kids, and being the coolest dad in Lawrence – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2021-06-11 15:00:23 –

Mary, Rob and Julian Pope on stage before the 2018 Spoon Show in Boston. // Courtesy Rob Pope

The Get Up Kids will be hosting their first post-pandemic live show on September 17th at Lemonade Park. They are also working on five new EPs.

pitch Called bassist Rob Pope Get Up Kids, Previously for spoons. Behind him is a bourgeois pig in Lawrence, Kansas. This bar is owned by my brother who completes the rhythm section as a drummer of Get Up Kids.


pitch: How long did you play the bass with a spoon?

13 and a half years.

But after 13 and a half years, you quit the spoon. why?

I needed a break. I needed some time. I’ve been touring more than half of my life, the whole life of an adult, but I couldn’t do that anymore. Understanding certain major life changes has certainly not been easy, and I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. I remember talking about ramen in London.

I remember that too.

It was beginning to hurt my relationship, my mental health, and my parenting. Spoon was touring an insane amount. I was starting to lose some of my identity — who I was and who I wanted to be. Many were parenting, available and supportive for his wife, Julian, 2 years old, and Mary, 3 years old. After 250 days of the year, go home and adjust from awake until 3am every night and have Mary remove her eyelids at 6am at home. This is a difficult adjustment. Repeat over and over again.

Is the spoon angry with you?

No, they love me! I still talk a lot with those guys. There are moments when you miss playing in that band — the spoon is really good! But it never felt as perfect as my band. It’s a bit more dictatorial than the band I grew up in, The Get Up Kids.That band my band.

Get Up Kids-How’s it going?

It’s really working. Now that we’re back in Lawrence, we’re all in the same city. We get more done! Was busy. Rock and roll profit margins are not very high. You have to work.

I have to hustle!

Yes, the hustle is real. Dustin Kinsey is in the band and is working on a lot of new songs. The live stream was fun to go back and rehash.

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Get Up Kids in the 2021 “Four Minute Miles” live stream. // // Photo by Shawn Blackville

You’re going on a tour with the Get Up Kids, right?

definitely. It will come back in earnest, probably to the drawbacks. I think it’s a little scary for all the bands in the world to be on tour this year.

Is there anything that makes the tour feel a little more homely by touring with people you know well and your brothers? You raised each other.

It’s a little scary to think about how much time we four spent together. So Jim Septic and I were in the first grade together. Ryan Of course, I’ve known him since he was born. As for Matt, there is that level of brotherhood and literal brotherhood that the four of us have. It has comfort.

We also know how to really offend each other. Each of us knows exactly which button is right to press when someone needs to get up. We are all weird ego-led people, creative types. And sometimes they are unstable relationships, but now we are doing well!

Do you have any plans for TGUK?

In addition to the live streams I’ve been to so far, I’m planning to record 5 EPs. I will design it. The song is written and really good. Peter Katis, who produced our last record, produces and mixes remotely in Connecticut. But record in the basement here.

Whose basement?

Ryan’s basement.

Your dad was a traveling salesman when you and Ryan were growing up. Have you ever thought about how you are a traveling salesman?

Yes Yes. It comes out every time I meet my dad. There was some kind of learned behavior, like touring. Dad seems to have been traveling all the time, do you think that’s what I have to do? That said, I can’t Freud it completely. Dad will go home on the weekends and be in a bad mood. “What’s happening in this house!” He will grab the vacuum. I started to understand him.

Your child looks pretty honest. Do they like Get Up Kids?

They are crazy about pop radio. I’m pretty honest with my kids when we’re driving. If it contains a Taylor Swift song, I would say I don’t like this. They will say “what ?!” Because they are singing it behind. But with the recently released Olivia Rodrigo song, one of her new singles, Mary and I look at each other and say “I like it.” Do you listen to those drums? That’s wise. I would certainly never let them hear my dad’s band. They like to see it. They don’t know Uncle Ryan as a drummer, but he made them a drum kit.

What a good uncle. He is a drummer who is especially fun to watch. Isn’t he ambidextrous?

Yes, but they don’t understand it. They are wondering what he is doing. “Uncle Ryan? How does he do that?” He sits there and starts hitting something.

Why did you come back to Kansas? Please tell me what’s so great about that place. (((Note: I grew up in Lawrence and my daughter’s middle name is Kansas. In all transparency, I know what’s so great about it.)

It was great to be back here after moving to Seattle, Brooklyn and Massachusetts. For years, my wife Lindsay secretly wanted to move to Kansas someday. And that finally happened last year. Due to the schedule of the tour, it was really selfish to go to the place I wanted to live after half a year, so I didn’t want to think about myself or make a decision. She loves here and everything will be much easier. Lawrence and KC have always felt like home.

You are no longer a polite nomad. You clicked on the heel together!

Lawrence is a wonderful little bubble of culture. When I was always touring, I went home and had no other job. The business I own wasn’t where I lived. Obviously, I’ve been much more active at The Pig. (((He gestures to the bar behind him on 9th Avenue in downtown Lawrence.) Until a few weeks ago, I was essentially a waiter. All of our staff served the table and doubled the effort for half the money. But it’s coming now. Douglas County does a great job of immunizing people.

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Pope Rob, 2021. // // Photo by Shawn Blackville

It’s so wild. I’ve never seen you work other than being a musician.

Now I’m always a bartender. I like that. Lindsay and I also launched a screen printing company called Pocket Studio Press. Now that I’m back in Lawrence, I’m busier than I expected! Now I’m wondering if I’m a good parent again.

I was wondering about it. When you return from the tour, you’ll spend all this focused time with your kids, most parents won’t get frankly unless they take a vacation. But now you are a dad who works regularly.

The difference is that no matter what, you go home, sleep, get up and stay there. It’s daily routine is a big change — the stability of having a dad around. The other day, Lindsay asked Julian and Mary, “Do you remember your dad being gone all the time?” And I didn’t do either!

They are like goldfish.

Yup. Lindsay and I both said, “Are you kidding?” All the while, it was quite traumatic for us. This stability is more valuable than a long, focused period.



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