Singled Out: The Get Up Kids Week - Pararelevant

01/26/2011
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The Get Up Kids released their new album, There Are Rules, yesterday and to celebrate we asked Matthew Pryor to pick some of his favorite tracks from the album and tell us a little bit about each one. Today he tells us about "Pararelevant:"

No spell check will every recognize this word because I made it up. We were looking at some music magazines at the studio and the topic of relevance came up. I made the joke that we weren't relevant but we were on a different road that was parallel to relevance. So, pararelevant was born. The more I think about it though, at least in music circles anyway, relevance is in the eye of the beholder. One man's trash is another man's treasure or so they say. I've been observing that our music represents different things to different people including us. To some, we are the band they used to go see when they were in college and that's our relevance to them. To others, and this would include the five of us, it's a constantly changing and sometimes mutating organism whose relevance is more closely tied to the current moment than the past. I guess, maybe this song is about that balance between those contradicting points of view. I mean, you've got to have both. Your past is certainly a huge part of what you are now but it's certainly not the only thing that defines you. I think that people lose perspective of that sometimes. I think that we have to live in the present while still celebrating the past.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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