The Get Up Kids returned in 2018 with their first release in seven years (and first for Polyvinyl), the Kicker EP, which was a very welcome return to the sound of their classic '90s material. They wrapped up the year with a New Year's run that included BrooklynVegan-presented shows at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on 12/30 and New Year's Eve. They played a similar-but-not-exactly-the-same selection of songs across the two nights (in different orders), and the NYE show started right before midnight. Both nights included three of the four songs on the new EP, plus a selection of classics that leaned most heavily on Something To Write Home About (nothing from their 2011 comeback album There Are Rules). On NYE, they broke out their cover of The Cure's "Close To Me" and you can watch video of that and check out both nights' setlists below. Pictures of night one are in the gallery above, including shots of openers Active Bird Community and Retirement Party.

In case you missed it, Get Up Kids co-frontman Jim Suptic listed his 10 favorite albums of 2018. Jim and fellow TGUK co-frontman Matt Pryor are also in the supergroup Radar State with The Anniversary's Josh Berwanger, and they're touring later this month and planning to release their debut album this year. Stay tuned.

12/30 Setlist
Action & Action
Better This Way
Shorty
Martyr Me
Overdue
Woodson
Maybe
Valentine
Stay Gold, Ponyboy
Forgive and Forget
No Love
Campfire Kansas
Red Letter Day
My Own Reflection
Don't Hate Me

Encore:
Holiday
I'm A Loner Dottie, A Rebel
I'll Catch You
Ten Minutes

12/31 Setlist
Holiday
I'm A Loner Dottie, A Rebel
Better This Way
No Love
Martyr Me
Overdue
Woodson
Maybe
Stay Gold, Ponyboy
Out of Reach
Forgive and Forget
Mass Pike
Campfire Kansas
Red Letter Day
My Own Reflection
Don't Hate Me

Encore:
Close To Me (The Cure cover)
Action & Action
Shorty
Ten Minutes

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photos by Kate Hoos