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Tuesday’s Article (12-21-10)

In Music, Rich, Tuesday's Article on December 21, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , ,

All Grown Up release new E.P. “I’m Over Here”

Springsteen Sting, the third track off of All Grown Up‘s new E.P. “I’m Over Here” starts off with one of my favorite lyrics I’ve heard in a while:

“I woke up bleeding from my hands again, I guess I’m working in my sleep.”

This line epitomizes the decade plus DIY career of this family.  I say family rather than band because All Grown Up has become so much more than just four guys playing music.  The “AGUnit” is a group of friends that have become the foundation on which All Grown Up stands, and the band is fully aware and appreciative of this.  Anybody who has seen the way they offer every ounce of themselves onstage would be able to support that statement with unwavering certainty.

Since the first AGU show I checked out in 2004, between my various bands playing shows with them and just going as a fan, I’ve probably seen All Grown Up 30 or 40 times.  Usually that would put me in fanboy territory, but the truth is it still leaves me a lightweight in terms of their fan-base.  Yes, I’ve seen over a hundred people come out to see them and they’re reputation is spreading everyday, but no matter if it’s Gramercy Theatre or Mr. Beery’s in Bethpage, you can count on the same 40 or so friends being in the front of the audience singing every word to every song.  This is where the family aspect comes in.

We aren’t talking Jonas Brothers fans here, we’re talking the friends the band grew up with and all the stragglers (such as myself) that they picked up along the way.  These are the same guys and girls that the AGU crew Beer-B-Q’s with in the summer and closes down the bar with every weekend all year-long.  It’s a crew that invented Friendship Friday as an excuse to have a good time together, and that I’ve seen the majority of at every Minus The Bear Show since 2005.  They’re great people who support the hell out of their friends, and I consider it an honor to count a lot of them among my own.

I sat down to write about the new E.P., but I don’t think I could have without the article digressing into what the All Grown Up family is all about.  At the end of the day “I’m Over Here” is five raw, emotive punk influenced tracks that exemplify every good friendship.  Every track is a house party in MP3 format, but also touches on those conversation topics everyone in their 20’s have had with their best friend at some point.  This is a really tough thing to accomplish and very few bands (The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, The June Spirit) have been able to accomplish it with any sort of sincerity in the past few decades, All Grown Up is among them.  Then again, when you get a band who are as talented as these guys are, and who’s biggest influence is legitimately their friends and family, it’s really not that surprising.

You should get the record here.

Then join the AGU family here.

And to top it all off, be here next Thursday.

-Rich

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One Response to “Tuesday’s Article (12-21-10)”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by AGUnit, Richard J Nardo. Richard J Nardo said: RT @twobarbersblog: All Grown Up Release new E.P http://t.co/MImmK93 – Rich gives his take on why the band has become a family! #newmusic […]

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