a day to remember band 2011

#83: Pregnancy Series | Shopping For Baby Clothes

A/N:

- Someone wanted me to add some drama, so I did as requested x

Weeks into the pregnancy: 28 weeks

Suggestion: Read the other prefs to get a better comprehension

Finding Out About The Pregnancy | Part 1

Finding Out About The Pregnancy | Part 2

Morning Sickness

Telling The Boys

Telling His Family

The Bump Starts To Show

First Ultrasound Scanning

Telling The Fans

Mood Swings

Cravings

The Baby Kicks For The First Time

Finding Out The Gender

Discussing Baby Names

He Talks To The Bump

Aches And Pain

Luke:

Luke’s giggle filled your ears when you placed the penguin beanie you had found at one of the shelves on top of your head, placing your arms flat against your waist and starting to make what Luke would clarify as possibly bird sounds. “You’re such an idiot.” He laughed, taking off the beanie from your head, your hair messy and electrical by the removal. “But we’re getting it anyways.” He put the beanie down in your trolley, you rolling your eyes by him as you guys walked towards the checkout, ready to pay for the big pile amount of clothes for your little baby boy. Luke’s eyebrows furrowed as he reached his hands down in his pockets, trying to find the shopping list and check if everything was crossed off. “I can’t believe that Liz made you a list.” Your shook your head at him in disbelief with a laugh, Luke just sending you a glance. “If it wasn’t for this, we would have been fucked in here and you know it.” You only nodded your head at him as the two of you worked together to get your clothes on the counter in front of the cashier. The lady behind the counter smiled at you guys, her tall slim body making you instantly cock your head in half jealousy, taking a glance down at your own body, letting out a sigh as you felt like a balloon at a circus. “I think you’ve bought anything in this store.” The cashier chucked as she beeped the stuff in, you just rolling your eyes and poking you credit card into Luke stomach, him being polite and smile at the girl. “Yeah, well we don’t want to come here more than just once.” You smirked, Luke elbowing you by your rather rude comment, but you couldn’t care, the pregnancy hormones had its power over you. When you guys had finished paying, the cashier returned back the credit card to Luke, “Here you go Mr.. Y/L/N?” She questioned, after reading the card and giving it to Luke. “Oh, we’re not married or anything.” He admitted, taking the card and giving it to you. The cashier suddenly got a sudden change on her face, smiling slightly at Luke which he returned. If it wasn’t for you trying to behave right, you had puked instantly – over the both of them. “Luke, come on, I’m hungry and we’re going home now.” You mumbled, taking one of the bags and pushing it into his stomach, him letting out a huff and tearing his eyes away from the cashier to look down at you. “Since when did you turn into such a commanding sourcream?” He questioned, looking down at you odd as you just shrugged your shoulders, just wanting to leave this place already as fast as possible. Luke took the two other bags in his arms as you took the last one, the cashier sending him a flirting smile as the two of you started to walk out in an intense awkward silence.

Calum:

Going to the mall with the boys sounded nice at first. But that was something that you know classified as being a “drunken” statement. After running around at one of the baby clothing shops, fangirling and screaming up over whatever song of theirs that was played in the radio and almost breaking one of the baby scooters, you were quite tired of them to be honest, and Calum didn’t seemed pleased either, even though he did was a part of some of it. ”Okay guys, can we be serious for a second?” Calum questioned with a laugh as Ashton and Michael placed the scooter back on its place, turning their attention towards Calum. ”Yeah, I think the fun is over for today.” Ashton smiled, the 5 of you following each other away from the toy department and heading towards clothing. ”I think we should start out by looking at some t shirts.” You said, starting to roam through the piles and racks, roaming through the clothes. With all the boys’ tall frames, they had to kneel down to even look at some of the baby clothes, making sure it was the right sizes they would find. ”I think he will like these.” Michael suddenly popped up from other the other racks with what seemed to you like an actual sweet and cute shirt. ”I actually like that Michael; I think we will take it.” You reached out for the shirt and Michael passed it by in delight, sticking his tongue out at Ashton. ”See. He already knows who his favourite uncle is gonna be.” Luke lifted himself up from one of the other racks as well, Ashton and him glaring at Michael with an expression of disbelief. ”Please Michael. We all know that I will be the favourite uncle.” Luke stated, lifting his hands in the air and looking over at you and Calum for approval. ”No Luke, that’s incorrect. Everyone loves drummers, see?” Ashton held up a green mint shirt with a font saying ”Drummer boy” on it, a pleased smile on his lips as he showed it around. ”Listen mate, you can’t be the fucking favourite uncle, you still don’t know how to play Fifa yet!” Luke stated, Michael trying to muffle a laugh. ”You think that is funny Clifford? Well, let’s see if the boy doesn’t get scared away with that reddish haystack you’re calling hair.” Your mouth went wide by the sudden fight between the boys, Calum smacking his palm against his forehead before pulling onto your arm, wanting you to get away from the scenario as fast as possible. ”Come over here. I’ve seen some cute football jerseys I’m dying to buy for him.” He smiled softly down at you and rested his hand on your belly, the faint sound of the boys in the background arguing making you chuckle lightly, letting them be alone now.

Michael:

With your hands linked together, you and Michael walked down the aisle of one of the many aisles in this shopping center, eyes adverting around to the many piles of baby clothes; the trolley in front of you already filled at least half of it. ”Here, I see socks!” Michael exclaimed making you stop the trolley, watching him as he walked over to one of the piles, taking a 3 packs pair of pink smalls up, showing them to you. ”Seriously Mikey, everything down here is pink! What if the she doesn’t like that color?” Michael snorted at you, throwing the socks down into the trolley. ”Y/N, please, she’s a baby do you think she cares about colors and have opinions about it?” ”Every girl has an opinion about anything no matter age!” You lifted your nose in the air and glanced at him, but he could only laugh and shake his head at you. ”I have even bought pink hair dye for her!” ”Michael!” You exclaimed, eyes wide as you stared at him. ”Okay don’t worry, we won’t use it before she grows up! At least until she is like 4..” He mumbled the last part, as if he didn’t wanted you to hear it, but you did. It made you laugh after a few seconds, linking your hands together and starting to walk again, heading towards the t shirts. ”We’ll see. If she ends up like you with that hair, it will fall off before you guys go on your next tour.” By the mention of the band, Michael’s eyes lit up. ”You gotta see what I bought.” He suddenly said, taking his phone out from his pocket, unlocking the screen and going through his photos. ”I was supposed to keep this a secret to you, but with all of this baby shopping, I get too excited and can’t just not show you right now.” He stuck his tongue out in excitement as he found the right photo, you walking next to him curiously and seeing the very small white Derping Since 2011 Merchandise T shirt, your mouth opening in surprise. ”You bought her your own merchandise?” Michael nodded his head in amazement, giving you the phone to get a better look. ”I was determined to get one, and guess what, it arrives in a few days.” ”Michael that’s so cute of you.” You commented and the boy started to form a pink blush to his cheeks, feeling quite blessed himself. ”And I will make sure that she wears it all the time, to remember her how cool she is and how awesome her dad’s band is.” Michael locked the phone in his hand before placing it back in his pocket, placing his hands back on the trolley before sending you a warm smile. Michael was looking so much forward to this, it was cute, and it warmed your heart more than ever to see how loving he already was towards something that he hadn’t even met yet.

Ashton:

”Footie pajamas!” Ashton suddenly exclaimed quite loudly, your eyes turning wide by the sudden outburst, barely registering what he had said before he speeded up with the almost filled trolley, walking towards the piles with footie pajamas everywhere in different colors, you walking as fast as you could towards it. ”They’re cute.” You commented, taking a pink one up with a teddy bear in the middle and font saying ”Daddy’s princess”. ”Why do you think I want them.” Ashton giggled, taking a blue one up had the same teddy bear, but with different font, ”Mummy’s prince.” ”I swear to god we need this.” He said, giving the other one to you. ”Yeah, but we gotta remember to buy some different clothes for them each, not buying the same just in different colors.” You reminded, the two of you walking over to the trolley again. ”Yeah I know. They need their own personalities.” He mumbled, looking down at the trolley to make sure that you had gotten everything. ”It’s a good thing it is a boy and a girl, if it had been two girls I would be sure that you would buy everything in the same style so we wouldn’t get the chance to tell apart at all.” You chuckled, watching him for a bit as he checked the rest of your stuff. You looked down at the pajamas with a smile, placing them on your stomach and sprawling them out. ”You think they fit?” You asked with a chuckle, modelling towards Ashton before moving them away from your stomach as he had seen it. ”No please do that again!” He exclaimed, eyes wild with the new idea and fishing out his phone from his pocket. You rolled your eyes by him, holding the two footie pajamas in your right hand as you pushed your hair back from your shoulder, pressing the hand afterwards on your hip and staring at him. ”Come on Y/N it will make a great picture!” He almost whined, looking away from his IPhone with the camera open, looking up at you. You stared at him for a few seconds before letting out a sigh, placing the pajamas so they were resting against your growing stomach, Ashton snapping a picture as you formed a small smile to the lens. ”I don’t even know if it’s placed on the right gender of them.” You mumbled, Ashton just shaking his head. ”It doesn’t matter.” He mumbled, furrowing his eyebrows as he waited for the screen to focus. ”Great, it’s really great.” He smiled, standing up from bowing down to make the same level as you, taking the pajamas away from you and placing them down in your already filled trolley, leaning his body against it so it could drive, having you beside him as he put the photo on his locking screen and afterwards posting it to Twitter. ”@Ashton5SOS: Do you think they fit them? #2MonthsLeft pic.twitter.com/5zfryk1CF8”

Start Today: The Get Up Kids

by Adrienne Fisher

Who are these guys? The Get Up Kids, originating from Lawrence, Kansas, are a band considered to have a seminal impact on the late 90’s/early 2000’s flavor of emo. Accomplishments and credentials include putting Vagrant Records on the map, touring with rock stalwarts like Green Day and Weezer, and writing some truly undeniable anthems that fall under most people’s perceptions of punk and/or emo, cementing their legacy in that genre. But (as we’ll get into below), they truly had a lot more to offer musically than just a backbone for the modern scene. Not to mention that some of the GUK members have got their hands in plenty of other projects: singer/guitarist Matt Pryor headed up The New Amsterdams as well as two solo LPs and a project writing childrens’ songs by the name of The Terrible Twos, while keyboardist James Dewees may be better recognized as the man behind the circus of Reggie & the Full Effect (or perhaps through his years spent as a touring member of both New Found Glory and My Chemical Romance).

The GUKs wrote and released four full length LPs as well as a litany of other songs on EPs and splits in their active years between 1995 and 2005. The band announced their official breakup with a national farewell tour in 2005, but reformed in 2009 to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Something to Write Home About. They’ve been around sparingly ever since, touring every few years and even releasing a new full length in 2011.

Where to start? The most notable and celebrated of all their records is 1999’s Something to Write Home About, their Vagrant Records debut and one that was instilled in “emo” (whatever the fuck that means) canon early on. It’s widely considered their best release and houses all of “the hits.” (The Wonder Years used to cover “Holiday,” the first song off STWHA, in case you need some contemporary context.) Nervously punky with aching melodies, the record’s an intersection of the angular and the accessible, with just the right dash of unabashed energy. It’s also the first full-length record on which James Dewees plays, and his contributions as the keyboardist truly helped nail down and round out the hunt to “find the band’s sound” on the album. Recommended starting tracks are “Red Letter Day” or “Close to Home” for those who prefer the upbeat and uplifting; “I’ll Catch You” and “Valentine” for those who are wooed by romantic overtures (AKA, the Dashboard Confessional fans).

As for the full timeline:

  • Four Minute Mile (1997): their very first full-length came out on Doghouse records and is a jittery collection of stumbling, wiry songs; this album will be up your alley if your preferences tend to flirt with antique production qualities and the innocence that comes from a young band writing with no one watching. Fun fact: the chorus of “No Love” was re-appropriated years later into the Early November song “Baby Blue”…illegally.
    The Essentials: “Don’t Hate Me,” “Shorty”
    Deeper Recommendations: “No Love,” “Stay Gold, Ponyboy”
  • Something to Write Home About (1999): As written above, this album (and mentioned songs) is without a doubt your starting point. But if you need another recommended track, I heard “Action & Action” for the first time when I was 13, got lyrics from it tattooed on me when I was 20, and threw myself into a sweaty crowd of aging Jersey punks when they played it at the Stone Pony two weeks ago.
  • On a Wire (2002): Every band with any sort of career longevity gets to a point (or more than one point) where they write “the weird record” that veers off the course to which their fans are accustomed. On a Wire is the first GUK iteration of That Record, but after time and the perspective that comes with age, it’s hard to imagine why. Although most of the aggression is left behind on the songwriting for OAW, it’s instead replaced with a graceful maturation into solid melodies and an almost alt-country hue – even though this is the record that they wrote to try and move away from the trope of “emo,” it is definitely the GUK record to be sad to.
    The Essentials: “Walking on a Wire,” “Campfire Kansas”
    Deeper Recommendations: “Stay Gone,” “Hannah Hold On”
  • Guilt Show (2004): The GUK returned to more upbeat songwriting tactics with the songs on Guilt Show, and to date that album is their most polished, cohesive, and accessible record. It doesn’t bear the same “cred” that the earlier work does, because of the silly ways that our scene chews up and spits out bands who have the audacity to greatly evolve their sound, but instead bears its maturity with grace, retrospection, and an excellent grasp on the balance of pop and rock. It’s a fucking shame it doesn’t carry more weight in the canon of this scene.
    The Essentials: “The One You Want,” “How Long Is Too Long”
    Deeper Recommendations: “Sympathy,” “Is There a Way Out”
  • The extras (Woodson & Red Letter Day, Eudora): The Get Up Kids’ Wikipedia page is a hodgepodge of 7“ releases and splits, which can make trying to corral everything they’ve ever released quite the effort. But don’t get bogged down! In short, there are two EPs that were condensed into an LP, as well as Eudora, the rarities collection, that contain a ton of key Get Up Kids songs and really excellent B-sides that are begged for (and sometimes received!) at live shows. Eudora is worth checking out on its own, especially for all of the unexpected covers on that collection (hope you kids have heard of David Bowie), but the necessary extras are as follows:
    Eudora: ”Forgive & Forget,“ ”Central Standard Time“
    Red Letter Day/Woodson EPs: ”Mass Pike,“ ”Anne Arbor"
  • There Are Rules (2011): Remember how I said earlier than a band goes through a few points in their career where they write a really off-the-beaten-path record? There Are Rules is the Get Up Kids completely shirking the expectations laid at their feet for a comeback record; instead, after returning from their 4-year hiatus, they wrote an LP that’s a conglomeration of indie-rock experimentation, at times channeling the style of the electronic 80s or paying homage to the lo-fi fuzz of Neutral Milk Hotel. Unlike the rest of their discography, the songs focus more on the style rather than the heart of the melodies, resulting in a layered record that’s not without its merits – but not a great entry point if you’re just getting into the GUK. Regardless…
    The Essentials: “Rememorable,” “Pararelevant”
    Deeper Recommendations: “When It Dies,” “Regent’s Court”

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1. Nicknames: Rai, Lion
2. Gender: Non-binary of some flavour
3. Star sign: Leo
4. Height: 5′4″
5. Time: 3.42 am. 
6. Birthday: soonish
7. Favorite bands: LOTS. I always go back to Hollywood Undead tbh, but listening to a lot of Blink 182 lately? Also love Cellar Darling, In This Moment, Linkin Park, old stuff from A Day To Remember, new stuff from Bring Me The Horizon.
8. Favorite Solo artist: Ruth B
9. Song stuck in my head: Wretches and Kings - Linkin Park (Q.Q)
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23. Instruments: I used to play trumpet, very long time ago
24. What am I wearing: jeans and a tank top
25. How many blankets I sleep with: Generally just one, depends on the temperature. Never none. My favourite kind is a heavy cotton blanket.
26. Dream job: Something in web design probably. I have trouble thinking of the future. 
27. Dream trip: My three dream destinations are Ireland, Japan, and South Africa - so any of those!
28. Favorite food: CHICKEN in all its glorious forms. Breaded and fried is best
29. Nationality: American
30. Favorite show right now: Just finished the anime I was watching (WHICH WAS REAL GOOD), so not sure, might be Boku No Hero Academia? Not very far in but it’s pretty dang good also. 

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