Having achieved worldwide fame with the release of 2005’s A Beautiful Lie, Thirty Seconds To Mars are a band that constantly show a dramatic evolution sonically. They aren’t afraid of branching out into the unknown. As they began to push existing boundaries and genre definitions by exploring more eclectic influences, come 2014, the band had sold over 15 million albums worldwide, consistently sold-out tours, and became noted for their energetic live performances, something which remains to this day. Following a five-year break, 2023 sees the duo make their long-awaited comeback with “Stuck,” released May 8, and now they are sharing “Get Up Kid” with the world.
The dreamy, motivational track, which is taken from their upcoming sixth album It’s The End Of The World But It’s A Beautiful Day, soars across emotive vocals whilst sharing a message of determination as it encourages listeners to stay resilient through tough times. Using basic piano chords to capture the vulnerability and message of the song, Leto’s intimate intonation reflects the emotionally charged lyrics, especially in the chorus, as he exclaims: “And baby, it’s bittersweet to love someone but to watch them leave / You took the wind out of me and knocked me off my feet / Get up kid, don’t give in, waiting your whole life for this / Get up kid, swear that I missed but life’s around the bend / When the lights are on but your heart ain’t on / Get up kid, get up kid.”
Marking their first full-length project in five years, following on from 2018’s AMERICA, Leto teased the release online, revealing that the vulnerable track is about life’s hardships whilst expressing how thankful he is for the support from his sibling. “It’s got me thinking about things,” Leto begins in an Instagram post. “Sometimes life is easy. Sometimes it’s not,” he continues. “But I’m lucky because I have my brother to share this journey with,” he adds underneath the image shared of the duo as children. “No matter how hard life might seem at times, we always have each other to turn to. [I’m] feeling grateful for that. And for all of you.”
Since the duo’s last album, Leto has continued his prolific acting career and made headlines time and time again for his eccentric outfits, especially at this year’s Met Gala as he took to the iconic steps as Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved cat Choupette; as the release of It’s The End Of The World But It’s A Beautiful Day nears, we can only imagine the strange, yet wonderful, headlines will continue, leading all eyes to be on Thirty Seconds To Mars come September 15.