Fresh off their latest co-headlining slot on the Vans Warped tour, Relient K announces the 25-date "Uncle Fest Tour," which will launch October 2nd in Madison, WI and conclude November 2nd in Chicago, IL. Relient K will headline with Ludo, This Providence and House of Heroes opening.
In between tours, the band is recording three new tracks - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Silver Bells" and "Oh Holy Night" - for the October 7th reissue of its 2007 Christmas collection, Let It Snow Baby...Let It Reindeer. (CDs will come with a card enabling fans to download the additional songs for free.)
"We took a quick breather after Warped Tour, and now we're headed back to Nashville to track a couple of Christmas songs and rehearse for the upcoming Uncle Fest Tour," says Matt Thiessen, Relient K's lead singer-guitarist-pianist, who was featured on the cover of Alternative Press' August issue. "We're excited to hit the road and get back to some of our favorite clubs and theaters."
After five full-length albums (including 2007's Five Score and Seven Years Ago, which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200), five EPs and 10 years as a band, Relient K took a look back and a look ahead with The Bird and the Bee Sides. Released in July 2008 and entering The Billboard 200 at No. 25, the 26-song collection included an assortment of b-sides, demos and rarities culled from the Relient K archives plus 13 brand new tracks.
Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
10/02 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
10/03 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
10/04 St. Paul, MN Myth
10/05 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Ballroom
10/07 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room @ Murat Center
10/09 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
10/10 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
10/11 Pontiac, MI Clutch Cargo's
10/12 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo
10/13 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
10/15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
10/16 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/17 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
10/18 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
10/21 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10/22 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
10/23 Norfolk, VA Norva Theatre
10/24 Charlotte, NC Amos' Southend
10/25 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues Myrtle Beach
10/27 Orlando, FL House of Blues Orlando
10/29 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
10/30 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/31 Cleveland, OH House of Blues Cleveland
11/01 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
11/02 Chicago, IL House of Blues
A higher quality 320kbs MP3 download of “Must Have Done Something Right” plus the bonus track will also be available for $ 1.25 via the band's website.
Five Score And Seven Years Ago releases March 6, 2007, on Gotee/Capitol, Relient K’s fifth album in seven years and the follow up to 2004’s mmhmm, the band’s third consecutive Gold album.
The album, most of which was produced by Howard Benson in Los Angeles with three tracks completed thereafter with the band’s longtime producer Mark Townsend in Nashville, is a departure of sorts for the pop-punk band. For starters, there are some love songs – happy ones. “I always write about what I’m going through and I can’t avoid the fact that I’m just really happy and there are some good things going on,” says lead singer/guitarist/pianist Matt Thiessen. This happy state of mind lights up the exuberant first single “Must Have Done Something Right.” "This song represents something that I've wanted to create for a long time,” he explains. “It’s not a political commentary or a tear jerking emotion-piece, it’s just a feel good, fun song. Written at 3 a.m. with a smirk on my face, the song turned out to be something that you can tap your foot and smile to.”
"Five Score and Seven Years Ago" will have 14 tracks, as listed below:
1. Plead the Fifth
2. Come Right Out and Say It
3. I Need You
4. The Best Thing
6. Must Have Done Something Right
8. Devastation And Reform
9. I’m Taking You With Me
10. Faking My Own Suicide
11. Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care
12. Bite My Tongue
13. Up And Up
The album, most of which was produced by Howard Benson in Los Angeles with three tracks completed thereafter with the band’s longtime producer Mark Townsend in Nashville, is a departure of sorts for the pop-punk band. For starters, there are some love songs – happy ones. “I always write about what I’m going through and I can’t avoid the fact that I’m just really happy and there are some good things going on,” says lead singer/guitarist/pianist Matt Thiessen.
This happy state of mind lights up the exuberant first single “Must Have Done Something Right.” "This song represents something that I've wanted to create for a long time,” he explains. “It’s not a political commentary or a tear jerking emotion-piece, it’s just a feel good, fun song. Written at 3 a.m. with a smirk on my face, the song turned out to be something that you can tap your foot and smile to.”
Although Five Score And Seven Years Ago’s 14 songs are written in the first person, Thiessen has ventured beyond the confessional this time around. “Plead the Fifth” and “Deathbed,” the two songs that bookend the album, step into the shoes of a 19th century man with an intriguing conspiracy theory about Abraham Lincoln and an aging cancer patient respectively.
But while Five Score And Seven Years Ago isn’t packed with the band’s characteristic puns, Relient K has clearly not lost its quirky sense of humor. In “Faking My Own Suicide,” the narrator takes a cue from the classic cult comedy Harold and Maude, hatching a faux suicide plot to get the object of his affection to realize that she really does love him. “Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care,” which takes longer to say than to play, is a classic Relient K goofball aside. And while the 11-minute, 115-track “Deathbed,” which features Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman as a guest vocalist, has a somber setting as its title implies, the masterfully woven tale of a man’s life and last moments brims with keen observations and aural ironies.
Five Score And Seven Years Ago marks Relient K’s first full-length album featuring bassist John Warne and Jon Schneck, who plays guitar, banjo, and bells – although the two appeared on the band’s Apathetic EP, released in late 2005. With lead guitarist Matt Hoopes and drummer Dave Douglas completing the lineup, Relient K is now a quintet with each of the members contributing vocals. But the biggest change was in the control booth, working with Howard Benson. “I was honestly pretty nervous,” confesses lead guitarist Matt Hoopes, “We’d never really worked with any other producer beside Mark Townsend – he did everything from our first demo, all the way up to the last album. But it was a good experience working with Howard.”
All kidding aside, Five Score And Seven Years Ago is an ambitious follow-up to mmhmm, Relient K’s first joint Gotee Records/Capitol release, which debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the internet chart in 2004.
Come out to the show and hear all your favorite Relient K songs as well as new songs from their upcoming record.
And if you're looking for an alternate reason to celebrate on October 31st, you'll want to revisit two classic Relient K CDs that will be released on 10.31.06 - The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek (Gold Edition) and Two Lefts Don't Make a Right ...But Three Do (Gold Edition). These recordings have been remixed and remastered and will feature a gold-embossed outer cover. Anatomy includes "Sadie Hawkins Dance," always a highlight of the Relient K live show and Two Lefts includes another live favorite, "Chapstick, Chapped Lips, & Things Like Chemistry," as well as the radio hit "Getting Into You."
“We’re kind of like Laffy Taffy,” says Relient K lead vocalist/guitarist Matt Thiessen when asked to describe the as-yet untitled album, due out this coming November. “It’s the same flavor but we try to stretch it a little bit. It’s still melodic, it’s still rock ’n’ roll, still a lot of dynamics – there’re times when it’s heavy, there’re times when it’s real chilled with piano and what-not. But at the same time, we’re trying to write a bit differently, lyrically.”
There are numerous other differences between the upcoming album and Relient K’s four previous records. “We wanted to work with Howard,” explains Thiessen, “Howard’s done a lot of records that I listen to.” It also marks their first full-length album featuring bassist John Warne and Jon Schneck, who plays guitar, banjo and bells – although the two appeared on the band’s Apathetic EP, released in late 2005. With original guitarist Matt Hoopes and drummer Dave Douglas completing the lineup, Relient K is now a quintet with each of the members contributing vocals – so expect even more of the band’s trademark harmonies this go-round. This is also the first album they’ve recorded with the luxury of a pre-production period, and with the band now living “all over the place,” as Hoopes describes, pre-production time was a necessary luxury.
“Matt and Dave still live in Ohio. Me and Jon Schneck live in Nashville, about three blocks away from each other,” says Hoopes. “And John Warne, our bass player, lives in Denver, so it’s a little crazy.”
mmhmm, Relient K’s first joint Gotee Records/Capitol release, debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the internet chart. It has subsequently been certified Gold as have the band’s previous two albums, 2003’s Grammy-nominated Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right…But Three Do and 2001’s The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek. mmhmm met with widespread critical acclaim and its two hit singles – “Be My Escape” and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been” – both reached the upper half of the Top 40. The past two years have been a blur of activity with Relient K touring non-stop – highlights have included an arena/amphitheatre tour with Good Charlotte and Simple Plan, a co-headlining tour with MXPX and a main stage slot on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour – and a string of television appearances, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as well as MTV’s “TRL,” “Hard Rock Live” and “Summer on the Strip from Las Vegas.”
Fans will get a sneak preview of Relient K’s new material when the band returns to the road with the Nintendo Fusion tour in September. “We’ll probably play two to three new songs, so people can get an idea of what the record sounds like,” promises Thiessen. “It’ll be a cool tour.”
The announcement comes as "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been," the latest single from the band's
widely celebrated Mmhmm album, continues to win listeners at Top 40 Mainstream outlets across
the country while quickly making a name for itself in the Billboard "Hot 100."
The "Matt Hoopes Birthday Tour" itinerary, which also follows the recent release of Relient K's
"Apathetic EP" (featuring four new songs), finds the band coming off what had been the most
exciting and successful year of their career. In many ways, it was the band's irrepressible
commitment to non-stop road work in 2005 that helped propel both 2004's Mmhmm and 2003's
Two Lefts Don't Make a Right ... But Three Do to RIAA gold album status.
Last year alone saw Relient K embark on an arena/amphitheater tour alongside Good Charlotte
and Simple Plan; a co-headlining tour with MXPX; and a main stage slot on the celebrated Vans
Warped Tour. Other 2005 highlights included appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,
and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, during which they performed the hit "Mmhmm" single, "Be My Escape,"
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