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Relient K

Mostly Credited As: Relient K
Date Of Birth: 1997
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Canton, Ohio

Relient K

Christian rock band Relient K formed in 1997, in Canton, Ohio. Since the band formed, they have come out with catchy beats and lighthearted lyrics, but they have also been in an upward progression.

Relient K’s 1998 demo, All Work and No Play caught the attention of the member of a fellow Christian band called dc Talk. Toby McKeehan signed the band to Gotee Records, after which they released their first EP, 2000 A. D. D. in 2000. In the same year, they released their self-titled debut album, which featured a Christian rock sound.

The next year, their sophomore album The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek hit record stores. Like their previous album, this one also featured several cultural references, but many songs were softer and lighter than on the previous album.

While the cultural references in their third album Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right… But Three Do dissipated, the sounds only became more strong. Keeping some songs slow as the previous album, some fast-paced, lyrically deep songs were thrown into the fray. A bonus Christmas disc was available with the CD in November and December of 2003, entitled Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand.

The band’s fourth album, Mmhmm, had very few, if any, cultural references, and the songs were much more serious than previous records. Due to the success of Mmhmm, which was certified gold in July of 2005, the other albums the band released started to sell many more copies. 2004 also marked the release of Relient K’s book, entitled The Complex Infrastructure Known as the Female Mind, in which the band gives advice on the opposite sex through experiences and Biblical advice, all shown in a lighthearted manner much in the same way of their music.

November 2005 marked the release of their EP, Apathetic EP, on Capital Records. It featured six songs: three acoustic versions of previous works, and three originals.

Lead singer Matt Thiessen reports that a new full-length album is being recorded and may be released in the fall of 2006.

  • Matt Thiessen - vocals, piano, guitar
  • Matt Hoopes - backing vocals, guitar
  • David Douglas - backing vocals, drums
  • John Warne - backing vocals, bass guitar
  • Jonathan Schneck - backing vocals, guitar, bells, banjo

Former Members
  • Todd Frescone - drums [1997-1998]
  • Stephen Cushman - backing vocals, drums [1998-1999]
  • Brian Pittman - bass guitar [1998-2004]

  • Relient K [2000]
  • The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek [2001]
  • Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right… But Three Do [2003]
  • Deck the Halls, Bruise your Hand [2003]
  • Mmhmm [2004]

  • 2000 A. D. D. [2000]
  • The Creepy EP [2001]
  • Employee of the Month EP [2002]
  • The Vinyl Countdown [2003]
  • Apathetic EP [2005]

  • All Work and No Play {demo} [1998]

  • The Complex Infrastructure Known as the Female Mind [2004]

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Jim Carrey, Rosario Dawson, Relient K 17x59: (Dec/16/2008) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]
  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Relient K 15x133: (Apr/12/2007) As Themselves 
  Tom Arnold, D. J. Qualls, Relient K 13x184: (Jul/11/2005) As Themselves 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Ted Koppel, Tom Cavanagh, Relient K 14x102: (Mar/02/2007) As Themselves 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Kathy Griffin, Dr. Drew Pinsky, & Reliant K 03x109: (Aug/23/2005) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]
Featured Songs

Royal Pains Songs:
In Vino Veritas + Forget And Not Slow Down 
Ghost Whisperer Songs:
Holiday Spirit + Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
+ Sleigh Ride 
What About Brian Songs:
What About Strange Bedfellows... + Let It All Out 
Smallville Songs:
Nicodemus + Sadie Hawkins Dance 
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The band had a hidden track on one of their albums, telling their fans to bring Combos and Skittles to their live performances.

At the band's live performances, there used to be a floating buffalo, most likely made of hard plastic, that would crowdsurf during shows. Due to security regulations, it no longer appears at their shows.

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