Pop-punk band Relient K
is back with their fifth album in seven years cleverly titled, Five Score and Seven Years Ago
, in stores March 6. Their highly anticipated new music video "Must Have Done Something Right" premiered yesterday on Yahoo! "This song represents something that I've wanted to create for a long time," explains lead singer Matt Thiessen. "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."
The Ohio natives say the new album is their happiest record to date, combining up-beat catchy love songs and their quirky sense of humor. The album concludes with an eleven minute epic "Deathbed," which includes Switchfoot
's Jon Foreman on guest vocals, about an aging cancer patient's last moments. Relient K recorded most of the album in Los Angeles with producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance
, the All-American Rejects
). "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."
Relient K includes lead vocals/guitars/piano Matt Thiessen, guitars/vocals Matt Hoopes, guitars/banjo/bells/vocals Jon Schneck, bass/vocals John Warne, drums/vocals Dave Douglas; they were formed back in 1998 out of Canton, Ohio and named after guitarist Matt Hoopes' Plymouth Reliant K car. 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. 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
. Propelled by the success of "MMHMM" and its two Top 20 singles ("Be My Escape" and "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been"), the band has toured incessantly, hitting the road with bands like Good Charlotte
, Simple Plan
and landing a main stage slot on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour, and logging a slew 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."
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