Relient K is asking fans to Forget And Not Slow Down on Oct. 6 as they launch the first release since taking helm on the newly revived record label, Mono Vs. Stereo, in conjunction with JIVE Records.
â€œThe songs that tend to be the fan favorites in the past are the ones about making mistakes but ultimately moving past them,â€ says guitarist Matt Hoopes. â€œAnd this record has a lot of that feeling. No matter what trials and tribulations you encounter in your life, it doesnâ€™t have to be the end of your story. You can move on and be happy and experience joy.â€
On this latest release, the band teamed up with longtime producer Mark Townsend and enlisted legendary mixer Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Sheryl Crow), as they carried the â€˜break-up albumâ€™ into the 21st century, tweaking it with clear-eyed songwriting and a four-to-the-floor optimism that is positively refreshing.
To prep for Forget And Not Slow Down, Thiessen retreated to a remote house in Winchester, Tenn. in isolation for several months writing material for the new record. During his sojourn, Thiessen stayed in constant contact with Hoopes and the rest of the band â€“ drummer Ethan Luck, bassist John Warne and guitarist Jon Schneck – sharing song ideas and mapping out a direction for the album.
For Thiessen, the solitary creative process was a lot like prayer. â€œSongwriting and praying are kind of synonymous for me,â€ he says. â€œYouâ€™re using your heart, youâ€™re using your brain, youâ€™re collecting your thoughts, inner emotions, and putting them all together, and youâ€™re saying, â€˜Where does this all fit into my life?â€™â€
Always known as a fan favorite, Relient K gave fans the opportunity to tune in to the making Forget And Not Slow Down by airing â€œIn The Studioâ€ webisodes on their website. To view these episodes, including a special appearance from Vince Gill, visit www.relientK.com
Relient K will also embark on â€œA Three Hour Tourâ€ with Copeland and Barcelona this fall. The shows are scheduled to kick off in Conn. on Oct. 1, tour dates listed below.
Relient K has been making the real thing since 1997, when Thiessen and Hoopes formed the band in high school. In the decade since, theyâ€™ve released five full-length albums (three are certified Gold), five EPs and a Christmas record. They have toured the globe, and racked up several hit singles, a Grammy nomination two Dove Awards and performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan Oâ€™ Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Los Angeles Times has praised Relient K for â€œits smart blend of punk pop and power pop, weaving together influences as diverse as the Beach Boys, Blink-182 and Fountains of Wayneâ€ while Spin noted, â€œFew bands play punk-influenced modern rock as proficiently.â€