After four years since their last full-length studio album, GRAMMY®-nominated Relient K returns with their seventh LP project, Collapsible Lung, on July 2 (Mono Vs. Stereo). Fans can pre-order the album now at iTunes for $7.99 and get an exclusive track, “That’s My Jam,” that’s cleverly written with 90s band titles and names and features Owl City. Click here to pre-order Collapsible Lung. This album will be a digital only release with physical and special edition vinyl copies available at Relient K shows this summer.
Relient K is a band that writes from personal experiences and this has paid off with over two million records sold, three RIAA Gold-certified albums and a highly dedicated fanbase. As a prolific songwriter, Relient K’s frontman, Matt Thiessen, has paved a road with pop hits over the last four years including co-writing Owl City’s 2012 summer hit “Good Time,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Long Shot” and the award-winning “When Can I See You Again” from the animated film Wreck-It Ralph.
Like previous efforts, Collapsible Lung also stems from the band’s personal experiences; however, this time around they chose to mix-it up and co-write for the first time ever on a Relient K album. Co-writers include Fernando Garibay (Lady Gaga), Ari Levine (Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars), Evan Bogart (Beyonce, Rihanna) and Tim Pagnotta (lead singer/writer for Sugarcult). Keeping up with the fresh approach, the band turned to producers Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Lovedrug, Seabird) and Aaron Sprinkle (OneRepublic, Anberlin, The Almost).
“This time around, we wanted to have a collection of songs that surprised even us,” states frontman Matt Thiessen. “To do that, we teamed up with several other writers in LA, Nashville, and New York City. This ensured that the new LP would be unpredictable. Each song includes a different combination of authors, yet there is an underlying thread that ties the tunes together thematically. We took an experimental approach creating the album, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”
This summer Relient K will be playing the new songs on tour with The Almost and The Rocketboys as well as on select Vans Warped Tour dates. Dates listed below.
Relient K has been making the real thing since 1997, when Matt Thiessen and Matt Hoopes formed the band in high school. In the 15+ years since, they’ve released six 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 O’ Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Los Angeles Times has praised Relient K for “its smart blend of punk pop and power pop, weaving together influences as diverse as the Beach Boys, Blink-182 and Fountains of Wayne” while Spin noted, “Few bands play punk-influenced modern rock as proficiently.” This is Relient K’s second studio release on Mono Vs. Stereo, a partnership between Relient K and Gotee Records.
RELIENT K JULY TOUR DATES
02 Nashville, TN Rocketown
03 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center *WARPED Tour
05 Louisville, KY Headliners
06 Memphis, TN New Daisy
07 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
08 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
09 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
11 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
12 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
13 Providence, RI The Met
14 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre *WARPED Tour
15 Philadelphia, PA TLA
17 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
18 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center *WARPED Tour
20 Springfield, MO Gilloz Theatre
22 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
23 St Louis, MO Verizon Wireless
24 Omaha, NE Slowdown *WARPED Tour
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