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Relient K

Relient K: ApatheticApathetic (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


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Relient K has gone a long way in the last year or two in improving their sound. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the band, Relient K is a pop-punk band with lyrics that cover subjects ranging from contemporary issues to relationships to their faith, with the more controversial being the latt.
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Relient K has gone a long way in the last year or two in improving their sound. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the band, Relient K is a pop-punk band with lyrics that cover subjects ranging from contemporary issues to relationships to their faith, with the more controversial being the latter.

Over the years, this band has matured an incredible amount from their annoying and overly preachy debut album in 2000 to their fourth full-length, Mmhmm, which was released in 2004. Few bands have worked as hard as Relient K; they release a full-length album nearly every year and even a few EPs in between, all the while touring small venues around the country to slowly build their fanbase. They have improved with every single album, and despite releasing so much material in a short amount of time, they have avoided the filler that we find from so many bands in that genre.

Now to their latest EP, which was released in December 2005. It follows the heels of their highly successful album, Mmhmm, and does a fine job living up to the standard set by that record.

The EP starts out with "The Truth," a song that has a Bad Religion feel in the beginning, which leads into a melodic verse and chorus beautifully sung by Matthew Thiessen, a vocalist who easily has one of the best voices in pop-punk today. The song's lyrics are well-written and thought-provoking, with the theme being "Sometimes the hardest thing to believe is the truth."

The EP continues with the insanely catchy B-side from Mmhmm titled "Apathetic Way to Be," in which Relient K makes usage of the pun "Being apathetic's a pathetic way to be...but I don't care, what matters to you does not matter to me." Relient K has historically used puns throughout their music, and once again, this song's lyrics make it especially interesting.

Next up are three acoustic versions of previous Relient K songs, two of which appeared on their latest album, and the other one which appeared on their release Two Lefts Don't Make a Right...But Three Do. This is the low point of the EP, and it was a mistake for Relient K to do this, because the first two songs were so full and strong, and then the three acoustic songs let you down in some respects.

Nonetheless, they finish the EP off strong with two amazing tracks, "In Like a Lion" and "The Thief." These songs are not the traditional sounding Relient K pop-punk sound; they are both piano ballads that showcase Thiessen's vocal ability quite well. "In Like a Lion" is one of the best songs they have ever released...and yes, the band has said that the song was inspired by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. While there is no hint of punk or pop-punk for that matter in these last two songs, they are very enjoyable and is Relient K at their greatest. My hope is that their next album will have more songs such as these two.

Many of you will immediately dismiss this band for one of two reasons: Either because they are "pop-punk" or because they are a Christian band. If it is because of the genre of music that they play, then fair enough. But if it is because they are a Christian band, you should reconsider. I myself am not a Christian, and Relient K's last two full-length albums and this EP do not bother me at all lyrically. These albums are not "preachy" in the slightest way, and I do not feel like they are trying to force anything down my throat.

What I like the most about this band is that they are honest musicians with some of the most honest lyrics you will ever hear. They love the style of music they play with all their heart and could not care less if they "make it" on MTV or not, unlike many other bands in this genre.

So if you have not already, give this band a shot and maybe you'll find the same to be true.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 27, 2006)

do u cut or sumthin/ ur messed up sicko

mattsgeek (May 27, 2006)

i'm emo

Anonymous (May 27, 2006)

i'm punk. And i have screwed myself

mattsgeek (May 27, 2006)

...so? u r 2
... f-ing prep
...u hav 2 go screw urself!

Anonymous (May 27, 2006)

right... cute. i hate rk they are beyond poser

mattsgeek (May 27, 2006)

w/e... so are your 'punk'tuation buttons not working?

mattsgeek (May 27, 2006)

cool its not deserted i am not prep i can't stand them

Anonymous (May 27, 2006)

i haff to say yes

mattsgeek (May 27, 2006)

f*ck you guys think i'm an anoying prep loser

mattsgeek (May 27, 2006)

i sense that everyone here hates me...okay...these chatrooms are deserted

mattsgeek (March 12, 2006)

Relient K - Mmhmm
Posted by mattsgeek on 2006-02-18 17:41:40

u know wut's funny? no one's here so i am talking to myself: cool!

Relient K - Mmhmm
Posted by mattsgeek on 2006-02-18 17:40:09

just so you know, this is cc now, and from now on i will not be anonymous. i am matt's geek. i just set this up now with a fake e-mail: krelient@rk.com , and it let me get away with it!
~cc (matt's geek)

Relient K - Mmhmm
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-18 17:27:26

cc wrote that last one, too.

Relient K - Mmhmm
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-18 17:27:00

(cc=caitlin childs) just so you all know what a true rk nerd really is... not one that is like oh... you are so sexy... rk oh so dreamy... rk nerds are tttrue geeks that are obsessed with rk in a geeky way.. we are the real fans. if you are a rk nerd, that is not obseessed with how hot matt is, type this: i see matt for who he is... not for the person that put matt hoopes head through the wall.

Relient K - Mmhmm
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-18 17:21:26

~cc wrote that last letter... the same person who wrote the one before it. yes, i love them again :-)

Relient K - Mmhmm
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-18 17:20:22
My Score:

okay fine... this cd is f-ing awesome. but i wish that i was their only fan. a true blue 100% rk nerd geek. a true #1 because i am the most obsessed fan on the frigging universe! listen to each of their cds one a day (only the 4 main ones) and on weekends? twice each. i swear to f-ing god.i memorized all 5 parts of each song soo they are branded into my brain. u have no clue how obsessed i am. i owe my life to them... i swear. until i heard of them... i was ready to commit suicide. the changed changed my liufe. i swear. i o my life to rk. no one will ever know how much i thank them for what they did cuz they are so cool and they said all that matters too them is that they affect someone's life in some way and i am that person. thank you so much matt... i love you. :'-)

Relient K - Mmhmm
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-18 17:09:25
My Score:

i used to be the most f*c*ed up relient k fan on earth. i was way too obsessed w/ them. now, i hate them(as of 5 minutes ago) because they are now popular and becoming major kiss-asses. HANDLE THE TRUTH! they are hypnotizing you. rk smells like my brother after track practice...The STINK!
~cc
5 min ago i was so their no. 1 fan. i swear to god. now i really dislike them. a lot. but it's not their fault. I'm just upset that people are looking at them from the wrong view and now they are getting so bigheaded that i can't see beyond canton

Anonymous (March 2, 2006)

Relient K. is a bunch of sell-outs...

Anonymous (February 28, 2006)

This album brings back memories of there older albums (anatomy of the tounge and cheek and Two lefts don't make a right...but 3 do)I love relient k because they are a christian influenced band!

kenjamin (February 23, 2006)

How did you come to the conclusion that it was more progressive? P.S. I'm not an athiest.

Scruffy (February 23, 2006)

"If you're rebelling against Christianity, you obviously aren't a Christian. If you're rebelling against punk, you obviously aren't punk."

Also, etymologically speaking, to be a Christian means you are a follower of Christ. Christianity is the name for the religion. There are plenty of Christians who can't stand organized religion. Like me, for the most part.

Also, are we actually arguing about this like "what punk is" matters? Do I care if I'm punk? I'll be "punk" if it coincides with who I am, but I'm not going to change who I am to try to be "punk".

I'll give it to these guys, that single they had out was nifty. When most pop-punk bands are going over the top, they used a good deal of subtlety that made the song stand out.

fistchode (February 23, 2006)

man my grammar sucks.. oh well..

fistchode (February 23, 2006)

liberation theology Latin America and Africa is more progressive than most "rebellious" political movements in the first world

over average, atheists know less about the origins of their beliefs than most christians I'd say.

kenjamin (February 22, 2006)

I equate punk with being progressive. Christianity is never progressive.

CallingLondon (February 22, 2006)

well, i really do like their manic monday cover on punk goes 80s. that's something.

SlackMFr (February 22, 2006)

Take the "a" out of the album title and you have everything you need to know about this band and all its material.

Anonymous (February 22, 2006)

Not punk.

LosPeptobismol (February 21, 2006)

There's a difference between rebelling against something and trying to redefine it. Just so you know.

vocalyouth (February 21, 2006)

this band is probably the best in the genre right now. seriously. this ep isn't too hot, though.

and yeah, they used to be a really hokey band. really bad. but the last 2 full lengths have been very good.

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

Protestants are like posercore Catholics.

-Will

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

"If you're rebelling against Christianity, you obviously aren't a Christian. If you're rebelling against punk, you obviously aren't punk."

By that logic, Ian MacKaye, among many people in the punk scene, is obviously not a punk.

Rebelling against punk is the most punk thing you can do, however ?? the essence of punk is rebellion. Thus anything within punk that is more "status quo" than rebellion is arguably not punk at all.

Also: if rebelling agaisnt Christianity makes you not a Christian, what does that make anyone of a denomination that isn't Catholicisim? The history of Christianity is rife with rebellions, schisms, factions and what have you. Just so you know.

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

Im a young person who ahs thw world figured out LOLZ FUCK RELIGON ANTI FLAGZ

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

sadie hawkins dance has controversial lyrics

LosPeptobismol (February 21, 2006)

>>>if anti-christianity is the cliche, then being christian would be the rebellion.

If you're rebelling against Christianity, you obviously aren't a Christian. If you're rebelling against punk, you obviously aren't punk.

P.S.- I'm not making a value judgment here on whether it's good to be Christian and/or punk, I'm just answering rkl's logic. So don't try and come at me with the "oi! oi! yuo are so punx" shit. Crumbs.

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

dont people get it? christianity aint true. it is made up. what an unbelievable story, and yet people believe it. christians probably laugh at scientologists saying 'wow thats an unbelievable story'. sheez.

the_other_scott (February 21, 2006)

hey RKL i used to make that same argument for MxPx back in the day. i was never a fan (or that much of a christian) but i always thought that the most punk thing about them was the fact that they believed in what they belived in despite the rules that the rest of the scene had provided for them.

rkl (February 21, 2006)

Oh, and about the whole Christian thing: while being anti-religion has become a HUGE cliche in punk rock, it makes sense. Everyone has their own definition of what makes "punk rock", but most people would agree it has something to do with rebellion. What does listening to every fucking thing that your parents, your pastor, and your teachers have told you have to do with rebellion?
seems like youve answered your own question, but are just too dumb to figure it out.
if anti-christianity is the cliche, then being christian would be the rebellion.

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

I like the fact that they are Christian, however the music is not the best. I have tried to get into it, and haven't been able to yet.

feeeding5000 (February 21, 2006)

This band, and, for that matter, the entire concept of "pop-punk" is what's being shoved down your throat. By applying sweet voices, cutesy lyrics, pop hooks, and arena-rock production, "the mainstream" is making what was once a real alternative music into "alternative music."
Oh, and about the whole Christian thing: while being anti-religion has become a HUGE cliche in punk rock, it makes sense. Everyone has their own definition of what makes "punk rock", but most people would agree it has something to do with rebellion. What does listening to every fucking thing that your parents, your pastor, and your teachers have told you have to do with rebellion?

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

Yay Jesus. Fuck this band.

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

definately one of the best pop punk bands out right now.

that said, this ep is not the place to start listening. go back to mmhmm, or 2 lefts.

the last two songs on this are the best.

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

these guys are pretty damn pussy and lame, but i really liked that 'who i am hates who i've been' song. and their live show is spot on, very good live.

paul

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

too lethargic to be apathetic

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

this band has come to be one of the best of their genre, hands down.

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

Theists are dumb.

There I said it.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (February 21, 2006)

... Sadie hawkins dance... In my khahki pants... There's nothing beter.... Ouuh ouuh oouuh

youwinalemon (February 21, 2006)

This band really has grown a lot since their early stuff.

Hence, they get a two, instead of a one.

I'm not against them because they're Christian or because they're pop-punk. However, I am against them because they're absolutely terrible.

TheOneTrueBill (February 21, 2006)

My roommate listens to this shit. I don't like him and I don't like Reliant K

swingline (February 21, 2006)

i like the story chinatown use to post more.

colin (February 21, 2006)

uhhh someobdy delete the first comment? shit's like 8 pages long.

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