Relient K Biography
The Christian Pop-Punk outfit Relient K was formed in Canton, Ohio USA, in 1998; in the beginning, vocalist+guitarist & pianist Matt Thiessen, lead guitarist Matthew Hoopes, bassist Brian Pittman and drummer David Douglas, just wanted to play local shows but two years later the band was picked-up by Gotee Records.
In the spring of 2000, Relient K came out with their self-titled debut
LP and even though it earned the group a Billboard Video Music Award nomination,
it wasn't the album that moved the band from locally known to nationally
Their 2001 follow-up, "The Anatomy Of The Tongue In Cheek", was the group's breakthrough; the 17-track set hit #6 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart and also became their first Billboard Top 200 entry at #158.
Relient K resurfaced two years later with their third effort, "Two Lefts Don't Make A Right ...But Three Do", another solid outing which climbed into the top 40 of The Billboard 200 chart.
The Ohio foursome released "MMHMM" in November 2004, going straight to #1 on Top Christian Albums chart, the CD also crossed over to Billboard's Top 200 reaching #15 and spawned a couple of Hot 100 minor hits, "Be My Escape" and "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been". Despite all this, founding bassist Brian Pittman left the band, he was replaced by John Warne.
Relient K then expanded to a five-piece band with an extra guitarist, John Schneck,
which allows vocalist+songwriter Matt Thiessen a chance to play piano
from time to time.
In March 2007, Gotee Records/Capitol released "Five Score And Seven Years Ago", Relient K's fifth album in seven years. The exuberant "Must Have Done Something Right" was the first single off the CD.
"Forget And Not Slow Down" followed two years later.