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New Christmas Songs Bring Relient K Back To Road

Of the Oakland Press

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After headlining the Vans Warped Tour this year you’d think Nashville-based modern rockers Relient K might want to put themselves in park mode for awhile.

Instead the quintet is back on the road with its own headlining show.

“We did get a couple weeks off,” reports frontman Matt Thiessen. “We only had a few spot dates here and there between Warped Tour and this stuff. So supposedly, we got time off.

“But we did end up recording a bunch of Christmas songs and doing other things in that time off as well. So, yeah, we’re kind of looking forward to getting off the road a little bit in the wintertime, when January rolls around. But for right now, it’s fun.”

Relient K recorded three new holiday songs that Thiessen said will be added to 2007’s “Let it Snow, Baby ... Let it Reindeer,” which in turn added six new songs to the 2003 release “Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand.” It’s part of a process that Thiessen describes as “having a Christmas catalog ... that snowballs a little bit each year,” though he adds the new songs will be available individually via iTunes as well as part of the entire package. Relient K also is putting together an animated video for its version of “Sleigh Ride” that depicts the band members as rabbits who steal Santa Claus’ sleigh.

“It’s a little way of directing attention to the fact we do have a Christmas album with almost 20 songs on it at this point,” Thiessen, 28, explains. “It’s just kind of fun to get everybody in the mood for the holidays.”

Between that and a “double EP,” “The Nashville Tennis EP”/“The Bird and the Bee Sides” that came out in July, it’s been a productive “off” year for Relient K, which plans to start working on its follow-up to 2007’s “Five Score and Seven Years” ago in early 2009. Not every band, after all, can produce exponentially more material than it would for a “real” album.

“I think that’s just part of who we are,” says Thiessen. “When you have the luxury of not having to sit down and write and put out a new record in a year, you can still sit back and get a little creative. Our band does really well being in the studio and coming up with new stuff. In the off years we’ll usually try and do something new. I don’t think that’ll change.”

Relient K, Ludo, This Providence and House of Heroes perform at 5 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 4) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $17 in advance, $18 day of show. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos. com.

Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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