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Bassist Enjoying New Life With Punk Band

Of the Oakland Press

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New Relient K bassist John Warne found himself at a crossroads a couple of years ago.

His band, Ace Troubleshooter, had broken up, and he was contemplating whether he wanted to remain in music. The alternative? Going back to school at the University of Minnesota, where he had been studying mechanical engineering.

But after filling in for Relient K, which had done a couple tours with Ace Troubleshooter, Warne decided to keep his road bags packed and become a permanent member of the band for its just-released fifth album, “Five Score and Seven Years Ago.”

“I liked (music) way too much,” says Warne, who at 27 is Relient K’s oldest member. “Just being around my buddies and being able to keep doing what I was doing — but on a more reliable scale than I was used to — was too good to pass up.”

Warne certainly joined a winning team. The Canton, Ohio, quintet’s last three albums have gone gold, and Relient K has made its mark both on its own and as part of the Warped Tour. “Five Score ...” marks the group’s most ambitious album to date, building on the sound of 2004’s “mmhmm” with accessible, radio-ready fare such as the fi rst single, “Must Have Done Something Right,” as well as such experiments as “Deathbed,” the album’s sweeping, 11-minute closing track.

“I love it. It seems like a breath of fresh air,” Warne says. “In the circles we move in, some of the bands and the genre can be a little depressing and kind of angsty. What I love about this band is it doesn’t dwell on that. We deal with plenty of issues, which is all well and good, but we just really like to keep it upbeat and positive and fun.

“You can’t just moan about things all the time, y’know?”

Relient K, Mae. and Sherwood perform at 7:30 Friday (March 16th) at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $18. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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