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John Warne of Relient K

April 25, 2007 by  
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Relient K’s latest album Five Score And Seven Years Ago marked a new era for them.  It was their first album recorded as an official quintet (Matthew Thiessen on lead vocals, guitar and piano, Matthew Hoopes on guitar and vox, John Warne on bass and vox, Jonathan Schneck on guitar, vox, banjo and various bells and whistles, and David Douglas on drums and vox) and it also marked their first album away from producer Mark Townsend.  The band worked with famed producer Howard Benson for the first time on this release, Benson best known for his work with My Chemical Romance and The All-American Rejects.

The result would be an album that takes on the world with it’s amazing harmonies, their signature clever lyrics, and a vast array of songs that take you on a whirlwind of emotions.  The band incorporated a lot of new instruments and ideas into this album and the result is nothing less than amazing from the a capella induced craziness of the opening track Plead The Fifth to the haunting eleven minute epic ending titled Deathbed that was enough to leave even the strongest of men in a wake of tears.  I think Matt described it best when he compared the new album to Laffy Taffy: “”It’s the same flavor but we try to stretch it a little bit. It’s still melodic, it’s still rock ‘n’ roll, there are still a lot of dynamics. But at the same time, we’re trying to write a bit differently, lyrically.” How can you beat Laffy Taffy!

Relient K is currently out on tour in support of their new album with Mae and Sherwood.  Look for them to hit Europe soon!

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | April 2007
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