Relient K to release Let It Snow Baby Let It Reindeer
Fresh off their latest co-headlining slot on the Vans Warped tour, Relient K announces the 25-date "Uncle Fest Tour," which will launch October 2nd in Madison, WI and conclude November 2nd in Chicago, IL. Relient K will headline with Ludo, This Providence and House of Heroes opening.
In between tours, the band is recording three new tracks - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Silver Bells" and "Oh Holy Night" - for the October 7th reissue of its 2007 Christmas collection, Let It Snow Baby...Let It Reindeer. (CDs will come with a card enabling fans to download the additional songs for free.)
Artist: Relient K
Title: Let It Snow Baby Let It Reindeer
Release date: 10/7/08
Buy at: Amazon
"We took a quick breather after Warped Tour, and now we're headed back to Nashville to track a couple of Christmas songs and rehearse for the upcoming Uncle Fest Tour," says Matt Thiessen, Relient K's lead singer-guitarist-pianist, who was featured on the cover of Alternative Press' August issue. "We're excited to hit the road and get back to some of our favorite clubs and theaters."
After five full-length albums (including 2007's Five Score and Seven Years Ago, which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200), five EPs and 10 years as a band, Relient K took a look back and a look ahead with The Bird and the Bee Sides. Released in July 2008 and entering The Billboard 200 at No. 25, the 26-song collection included an assortment of b-sides, demos and rarities culled from the Relient K archives plus 13 brand new tracks.
10/02 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
10/03 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
10/04 St. Paul, MN Myth
10/05 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Ballroom
10/07 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room @ Murat Center
10/09 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
10/10 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
10/11 Pontiac, MI Clutch Cargo's
10/12 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo
10/13 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
10/15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
10/16 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/17 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
10/18 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
10/21 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10/22 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
10/23 Norfolk, VA Norva Theatre
10/24 Charlotte, NC Amos' Southend
10/25 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues Myrtle Beach
10/27 Orlando, FL House of Blues Orlando
10/29 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
10/30 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/31 Cleveland, OH House of Blues Cleveland
11/01 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
11/02 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Relient K – the band that brought you Five Score And Seven Years Ago, mmhmm, Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right...(But Three Do) and The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek – is heralding the holiday season in its own inimitable style with the release of its first-ever, full-length Christmas album: Let It Snow, Baby...Let It Reindeer. The album, scheduled for release by Capitol on October 7th, features Relient K’s take on 10 holiday classics and six original songs.
From the glory of “Handel’s Messiah” and “Angels We Have Heard On High” to the goofiness of 1950’s novelty song “I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ For Christmas” and “Santa Clause Is Thumbing To Town” (wherein Relient K imagines a Christmas full of catastrophes that reduce St. Nick to hitchhiking), Let It Snow, Baby...Let It Reindeer captures the many sides of the season. There’s elation (“I Celebrate The Day”) and depression (“I Hate Christmas Parties”), nods to “Boxing Day” and New Year’s Eve (“Auld Lang Syne” – with a new ending) and lots of old-fashioned fun along the way (“Deck The Halls,” “12 Days of Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” to name a few). The collection was produced by Mark Lee Townsend and Relient K vocalist, Matt Thiessen.
Relient K’s Five Score And Seven Years Ago debuted at #6 on The Billboard 200 earlier this year, becoming the band’s highest charting album to date and receiving rave reviews. “Five Score features irresistible pop-punk hooks and glorious Beach Boys-style harmonies, all building to an 11-minute mini-rock opera that recalls – and equals – The Who’s ‘A Quick One While He’s Away,’” said USA Today while Alternative Press praised the album’s “radio-ready power pop goodness.” The band will launch a co-headlining tour with Switchfoot on October 16th in Charleston, WV (details to be announced shortly).
Let It Snow Baby Let It Reindeer Tracklisting
1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. Sleigh Ride
3. Merry Christmas, Here's To Many More
4. Angels We Have Heard On High
5. Deck The Halls
6. 12 Days of Christmas
7. Silent Night / Away In A Manger
8. I Celebrate The Day
9. In Like A Lion (Always Winter)
10. I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas
11. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
12. Santa Clause Is Thumbing To Town
13. Handel's Messiah
14. I Hate Christmas Parties
15. Boxing Day
16. Auld Lang Syne (new ending)
17. Hidden Track
"Let It Snow Baby Let It Reindeer" by Relient K - release date: 10/7/08..