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Relient K endures with catchy pop-punk sound

There’s something to be said for endurance and the staying power of an artist. Relient K  -  yes that’s an intentionally misspelled name - has been through it all.

The band formed before Blink-182’s “Enema of the State” would change the landscape of pop punk in 1999 and is still a part of most pop-punk fans’ minds today. Despite its tendency to be grouped in the category of Christian rock, the Ohio band - guitarist/vocalist Matt Thiessen,  guitarist Matt Hoopes, drummer Dave Douglas - has stuck to its guns and been a mainstay of the scene since the new millennium began.

As is custom with some of the best artists that took root in the golden age of pop-punk in the early 2000s, Relient K shines because of its two best qualities: immensely clever and endearing lyrics, and a keen ear for incredibly hooky melodies. (Singer Thiessen has written for Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Owl City). Albums like “The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek” and “MMHMM” still hold their own as some of the catchiest pop punk of the time. Christian or not, good music is good music.

With a new album on the way, Relient K takes the stage on Nov. 29 at the Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) for a show that will not only serve to build hype for what’s coming next, but also to take a trip back to the past and relieve the band’s earliest hits.

Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 (


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