Relient K's seventh album, Collapsible Lung, cracked the top 20 on the Billboard 200 last week as their album debuted at No. 1 on iTunes.
"Frontman Matthew Thiessen always a savvy songwriter, has traded the group's animated pop-punk for more contemporary styles. There's a newfound sadness, too, one that sometimes resembles wisdom," said a review by USA Today.
It has been four years since their last full length studio album, and fans can get the album on iTunes for $7.99, which includes the track, "That's My Jam."
Physical copies and special edition vinyls will be available at the band's concerts this summer.
Collapsible Lung is written from the band's own experiences, and for the first time ever the band is including outside co-writers for the new material.
The songwriters include Fernando Garibay (Lady Gaga), Ari Levine (Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars), Evan Bogart (Beyonce, Rihanna) and Tim Pagnotta (lead singer/writer for Sugarcult).
Producing the album are Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Lovedrug, Seabird) and Aaron Sprinkle (OneRepublic, Anberlin, The Almost).
"This time around, we wanted to have a collection of songs that surprised even us," said frontman Matt Thiessen through MergPR. "To do that, we teamed up with several other writers in LA, Nashville, and New York City. This ensured that the new LP would be unpredictable. Each song includes a different combination of authors, yet there is an underlying thread that ties the tunes together thematically. We took an experimental approach creating the album, and we couldn't be more pleased with the result."
Relient K will be touring with The Almost and The Rocketboys.
RELIENT K JULY TOUR DATES
02 Nashville, TN Rocketown
03 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center *WARPED Tour
05 Louisville, KY Headliners
06 Memphis, TN New Daisy
07 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
08 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
09 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
11 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
12 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
13 Providence, RI The Met
14 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre *WARPED Tour
15 Philadelphia, PA TLA
17 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
18 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center *WARPED Tour
20 Springfield, MO Gilloz Theatre
22 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
23 St Louis, MO Verizon Wireless
24 Omaha, NE Slowdown *WARPED Tour