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12 June 2014
Matthew Thiessen has tweeted that he's currently writing with producer and songwriter Emily Wright. Whether it's for Relient K stuff, Matt Thiessen solo stuff or for something completely different - I guess we won't know until it's done. Read the absolute punk article here
18 November 2013
Benjamin was fortunate enough to meet the Matts after the show in Ponoma and ask them a few questions. Talking about a possible ten year anniversary tour, who is currently in the band, dan bakitus, custom guitar pedals and more. Check out the brief interview after the click through. Thanks for the scoop Benjamin!
31 July 2013
Here's a bit of a Relient K rewind for you. This article is probably from around 2000 just after Relient K released their first self-titled full length CD. Matt Thiessen explains a bit about the meaning behind the song. It's funny to look back at this interview and see how much Matt and Relient K have changed over the past 13 years!
29 May 2013
Matt Hoopes & Matt Thiessen recently sat down with jesusfreakhideout.com to chat about the upcoming record amongst other things. It's quite a lengthy interview and goes into a bit of depth about where Relient K are at right now - enjoy! Check it out here.
15 November 2012
Matt Thiessen of Relient K played two new songs at the final show for Jack's Mannequin. The first one is a new Relient K song, called "Sweeter." The second is a a song he wrote with his girlfriend, Jillia Jackson, called "Pot of Gold." Check out both videos after the jump. What do you think?
24 July 2012
Matt Thiessen recently spoke with grammy.com about being a co-writer for Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen's new hit single "Good Time". Thiessen co-wrote the track along with Brian Lee. Matt also drops a mention about the new Relient K record coming at the beginning of 2013. Read the full interview here.
25 May 2012
Mousertime in association with Variance Magazine have interviewed Relient K's Matt Thiessen and Matt Hoopes asking questions about the upcoming new Relient K album and what they've been up to lately. The boys also perform a live acoustic version of Forget & Not Slow Down. It's definitely looking like we're in for something quite different on the new Relient K record - should be awesome! Read the interview on Mousertime.
28 March 2012
The Waltonian have posted some behind the scenes info about Relient K after speaking with Matt Thiessen & the rest of the band at the Relient K Sixteen Cities concert. The most exciting part of the article states that the new Relient K album will hopefully be ready by the end of summer. Read the full interview here
21 October 2011
In a tweet today Matt Thiessen has stated that he will be playing some newly written songs with Jilla Jackson at a Cornerstone fest benefit in Hannibal, MO, Saturdy. Read the tweet here. Not sure whether the songs were written with Jilla Jackson, or if he wrote them but will be playing them with Jilla Jackson!?
27 September 2011
In a recent interview with Alternative Press, Andrew McMahon, front man of Jack's Mannequin, has confirmed that the songs from his new record "People & Things" which he co-wrote with Matt Thiessen are "Platform Fire", "People, Running", and "Amy, I". "People & Things" comes out October 4th if you're keen to check it out. Andrew talks further about how he feels about co-writing songs in the AP interview.
08 September 2011
Watch a selection of interviews with the guys from Relient K filmed during the 2011 Vans Warped Tour after the jump.
17 August 2011
Check out a new Jack's Mannequin song "Amy, I" which was co-written by Andrew McMahon & Matt Thiessen
Watch the new song "Amy, I" from Jack's Mannequin and then watch a short video of Andrew explaining a bit about the song. He talks about writing the song with the help of Relient K's Matt Thiessen while staying at his house in Nashville.
18 July 2011
Check out this new interview with Relient K's lead singer Matthew Thiessen. He talks about being on Vans Warped Tour, let's slip the title of a new cover song that will appear on the upcoming covers album and shares some much needed details of the bands plan to head back to the studio in November. "The band is hoping to get back into the studio in November to start recording some new songs, including some that are less about real-life and more about telling a fictional story." Thanks to Jamie B for the heads up on this interview.
18 July 2011
Matt Thiessen has shared some more details about the upcoming covers album being released in October in this interview. Thiessen says that the album will feature 15 tracks, 7 off the current covers EP and 8 new tracks. Two definite tracks that will appear are "Motorcycle to Drive By" by Third Eye Blind and "Africa" by Toto. Other possible songs are by Nada Surf, Nick Drake and Stone Temple Pilots. Thanks to Jamie B for the heads up on this interview.
01 June 2011
Relient K have posted an invitation to a gig at 12th and Porter via facebook. Looks like Matt Hoopes and Matt Thiessen will be playing with Matt Thiessen's current lady Jillia Jackson. "Hey pals in or around NASHVILLE... Come see Hoopes and I jam with my lady, Jillia Jackson - 8p tomorrow (Wednesday 6/1/11) at 12th and Porter. Be there or square. - Matt T"
16 March 2011
Matt Thiessen and Matthew Hoopes have released a video on youtube where they talk about Mono Vs Stereo's newest signing - Denison Witmer. They both seem really excited about the chance to release a Denison Witmer record on the Mono Vs Stereo label as they have always been big fans of his music. The new album will be called "The Ones Who Wait". Check out the video after the jump.
17 February 2011
As we found out the other day, Matt Thiessen had the guys from Run Kid Run round to his house to spend some time recording some acoustic versions of their songs. You can watch the video highlights on the click-through, or you can check out the full blog post.
14 February 2011
It's been a bit quiet on the Relient K news front as of late, but the silence has been broken and Matt Thiessen was recently interviewed by mousertime.blogspot.com. He shares what's going on with his solo project, his writing process for the new relient k record, some songs he's been helping write, and how he's been doing a lot of producing lately. Read the Matt Thiessen interview here. Discuss your thoughts after the jump.
10 February 2011
See a short video of Matthew Thiessen saying a quick hello from his house. He states the Run Kid Run are at his house because they wanted to record some acoustic songs together. Run Kid Run posted this link on their twitter.
20 December 2010
Dan Kane from CantonRep.com has posted an interview with Relient K's lead man Matt Thiessen talking about things such as Matt's favourite memories about Christmas, how they originally started recording songs for their Christmas album, old members of Relient K and also Matt Hoopes current status with the band. Read the full interview here.
10 November 2010
Absolute Punk have posted a new interview with Andrew McMahon. When asked about writing some songs for the new record with Matt Thiessen, Andrew revealed details about their song writing process, the names of the songs they've written and why they're his favourites so far. The new Jack's Mannequin record is stated for a spring or summer 2011 release. Read the interview and hear one of the songs "Platform Fire" after the jump.
08 November 2010
Matt Thiessen opened for Owl City at the Halloween Homecoming show and treated fans to a couple new Owl City songs. Thiessen announced he was working on a track with Adam Young for the new Owl City record called "Plant Life". Matt Thiessen also played an exclusive new song called "Halloween in Owatonna". Watch the songs after the jump.
21 October 2010
Check some videos of an interview with the two Matt's of Relient K and an acoustic performance of the Relient K song Faking My Own Suicide. It's from early in 2007 during the promotional tour for Five Score and Seven Years Ago.
20 October 2010
Relient K's frontman Matt Thiessen spoke with radio station NovaFM before Relient K's show in Sydney on October 15th 2010. Matt talks about the economy, what's in store for the Australia shows and his favourite Australian bands Bodyjar and Living End. Check out the matt thiessen interview here.
06 October 2010
Matt Thiessen has written pretty much all of the Relient K songs to date. Apart from the four other member-written songs on The Bird and the Bee Sides, the only other song that Matt Thiessen hasn't written is a track on The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek. "Those Words Are Not Enough" was written by Matt Hoopes!
13 September 2010
Matt Thiessen now has a special seperate sports tweet where he says "As a favor to any of you that have no interest in silly sports, @mattysportweet is where I'll blab of my nerdy love for football. Sports!" Visit Matty's Sports Tweet here.
31 August 2010
Everyone is excited while waiting for Matt Thiessen's solo release in the future. In the meantime, maybe this will keep us smiling - it's a video of Relient K's Matt Thiessen performing a Counting Crows montage live with some guest vocals by Bryce Avary (Rocket Summer). See the video after the jump.
27 July 2010
This interview with Relient K's Matt Thiessen is from 2008, just after The Bird & The Bee-sides had been released. Matt Thiessen talks about how he enjoys slower music after having written pop-punk songs for so long, how Ethan Luck started fitting in with the band, Relient K on Warped Tour and more.
22 July 2010
Here's another little snippet video of Matthew Thiessen in the Dark Horse recording studio with Run Kid Run working on some new material. Update: Run Kid Run have twittered another studio video update. This time Matt Thiessen hosts, sharing how awesome the next Run Kid Run album is going to be.
21 July 2010
Relient K's versatile lead singer and songwriter Matt Thiessen is continuing to broaden his skill set and refine his producing skills by co-producing "some of the best Run Kid Run songs" he's ever heard. Read Matt Thiessen's twitter update to hear it straight from the source. Run Kid Run also confirmed this on their twitter, and even posted a short video clip of the first day in the studio (which briefly shows Matt Thiessen).
19 July 2010
According to one of his latest twitter updates, Matt Thiessen from Relient K is working on a solo record. Whether this will be under his previous solo project "Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes" or under a new name is not yet known.
30 June 2010
Way back when, in 2005, John Reuben released his fourth album "The Boy vs The Cynic" and his first single "Nuisance" featured guest vocals from Relient K's very own Matthew Thiessen. You may have heard the song before, but have you watched the video clip? The music video for "Nuisance" also features Matt Thiessen and a bit of a storyline. Watch the video clip for "Nuisance" after the jump.
28 June 2010
With the NBA finals recently over and done with for 2010 I was reminded of a little ditty entitled "Lebron Top of the World" which was posted on Matt Thiessen's myspace (Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes) page a couple of years back. Matt Thiessen composed a short ode to his favourite NBA player (Lebron James) and team (Cleveland Cavaliers). Full song and lyrics after the jump.
22 June 2010
Check out Bryan Stars backstage Relient K interview with Matt Thiessen on the Paramore Tour 2010.
22 June 2010
In case you missed it, have a look at this feature article from October 2009 on Relient K and their latest album - Forget and Not Slow Down. The article talks with the band about Matt Thiessen's breakup, moving forward with life, his song writing process, Relient K's progressive rock sound and more. Read the relient k article.
16 June 2010
Matt Thiessen has again lent out his musical skills, this time giving Ryan Dunson from Rookie of the Year a hand. Thiessen collaborated with Dunson in "Bizarre Love Triangle", a song off his new album "The Most Beautiful". While he didn't lend out any vocal help this time around, he contributed the piano in the new song. Watch the music video for Rookie of the Year - Bizarre Love Triangle here.
15 June 2010
Check out this azcentral.com interview with Matthew Thiessen from December of 2009. They ask questions about Forget and Not Slow Down, Matt Thiessen's breakup, the pros and cons of Christian rock, how to work through a heartache and Matt's favourite music from 2009. Read the matt thiessen interview here.
10 June 2010
In an interview with MTV in August 2005, Relient K's lead singer Matt Thiessen said a few interesting things about the band's first few albums and about a music clip from Mmhmm. If you haven't read it before, it's worth a read. Matt Thiessen talks about Relient K's early music, his thoughts on Mmmhmm, the type of music he likes, the video for Be My Escape and how the band has matured over the years. Read the interview.
06 June 2010
Back in February of this year (2010) Relient K's frontman and lead singer Matthew Thiessen played his first solo show in 7 years in Dallas. Check out this video of Matthew Thiessen playing Be My Escape - just piano and vocals! He also played Therapy (from Forget and Not Slow Down), This Is The End and Over It!
31 May 2010
Looks like Matthew Thiessen is sporting a short new haircut. No more long curly golden locks for Thiessen... for a little while at least! (PS: He's got a cute fluffy dog with him in the photo also - anyone know if this is his dog?) Photo after the jump.
27 May 2010
Back in 2005 Matthew Thiessen recorded some vocals on The Fold's album "This Too Shall Pass". They posted a short comedic video update on Matt's visit to the studio. "I said no mayo!" Watch the video
23 May 2010
Check out absolute punk to see Hayley Williams (Paramore) and Matthew Thiessen help perform "At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)" with fun on their recent tour. Hayley Williams sings some backing vocals, while Matty T pulls out his trumpet. You'll need to watch carefully to see Matthew Thiessen as he's only on screen towards to end of the video.
23 May 2010
A Relient K Music blog has stated that Matthew Thiessen commented on the song "One I'm Waiting For" (Mmhmm) while performing live at Christian Music Festival in New Jersey in October of 2009. Thiessen said the band hadn't played in "a couple of years" and which he ended with a delightfully offhand comment, "that song's about Katy Perry," without explaining they dated and wrote songs together when she was a Christian artist known as Katy Hudson. What do you know - Matt Thiessen dated Katy Perry! Read the blog post
19 May 2010
Matthew Thiessen shares his thoughts on the next Jack's Mannequin record - "The next Jack's Mannequin record? Gonna be gooood. Just sayin." Could this possibly be because he's contributed to writing 4 and a half songs? Or maybe just because he knows Jack's Mannequin are just generally awesome? Follow Matthew Thiessen on twitter.
06 May 2010
In a recent interview with LiveDaily Matthew Thiessen has said "I used to date Katy Perry back in the day and we're still really good friends. She called me up in December and had me help with one of her new songs. I'm a big fan of Jack's Mannequin and I got to write four and a half songs on the new Jack's Mannequin record. He's recording that right now." Both of those albums look like they're coming out this summer and fall (respectively). If you're a fan of both Jack's Mannequin and Relient K - this is very exciting news! Read the full interview here.
23 March 2010
In December 2007, Ace Enders and a Million Different People released a cover version of "Bittersweet Symphony" (The Verve). Matty T featured a couple guest vocal spots along with Mark Hoppus, Aaron Marsh, Craig Owens, Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, Bryce Avary, Kenny Vasoli, and Duane Okun. Check it out!
10 February 2010
Matthew Thiessen and Ethan Luck from Relient K performed a live acoustic set in the Kink Live Performance Lounge, as well as answering a few questions in an interview. Listen to the live set and check out the photos. The set list contains "I Don't Need a Soul" and "Therapy".
16 December 2009
As per a message on the Relient K website, Matthew Thiessen has left the remaining shows in the Winter Wonder Slam tour to be with his family. Thiessen's mother, in Canton, has suffered a severe heart attack and will be undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. The remaining members of Relient K will continue the tour with Tim Skipper (House of Heroes) as lead vocals and will play through some fan favourites and holiday tunes.
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