House of Blues – Chicago, IL
November 2, 2008
Apparently, the Christian pop/rock music scene in Chicago is huge – bigger than I thought. When The Uncle Fest Tour rolled through Chicago last Sunday with headliners Relient K, the show SOLD OUT the House of Blues! I was completely shocked to say the least. For those of you who don’t know, Relient K is band of many genres, falling under the categories of alternative rock, piano rock, pop punk, and most notably Christian rock. This fivesome from Canton, Ohio is about as wholesome as you can get. Remember though, I am talking about the music here people – I don’t know the guys personally. My favorite Relient K song is called “Sadie Hawkins Dance” if that gives you any inclination as to the band’s lyrical subject matter and relative content. The best line of that song is by far “There’s nothing better than / Do you like my sweater?” LOVE it! I had just seen Relient K on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour headlining the main stage, but had no idea how popular they really are in Chicago until seeing the adoring fans smashed up against the barricade in the front row at the Chicago HOB show last weekend. On both the 2008 Vans Warped Tour and The Uncle Fest Tour, the boys of Relient K have been promoting their most recent album The Bird and the Bee Sides. I admit, I do not like all of the band’s music; however, I give them major props for sounding AMAZING live. Since there are five guys in the band, all the instruments are covered and the songs sound as good live as they do on the albums. Each song had some combination of drums, rhythm and lead guitars, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, bells, bass, and my favorite: the PIANO. There was no shortage of vocals, with Matthew Thiessen singing lead and John Warne, Jonathan Schneck, and Matthew Hoopes contributing the backing vocals.
More photos of the band members after the jump…
*Not photographed: Jonathan Schneck (guitar/banjo/bells/vocals)
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