Relient K

Relient K played its first gig in December 1997, back when Matthew Thiessen and guitarist Matt Hoopes were still in high school and tooling around in the latter's Plymouth Reliant K, which inspired the band's name. The group recorded its first demo the following year with producer Mark Lee Townsend, who has worked on each of the band's subsequent full-length albums (although Five Score And Seven Years Ago was largely produced by Howard Benson).

In the ensuing decade, Relient K has released five full-length albums (of which three have been certified Gold), five EPs and a Christmas collection, toured incessantly, scored a string of hit singles, a Grammy nomination and two Dove awards, and performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and numerous other national TV shows. The Los Angeles Times praised Relient K for "its smart blend of punk pop and power pop, weaving together influences as diverse as the Beach Boys, Blink-182 and Fountains of Wayne" while Spin noted: "Few bands play punk-influenced modern rock as proficiently." But the band's quirky sense of humor remains intact and there's a fresh excitement about the future.


Hellogoodbye is a power pop/synthpop band formed in Huntington Beach, California in 2001. They are signed to Drive-Thru Records and released their first full-length album, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! in 2006, in addition to their previously released EP Hellogoodbye and DVD OMG HGB DVD ROTFL. In 2005, the band appeared on MTV's The Real World: Austin and won MTV2's Dew Circuit Breakout.

The band was initiated in 2001 as a recording project by Huntington Beach High School student Forrest Kline. With the aid of fellow student Jesse Kurvink, Kline started recording synthesized power pop songs on his computer, which originally only served the purpose of entertaining their friends. However, hellogoodbye's fanbase grew steadily, as more and more of their songs appeared on — a total of eleven which spread on fan-assembled CD-Rs labeled The Parachute EP and served as demos for both their following EP and full-length. Originally The Parachute EP was planned to be officially released containing four songs, however, only a handful of copies were burnt by Kline himself. According to Kline, the band name was inspired by the Beatles song "Hello, Goodbye", as well as a line from the TV series Saved by the Bell, and the general transience of opportunities.

In 2002, hellogoodbye began playing local concerts in front of crowds of hundreds without even having a release out. For live shows, vocalist/guitarist Kline and keyboardist Kurvink were accompanied on drums by either Parker Case, who would later form the now defunct JamisonParker and is currently a member of Say Anything, or Aaron Flora, formerly of the band Throwdown. Flora and bassist Marcus Cole soon joined them permanently, completing the band's line-up.

Though California indie label Drive-Thru Records signed hellogoodbye in January 2004, everything the band does is still entirely done by themselves, ranging from recordings and album artwork to posters and merchandise designs. Shortly after their signing, Kline and Kurvink recorded the band's debut EP, Hellogoodbye, which spawned a music video to the song "Call n' Return." The video featured Kline and Flora playing a comedic game of tennis against Cole and Kurvink. In March 2004, drummer Flora left the band and was replaced by then 16-year-old high school dropout Chris Profeta (formerly of A Cutthroat Kiss).

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Mike Mains And The Branches

Like most good things, Mike Mains & The Branches came from the South. Born in Texas, and bred in Michigan, this indie rock collective has spent the last three years making waves everywhere in between. Following the release of their debut album, Home, they've used their relentless touring, unique sound, and sharp jawlines to carve out a place for themselves in the hearts of rock music fans across the country, and have now gained the attention of literally dozens of people in other countries as well. With a live show that has been praised as "above-average" and the promise of a followup record, good things lie in the future of Mike Mains & The Branches.



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