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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Relient K plots fall tour, records new holiday tracks

Fresh from the Van's Warped Tour, alt-rockers Relient K [ tickets ] will head back out on the road this fall for a headlining tour of their own, right after they record a few new Christmas tunes.

The Ohio-based Christian rockers kick off the "Uncle Fest" tour Oct. 2 in Madison, WI. The outing boasts dates in 25 cities through early November; details are shown below.

The band will take the time between tours to record three traditional holidays tracks--"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Silver Bells" and "Oh Holy Night"--for the Oct. 7 reissue of the band's Christmas collection from last year, "Let it Snow Baby ... Let it Reindeer." While the songs won't be included on the reissue, copies of the CD will come with codes enabling fans to download the additional songs free of charge.

"We took a quick breather after Warped Tour, and now we're headed back to Nashville to track a couple of Christmas songs and rehearse for the upcoming Uncle Fest Tour," frontman Matt Thiessen said in a statement. "We're excited to hit the road and get back to some of our favorite clubs and theaters."

Released last March, Relient K's most recent studio album, "Five Score and Seven Years Ago," is the band's fifth album in seven years. The record follows 2004's "Mmhmm," which earned the group its third consecutive gold-album certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.

The band released an album-length collection of new material, "The Nashville Tennis EP," earlier this year on the same disc as a b-sides and outtakes collection, "The Bird and the Bee Sides." Although the band itself classifies the release as an EP, the entire package clocks in at more than 70 minutes.

Christian Music News Source

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