Relient K made their way back to their home state of Ohio on May 14 to play in Columbus at Newport Music Hall. The band brought Mike Mains & the Branches, William Beckett and Hellogoodbye with them on the tour.
Mike Mains & the Branches opened the show promptly at 7. The band played a set of six songs, a few of which were from their upcoming album, “Calm Down, Everything is Fine.”
The band got the crowd involved with their set, having the audience echo lead singer, Mike Mains, for the chorus of their new song, “Calm Down, Everything is Fine.”
After Mike Mains & the Branches was William Beckett. Beckett, formerly of The Academy Is…, entered the stage alone, armed with only a guitar and his “band in a box” (aka a MacBook Pro). Beckett played the guitar parts in his six songs while the “band in a box” played the recordings of the other instruments.
Beckett engaged the crowd as well telling a story about a basketball match he had on his first day of sixth grade.
Included in his set was a new song titled, “Benny & Joon” from his upcoming album that should be released later this year.
During Beckett’s final song, “Great Night,” Matt Thiessen, lead singer of Relient K, came out to sing with Beckett.
After Beckett was Hellogoodbye. The band played a total of 10 songs for the crowd. Just like Mike Mains & the Branches and Beckett, Hellogoodbye got the crowd involved with their songs. It was Wiz’s birthday so the audience, and the other members of Hellogoodbye sang “Happy Birthday” to the keyboard player.
Hellogoodbye ended their 10 song set with their most popular, “Here (In Your Arms)” where the venue was filled with voices singing along.
Finally, it was time for Relient K. The band came out to the entire venue cheering, where they opened their set with the ever-popular “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been.”
Then the band spiraled into a 19 song set.
Relient K kept the audience engaged by singing a mix of old and new songs from their upcoming album, “Collapsible Lung,” which is set to release in June.
Beckett joined Relient K onstage for the new song, “Boomerang.” Beckett accompanied Theissen on lead vocals and Beckett was as energetic as he was when he was in The Academy Is… and after singing the song, Beckett and Thiessen hugged.
The band even had members of the opening bands come out for a cover of the song, “Motorcycle Drive By” which is originally by Third Eye Blind.
Throughout the show Relient K was happy to be home and always made sure to say that. Their family members were even at the show and Thiessen dedicated “Savannah” to his sister, brother-in-law, and their unborn child.
Overall, Relient K proved that after 15 years they still know how to bring the house down.
William Beckett’s set:
- Compromising Me
- Scarlett (Tokyo)
- Dear Life
- Benny & Joon
- Dig a Hole
- Great Night
- When We First Kissed
- Finding Something to Do
- Getting Old
- Swear You’re in Love
- The Magic Hour is Now
- Oh, It is Love
- When We First Met
- Everything is Debatable
- Here (In Your Arms)
Relient K’s set:
- Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been
- High of 75
- Mood Rings
- In Love with the 80s (Pink Tux to the Prom)
- Don’t Blink
- The Lining is Silver
- Motorcycle Drive By
- Forget and Not Slow Down
- Collapsible Lung
- I Could Take You Home
- Sadie Hawkins Dance
- Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet
- Be My Escape