The Looking for America Tour with Relient K and Switchfoot, made their stop in New Haven, CT, on a Sunday evening (and a school night). Just steps from Yale University, the students were out in full force in support of this evening of Alternative Rock and veteran musicians. Playing to a crowd of over 600, College Street Music Hall had the high energy these bands bring night after night.
With over 80 tour stops, and many years of experience, the stage show was amazing. Setup with a sculpted buffalo, a bright white piano, potted plants, and lawn chairs, it was a neat ambiance. The jack-of-all-trades front-man, Matt Thiessen rocked out with many instruments throughout the 16 song set. Crowd favorite “High of 75” started off the night, followed by “Bummin,” and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been.”
Ripping through their moving set, they had a treat for all the ladies in the crowd and premiered their new single “Candy Hearts,” written for Valentine’s Day, from their three-song Truly Madly Deeply EP.
Relient K surely had the whole crowd moving and warmed up for Switchfoot, finishing off their amazing set with “Be My Escape” and “Deathbed,” basically stating they didn’t want their show to end.
The Looking for America Tour was just completed, but when Relient K comes around again, I’ll be sure to be there.
Relient K only has two permanent members, Matt Thiessen (vocals, rhythm guitar, and piano) and Matt Hoopes (lead guitar). The band has three touring members Dave Douglas (drums), Tom Breyfogle (bass), and Josh Sudduth (rhythm guitar).