The Bird and the Bee Sides

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This article is about the Relient K EP. For the Shonen Knife album, see The Birds & the B-Sides. For other uses, see The Birds and the Bees (disambiguation).
The Bird and the Bee Sides
EP by Relient K
Released July 1, 2008
Genre Rock, pop punk, alternative rock
Length 71:09
Label Gotee
Producer Mark Lee Townsend
Relient K chronology
Let it Snow, Baby... Let it Reindeer
(2007)
The Bird and the Bee Sides
(2008)
Forget and Not Slow Down
(2009)
EP cover
The Nashville Tennis EP cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net (86%) [1]
The Album Project 4/5 stars [2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars [4]
Punknews.org 3/5 stars [5]
Soul-Audio.com 5.5/10 stars [6]

The Bird and the Bee Sides is a double EP by the American band Relient K. In the United States it was released on July 1, 2008.[7]

The double EP is contained on a single disc and contains the The Nashville Tennis EP and The Bird and the Bee Sides. The Nashville Tennis EP (a pun on Nashville, Tennessee) is the band's seventh EP. It includes 13 tracks of new material that allowed the band to explore their sound a bit by allowing other band members, besides Thiessen and Hoopes, to compose/record a few tracks, as well as adding some influences from Country music and Ska. The Bird and the Bee Sides contained tracks that had previously been released on hard-to-come-by albums.[8][9]

The EPs debuted at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 with approximately 20,000 albums sold.[10]

Track listing[edit]

The Nashville Tennis EP[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Where Do I Go from Here"   2:15
2. "The Scene and Herd"   2:53
3. "At Least We Made It This Far"   2:53
4. "The Last, the Lost, the Least" (written and vocals by bassist, John Warne.) 2:25
5. "The Lining Is Silver"   3:41
6. "There Was No Thief" (re-recorded version of, "The Thief", off the EP Apathetic EP.) 3:22
7. "No Reaction" (written and vocals by drummer, Ethan Luck.) 1:03
8. "Curl Up and Die"   4:08
9. "You'll Always Be My Best Friend" (written and vocals by Matt Hoopes and Matt Thiessen) 1:39
10. "There Was Another Time in My Life"   2:51
11. "Beaming"   1:00
12. "I Just Want You to Know"   2:57
13. "Bee Your Man" (written and vocals by Jonathan Schneck) 1:38
Total length:
32:51

The Bird and the Bee Sides[edit]

No. Title Length
14. "Up and Up (Acoustic)" (originally released on the Australian-only release Must Have Done Something Right EP and as a download with the Wal-EP.)  
15. "Wit's All Been Done Before"   3:30
16. "The Vinyl Countdown" (originally released on the EP The Vinyl Countdown.) 2:49
17. "For the Band" (originally released on the EP Employee of the Month EP.) 4:15
18. "Nothing Without You" (originally released on the EP The Vinyl Countdown.) 4:14
19. "A Penny Loafer Saved Is a Penny Loafer Earned" (originally released on the EP Employee of the Month EP.) 2:19
20. "Five Iron Frenzy Is Either Dead or Dying" (originally released on the EP The Vinyl Countdown.) 0:32
21. "Five Iron Frenzy Is Either Dead or Dying (Wannabe Ska Version)" (originally released on the EP The Vinyl Countdown.) 0:41
22. "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been (Acoustic)" (originally released on the single release of Who I Am Hates Who I've Been.) 3:18
23. "Here I Go (Demo)"   2:34
24. "The Stenographer (Demo)"   2:30
25. "Jefferson Aeroplane (Demo)" (originally released on the EP The Creepy EP.) 3:58
26. "Hope for Every Fallen Man (Acoustic)" (originally released on the Australian-only release Must Have Done Something Right EP and as a download with the Best Buy copy of Five Score and Seven Years Ago.) 3:26
27. "Where Do I Go (Acoustic) [Bonus Track]"   2:54
Total length:
38:17

Bonus material[edit]

Those who pre-ordered The Bird and the Bee Sides received two "instant song downloads" ("Up and Up" and "The Lining Is Silver"), a Relient K and Gotee Records sticker pack,[11] and a collector's-edition postcard.[11]

Online scavenger hunt[edit]

Relient K held an online scavenger hunt for tracks that were cut from The Bird and the Bee Sides.[12] The clues lead to "Hope For Every Fallen Man", "Where Do I Go (Acoustic)", and "Between You and Me". Two more songs are intended to be released some time for the scavenger hunt, and were announced to be the demo of "I'm Lion-O" from the band's 1998 demo album All Work & No Play and the unreleased demo of "Sadie Hawkins Dance".

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

Other personnel[edit]

Artwork[edit]

The artwork was created by Davy Baysinger, formerly of Bleach.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Relient K - The Bird and the Bee Sides - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. July 1, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Full Review: Relient K - The Bird And The Bee Sides". TheAlbumProject.net. August 28, 2008. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ Farias, Andree (July 1, 2008). "The Bird and the Bee Sides - Relient K : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Relient K, "The Bird And The Bee Sides" / "The Nashville Tennis EP" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. July 1, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Relient K - The Bird and the Bee Sides". Punknews.org. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Soul-Audio » Album Reviews » Relient K". Soul-audio.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Relient K - News[dead link]
  8. ^ "Dear Everyone That Pays Attention To Our Band". Matthew Thiessen's Pack Of Wild Blogs. April 22, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Bird and Bee Sides Cover Art". Absolute Punk.net. Retrieved July 8, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Relient K - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Skyroo.com: Relient K: The Bird and the Bee Sides - Official Pre-Order Store". Relientk.skyroo.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Bird and the Bee Sides Tracklisting and Contest - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 

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