Forget and Not Slow Down

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Forget and Not Slow Down
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Studio album by Relient K
Released October 6, 2009
Recorded March–April 2009
Studio Dark Horse Recording Studio Nashville, TN
Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock,[1] rock[2]
Length 42:44
Label Mono Vs Stereo, Jive
Producer Mark Lee Townsend, Matthew Thiessen
Relient K chronology
The Bird and the Bee Sides
(2008)The Bird and the Bee Sides2008
Forget and Not Slow Down
Is for Karaoke
(2011)Is for Karaoke2011
Singles from Forget and Not Slow Down
  1. "Forget and Not Slow Down"
    Released: September 21, 2009[3]
  2. "Part of It"
    Released: October 25, 2010 [3]

Forget and Not Slow Down is the sixth full-length studio album by American rock band Relient K, released on October 6, 2009. It is the band's first album since the departure of longtime drummer Dave Douglas at the end of 2007. Ethan Luck was his replacement as the drummer for the band. The album is also the first Relient K album with Mono Vs Stereo and their first on Jive Records. The album was produced by Mark Lee Townsend and mixed by Andy Wallace.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 9/10 stars[2]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
BLARE Magazine 3.5/5 stars[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[5]
Melodic 4/5 stars [6]
The Tune 3.7/5 stars link

Background and recording[edit]

In early 2009, Relient K's vocalist Matt Thiessen, secluded from the rest of the world in Winchester, Tennessee, began to write music for three months on an album to be released later in 2009.[7][8] About being isolated Thiessen stated, "It was awesome. You could think about something, and keep thinking about it, and no one would interrupt you for six or seven hours. You could keep your brain on one train of thought. I’ll never want to write another record any other way."[9] An influence for the album was the band's lead singer, Matt Thiessen, and his fiancee, Shannon, breaking up in late 2008.

Thiessen stated that they were keen on finishing the album for a 2009 release and had begun recording the new album with their "favorite" producer, Mark Lee Townsend and mixer Andy Wallace[7][10] Guitarist Matt Hoopes stated about Mark Lee Townsend that, "We’ve got an almost telepathic relationship." [9] On March 23, 2009, the band started recording at Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee, which Hoopes states is his "favorite studio."[7][8] The band had used the likes of synthesizers and MIDI before; but Thiessen stated that every instrument on this album "It’s organic. I know a lot of bands do that now. But for us, it was really the first time we made it the real thing."[9] On April 30, Thiessen posted that they were "Tracking drums for the last three songs. The new album is almost done!".[11]

On May 5, 2009 the band announced via the Air 1 website that The Almost and Relient K were in the same studio and stated the band members were swapping gear to record both band's albums.[12] With the bands in the studio together, Aaron Gillespie would record vocals for the album which was confirmed with the release of the track listing and the guest vocalists.[13]

Promotion and release[edit]

In late March 2009, it was announced that the band had completed their contract with Gotee Records and would join the Mono vs Stereo label.[14] On May 8, Thiessen announced on his Twitter account that the new album would be called Forget and Not Slow Down, which will also be the title of a song on the album.[15] The following day, while at Glory at the Gardens at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, they announced that the album should be released around October. In late May and early June, the band went on tour with Owl City, Runner Runner and the Classic Crime.[14] On July 9, Gotee Records announced on Twitter that Forget and Not Slow Down is to be released on October 6, 2009 and provided a flyer via TwitPic.[16] On August 4, the announcement of the album's completion was made via Thiessen's Twitter account which simply stated "Ding! Album's done." [17]

On August 20, the track listing and cover art were released to, in addition to the information that the first single is the title track, and that it in fact had already been released to some Christian radio stations.[18] When Thiessen released the track listing, he announced that the missing numbers on the track list are interludes. The interlude titles were posted on Gotee Records' pre-release page for the album. The song "Therapy" was released to Hot Adult Contemporary radio stations on October 19.[19] Four webisodes were released weekly via the band's MySpace and Facebook pages, showing the recording progress in the studio.[20] The album has also been released on vinyl record (pressed at United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN). The vinyl record itself was for sale on their tour with Paramore and fun. and is now offered on their webstore as a bundle package with a carrier bag and wooden case.


Influences for the record are bands like Counting Crows and Foo Fighters. Matt Thiessen stated in an interview with Pollstar, "We definitely wanted to make a rock record. We wanted it to be uptempo and energetic. As far as the sonic aspect, we wanted to make it less modern sounding, with classic rock textures – Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, those kind of ‘90s albums. That was a good time for rock ‘n’ roll."[21] Matt Hoopes has also stated "The songs that tend to be the fan favorites in the past are the ones about making mistakes but ultimately moving past them and this record has a lot of that feeling. No matter what trials you encounter in your life, it doesn't have to be the end of your story. You can move on and be happy and experience joy."[22]

Track listing[edit]

When Matt Thiessen sent a message to AbsolutePunk readers he stated "It's a bit weird because there are some untitled outros and intros throughout the album. Basically, if the track list skips a number, something is up. There are eleven songs, but the whole thing runs about 43 minutes." [18] There is a hidden track before track 1. It is Thiessen's dad singing a line from Sahara.[23]

All tracks written by Matt Thiessen, except "Candlelight" composed by Thiessen and Matt Hoopes[13].

No. Title Length
0. Untitled (pregap hidden track)  
1. "Forget and Not Slow Down" (featuring Tim Skipper of House of Heroes) 3:22
2. "I Don't Need a Soul" 3:51
3. "Candlelight" 3:21
4. "Flare (Outro)" 1:00
5. "Part of It" 3:20
6. "(Outro)" 1:35
7. "Therapy" (featuring Brian McSweeney formerly of Seven Day Jesus) 3:43
8. "Over It" 3:54
9. "Sahara" (featuring Tim Skipper of House of Heroes, Aaron Gillespie of The Almost and Matt MacDonald of The Classic Crime) 3:49
10. "Oasis (Intro)" 0:41
11. "Savannah" 4:17
12. "Baby (Outro)" 0:46
13. "If You Believe Me" (featuring Matt MacDonald of The Classic Crime) 3:20
14. "This Is the End" 2:17
15. "(If You Want It)" 3:18
Amazon exclusive
No. Title Length
16. "Terminals" (programming and additional production by Adam Young of Owl City) 3:12


Relient K

Additional personnel

Album art[edit]

The cover art is an oil painting on canvas, by Linden Frederick, Matt Thiessen's uncle.[24][25]

Chart history[edit]

The album debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 in Christian Albums, No. 2 in Digital Albums, No. 4 in Alternative Albums and No. 5 in Rock Albums.[26]


In 2010, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.[27]


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  2. ^ a b Blake Solomon. "Relient K – Forget and Not Slow Down". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Relient K : Forget and not slow down - écoute gratuite et téléchargement". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  4. ^ Joshua Khan. "Forget and Not Slow Down >". BLARE. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  5. ^ Adam Dawson. "Relient K, "Forget and Not Slow Down"". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  6. ^ Kat, Cor Jan (October 24, 2009). "Relient K - Forget and Not Slow Down". Melodic. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
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  9. ^ a b c [1] Archived April 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
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  11. ^ "Relient K "almost done" recording new album". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. April 30, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  12. ^ "The Almost & Relient K swapped what?". 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  13. ^ a b Bands on Fire – Relient K – "Forget And Not Slow Down"
  14. ^ a b "Relient K announce new label, tour dates". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. March 25, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Twitter / Matthew Thiessen: New album title... Forget". 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  16. ^ "Twitter / Gotee Records: Forget And Not Slow Down". 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  17. ^ "Twitter / Matthew Thiessen: Ding! Album's done". 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  18. ^ a b "First Look: Relient K Tracklist/Artwork - News Article". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  19. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  20. ^ "Relient K". Facebook. 2010-06-26. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  21. ^ "Relient K Tour Dates Aren’t Slowing Down". Pollstar. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  22. ^ "Relient K Not Looking To Slow Down With New Album (August 31, 2009) : News". 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  23. ^ Interviews. "Relient K | Interviews". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
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  25. ^ "Relient K Album Cover - Page 5 - News Article -". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  26. ^ "Music Charts, Most Popular Music, Music by Genre & Top Music Charts". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  27. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)

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