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
The Bird and the Bee Sides
Forget and Not Slow Down
EP cover
The Nashville Tennis EP cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating (86%) [1]
The Album Project 4/5 stars [2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars [4] 3/5 stars [5] 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 its 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 were either rarities or unreleased demos from the band's prior years.[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]

All tracks written by Matt Thiessen, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) 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" (vocals by bassist, John Warne) John Warne 2:25
5. "The Lining Is Silver"     3:41
6. "There Was No Thief" (re-recorded version of "The Thief" from the Apathetic EP)   3:22
7. "No Reaction" (vocals by drummer, Ethan Luck) Ethan Luck 1:03
8. "Curl Up and Die"     4:08
9. "You'll Always Be My Best Friend" (lead vocals by guitarist, Matt Hoopes) Matt Hoopes, 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" (vocals by guitarist, Jonathan Schneck) Jonathan Schneck 1:38
Total length: 32:51

The Bird and the Bee Sides[edit]

No. Title Length
14. "Up and Up (Acoustic)"    
15. "Wit's All Been Done Before"   3:30
16. "The Vinyl Countdown"   2:49
17. "For the Band"   4:15
18. "Nothing Without You"   4:14
19. "A Penny Loafer Saved Is a Penny Loafer Earned"   2:19
20. "Five Iron Frenzy Is Either Dead or Dying"   0:32
21. "Five Iron Frenzy Is Either Dead or Dying (Wannabe Ska Version)"   0:41
22. "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been (Acoustic)"   3:18
23. "Here I Go (Demo)"   2:34
24. "The Stenographer (Demo)"   2:30
25. "Jefferson Aeroplane (Demo)"   3:58
26. "Hope for Every Fallen Man (Acoustic)"   3:26
Total length: 38:17

Song origin credits[edit]


Relient K
Additional production
  • Mark Lee Townsend - producer
  • Brett Schoneman (formerly of Philmore) - drums (track 16, 20 & 21)
  • Lane Johnson - drums (on "Where Do I Go (Acoustic)")
  • Tobin Hyman - A&R coordination
  • Sara Marienthal - A&R coordination
  • Mike Condo - production coordination
  • Davy Baysinger (formerly of Bleach) - artwork

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".


  1. ^ "Relient K - The Bird and the Bee Sides - Album Review". July 1, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Full Review: Relient K - The Bird And The Bee Sides". 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". July 1, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Relient K - The Bird and the Bee Sides". Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Soul-Audio » Album Reviews » Relient K". 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 Retrieved July 8, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Relient K - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b " Relient K: The Bird and the Bee Sides - Official Pre-Order Store". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Bird and the Bee Sides Tracklisting and Contest - News Article". Retrieved January 9, 2012. 

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