A RELEVANT Investigation: What Does Eve 6 Want to Talk to Relient K About?

Late Sunday night, the official Twitter account of 90s alt-rock champs Eve 6 posted a cryptic tweet, all the more strange for its presumptive brevity.

“is relient k on this site i have a question”. Hmm. Let’s investigate.

First up, the players. Rock fans of a certain age will know Eve 6 as the Southern California act behind “Inside Out” (the “heart in a blender” song) and “Here’s to the Night.” They’ve been on and off again as a band since the mid-90s but the band was extremely important to a generation of kids practicing kick flips and hackey sack in their checkered Vans in the school parking lot.

Relient K you’ll remember as one of the Contemporary Christian Music’s most successful forays into pop punk or power pop or whatever you want to call it. An Ohio group with a canny knack for swerving back and forth between cheeky youth group humor, teen angst and sincere expressions of faith and doubt, Relient K was one of those bands who embraced the fact that their Christian styling made them an awkward fit in the rock scene and was better for it.

What do the two bands have to do with each other? Well, before Sunday night, not much.

First, it’s always interesting when bluecheck accounts use their Twitter followers like Google, crowdsourcing the answers to questions that are easily searchable. When it comes to Twitter, the Eve 6 account is prolific — even, insofar as someone can be, talented. Lead Eve 6-er Max Collins, who runs the account, has recently garnered a lot of attention for his funny, self-effacing Twitter presence that offers pop culture commentary, behind-the-scenes tales from the late 90s scene and even the occasional piece of self promotion (new EP out in June!) Collins definitely knows he could see if Relient K is on Twitter. He’s just choosing not to. But he does have a question for them.

Second, yes, Relient K is on Twitter. As are its members Matt Thiessen, Matt Hoopes and Jon Schneck. They’re fairly active too, having recently gotten in on the whole Bernie meme thing, so it’s safe to say they might be willing to engage if tagged. But Eve 6 didn’t tag them.

However, that’s where our story takes a turn. One Eve 6 fan did call out Schneck and that’s where we get a little window into what might be happening here.

Hmmm. Curious. The song in question is “That’s My Jam” from Relient K’s 2013 album Collapsible Lung, which is a lyrical tour of late 90s pop music mainstays like 311, Blur and, yes, Eve 6. Now what any of this has to do with the Chainsmokers is an even bigger mystery but it feels like we’re getting a little warmer here. As far as we can tell, Relient K and Chainsmokers have never collaborated on any projects but you never know exactly who crosses paths with who in showbiz.

So we are not yet clear on exactly what is going on but like Relient K themselves, we are pressing on. So far, it looks like there is no petty beef to settle or even anything particularly dramatic going on, unless this Chainsmokers story really delivers, but we will keep everyone informed as we learn more.

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