A pathetic EP? As if!
Considering the exploding popularity of Relient K as Christian rocks new it band, ravenous fans want everything they can get their hands on. To keep them at bay, the growing gap between 2004s MMHMM and the next record is straddled with the eight-song Apathetic EP, a brief but arty collection mixing startling remakes with brand-new gems.
Apathetic EP is anchored by two examples of the bands trademark punk-charged guitar pop, The Truth and Apathetic Way to Be (which originally appeared on the limited-edition vinyl of MMHMM). Although some of the quirky wordplay and musical bounce is present, the rest of the disc shows Relient K moving away from its roots as heir apparent of Five Iron Frenzy and into newer territory.
The middle of the disc sports three haunting acoustic remakes. Be My Escape (acoustic) and Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet (acoustic) from MMHMM, and Over Thinking (acoustic) from 2003s Two Lefts Dont Make A Right
But Three Do, have been disassembled and rebuilt from the ground up as thoughtful, mature acoustic rockers.
A new track, the bittersweet In Like a Lion (Always Winter), inspired by the C.S. Lewis classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, clings to hope in the midst of darkness. The final two tracks, the dark piano ballad The Thief and an acoustic redux of the bands MTV hit, Who I Am Hates Who Ive Been, actually end the EP on a kind of downer.
But with the disc clocking in at under 30 minutes, its easy enough to hit play again and return to the vibrant opening rocker. Going full circle like that, Apathetic EP becomes a snapshot of this band in transition. As the guys continue to move away from their early goofball image and become young men of artistic substance, Apathetic EP documents their continued growth.
CHRIS WELL- CCMMagazine.com