By: Lauren Napier
Reliant K, a band named after a
Plymouth car from the 80's, is a much more serious
band than the name might imply. They have shared staged
with such pop-punk bands as New Found Glory and Good
Charlotte. An Ohio group, Reliant K releases album
after album of rock n roll riffs and pop hooks that
snag them many fans. They even find the time throw
a little harmony in there. Dave was kind enough to
take the time to do an interview with SMASH and here
Smash Magazine: What’s the basis for the band’s
Dave: The band’s name actually just comes from
that really crappy economy car in the 80’s.
SM: How did you get together?
Dave: A couple of the guys grew up together and they
had known each other for a long time and I went to
college in the town that they’re from. So Reliant
K was actually a local band and I was in a local band
at the time. We ended up playing a lot of the same
places. We became friends and I got to know the guys
SM: Could you describe the song writing process?
Dave: Matt is sort of the mastermind behind that.
Basically he just comes up with his ideas and lyrics
and whatnot and has a rough idea of the song and the
basic structure of it - the chord structure. Then
we all get together and run through it and make little
tweaks and changes. It takes the course of a couple
months usually by the time it’s all finalized.
Matt does about 90 percent of it really.
SM: Who/What are your major influences?
Dave: Oh man, the influences list is huge. Pretty
much about every kind of pop-punk band that you can
think of has some influence. Some of the more interesting
influences are things like the beach boys. So we do
a lot, well we try to do a lot, of harmony and kind
of use some little percussion things. Even things
like Ben Folds and things that have kind of piano
to them as well. And that’s coming through more
and more on each record.
SM: What genre would you label your band as?
Dave: Genre...well, if I had to I’d just say
it was rock ‘n Roll and it had some pop punk
influence in it. But I kind of stay away from getting
too specific. I don’t know - no one really likes
to pigeonhole themselves into a category, so I like
to just think of it as Rock n Roll.
SM: What political issues most concern you?
Dave: Personally...We’re getting into politics
- is this a good thing? I follow politics at leas
somewhat, so any of the current issues. Especially
foreign policy right now with everything that’s
going on. As well as just some ethical issues, I don’t
really want to get terribly specific right now.
SM: What occupies your time besides music?
Dave: I don’t know...I do a lot of music. I
hang out with my wife a lot. There’s that. I
enjoy playing a few Playstation games form time to
time. Other than that, it’s mostly music in
many different facets. Beyond reliant K, I’m
really just a fan of music. And personally I work
on a bunch of my own stuff - I have my own home studio.
SM: What is you favorite song out of your material
Dave: I think right now, even though it always changes
from album to album as we write new stuff, one of
my favorites is “I So Hate Consequences”.
I think one of the reasons is just because the energy
level of it is just super high energy. It’s
just a lot fun to play and I get to sing a bit more
on that one than I do on the other stuff.
SM: What is in your CD player right now?
Dave: Today I was listening to Sleeping at Last. Let’s
see what else have I been listening to recently. I’ve
been really just browsing around on the iTunes music
store the last couple days and been finding all these
random bands that I haven’t heard from in years.
So I’ve been sampling all this really old music
and it’s half serious, half laughing about the
things I used to listen to. I’ve been listening
to LetterKills lately. It’s kind of post-punk
mixed with like Guns N Roses or something. I’ve
been listening to The Living End - kind of rockabilly,
they’re from Australia. It’s pretty rockin’.
SM: What is your biggest regret?
Dave: I got one. It’s kind of a sticky one because
one of my biggest regrets is not finishing college
(Commercial Music Technology @ Malone College). I’m
12 credits away from finished, but the reason I didn’t
finish is because I had to make the choice to either
finish school or join Reliant K. So I joined the band
and I don’t regret that, however, I do regret
not being able to finish school. that's kind of a
multi part answer
SM: Any last comments?
Dave: Our next project...I know that in a couple days
we are actually going into the studio to record one
cover song for a comp called Punk Goes 80’s.
We’re doing Manic Monday. That should be fun.
I’m not really sure when that comp should be
coming out though.