Eleven years in, and few
alternative bands can claim the sort of consistent success and stability
that Anberlin has. With six successful studio albums and tours with 30
Seconds to Mars and Taking Back Sunday under its belt, the group has
enjoyed a smooth ride.
lot of bands cant keep together a year, let alone 10, lead singer
Stephen Christian said. Its really cool, and I feel really lucky.
Were all five equals. Whatever one gets, the other gets. Its beyond
people in a band. Its a brotherhood, and people dont want to leave
But if anything
negative comes out of consistency, its tediousness, which is why the
Florida five-piece much like a married couple is shaking things up;
Anberlin currently is on an acoustic tour, stopping Friday at The
seems like we play the same songs and the same sets for years on end,
Christian said. We dont feel challenged in our own music anymore. On
top of that, we wanted to give fans something different. It feels a lot
The shake-up doesnt stop there, either. A similar mindset took Anberlin into its sixth album, Vital, which hit shelves in late 2012. The title choice wasnt an arbitrary one.
was a goal, Christian said. It wasnt supposed to be the title; we
just set out with that in mind: to make a vital record ... something
vibrant and alive. We accomplished that.
some of the groups most positive reviews to date, which Christian
claims is due to the return to longtime producer/collaborator Aaron
Sprinkle (Relient K, Deftones) and an extended stay in the studio.
allowed ourselves to explore, be it horns, electronics or just
distortion pedals, Christian said. We did whatever we felt like doing,
and we had the time to afford that.
Anberlin aches to get back to recording, eying some time later this
year after falls trip across the pond with The Maine. Still, Anberlin
can rest easy if it so chooses knowing the alt-rock outfit made the
mark it wanted.
you look back in time, theres got to be that record you go back and
show people, Christian said. We wanted to make that record that
Anberlin fans in the future would use as a gateway for new listeners
and I think we have.
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