Anberlin sat down with Billboard to talk about their “reconciliation:”
Christian is elated to return to Anberlin “with a revived passion.” This is on their terms with nobody breathing down their neck. “This feels so liberating,” he exclaims. “For the first time in probably eight years, I’m actually looking forward to a tour. We have already talked about quality of life. Sometimes you need to walk away and take time out or a break or a vacation so that life can talk to you. I think that money has a way of slaughtering the muse. It’s not just money – it’s responsibilities and mouths to feed. So many different dynamics are such a quick killer to the muse. And once she feels betrayed, it’s not easily accessible for some time. I just feel that sense of energy and electricity back in the air. That’s something that I haven’t felt in a long, long time.”
Anberlin have returned for a new summer tour.
Anberlin have announced some new shows in Australia.
Anberlin have announced a surprise show in Florida.
Anberlin have announced a show with Underoath in December. Their website has also been updated.
I’m honestly shocked. I remember reading this and everything else the band said when they did their final tour, and thinking they’d be one of the bands to never come back:
Honestly, we as Anberlin will never play another show. It would have to be such grandiose circumstances to change that, somebody sick, or something that’s just overwhelming that we couldn’t say no to. But I think it would take away from the legacy that we built, or tried to build anyway, as Anberlin, and I think it would take away from these shows if we were like “2018 we’re going to do a reunion!”
I think it’s kinda funny in hindsight that he mentioned 2018 specifically. Still, bring on more Anberlin! Guess it’s time to break out that discography again.
Update: Here’s a quote from the Underoath press release about this show:
“We’ve been playing shows in the Tampa area with Anberlin since we were basically kids,” Underoath said.”We knew them coming back to play this hometown show with us was a big ask — but it just felt right. We have said we couldn’t be more pumped to close out the ‘Erase Me’ tour with this show in our hometown. But we’ve been proven wrong.”
“All the Anberlin dudes reconnected over this last year, hung on the beach together, and then, when we got asked to play this show with Underoath, in our hometown, the answer was ‘yeah!,'” said Anberlin drummer Nathan Young. “I mean why wouldn’t we do that? Life is short and we should almost always say ‘yes’ to rad stuff. Plus, we’ve been homies with Underoath for 15-plus years. [Guitarist] Tim [McTague] is my brother-in-law and we’ve never played a proper show together. It’s just way overdue.”
SMLXL Vinyl has re-presses of Anberlin’s Cities and Never Take Friendship Personal on vinyl up for pre-order.
Stephen Christian, formerly of Anberlin, has debuted his new song “Trust.” You can stream it below via Alternative Press.
“Members of Anberlin” along with Stephen Christian will be performing at the Freedom Celebration 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
After they disbanded, members of Anberlin went on to other projects, including lead singer Stephen Christian, who is set to release a new solo album called Wildfires this summer. Stephen, along with members of Anberlin, will perform songs from his new album as well as music from Anberlin.
Stephen Christian, of Anberlin, will be releasing his new solo album Wildfires later this year.
Anberlin are selling a special “white out” box set version of their albums on vinyl. Pre-orders are now up.
In part two of our two-part interview, guitarist Christian McAlhaney gives an inside look into the surreal return of Acceptance, what it was like writing the band’s first album back, how Phantoms holds up 10 years later, and why they have no plans of leaving again any time soon.
Anberlin have released the vinyl box set, Help Yourself. The set is limited to 1000 and available exclusively on their online store.
It looks like Anberlin are teasing a vinyl box set of some kind on Instagram.
Stephen Christian, formerly of Anberlin, interviewed Max Bemis, still of Say Anything, in the most recent episode of his podcast. You can find that on Soundcloud or below.
Guitarist Christian McAlhaney compares his experiences in Anberlin and Acceptance, remembers first joining the band and fitting in right away, recalls working on Dark Is the Way and Vital, and clarifies why being a touring musician can be simultaneously joyous and difficult.
Lead singer Stephen Christian discusses Anberlin’s final album Lowborn, the excitement of the first two records, how being in the band taught him not to be scared to fail, and why leaving behind a legacy of responsibility is important.
Drummer Nate Young explains why 2014 will be Anberlin’s last year, sheds light on those weird album covers, reflects upon Cities and New Surrender, and talks about how starting in the band at the age of 15 molded him into the man he is today.
Guitarist Christian McAlhaney discusses Anberlin’s latest album Vital, major label troubles, reuniting with producer Aaron Sprinkle, and the past and future of Acceptance.
Stephen Christian talks about the fragmented process of making The Quiet Life, getting back to a family vibe with Anchor & Braille, the instability of being a musician, and what to expect on Anberlin’s upcoming album, Vital.
Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and Anberlin’s Stephen Christian converse about musical inspirations, writing when depressed, and not wanting to be placed in a box.