Stephen Christian ▪ Vocals
Joeseph Milligan ▪ Guitar
Deon Rexroat ▪ Bass Guitar
Christian McAlhaney ▪ Guitar
Nathan Young ▪ Drums
When Anberlin signed to Tooth & Nail Records in the summer of 2002, you could almost see the stars in their eyes. Though wide-eyed awe generally accompanies a brand new, blooming band upon being given a major green light to their prospective career, there was something so instantly captivating about these Florida boys that immediately made believers of their biggest skeptics.
And with one of the most electrifying line-ups in tact, singer Stephen Christian, guitarist Joseph Milligan, bassist Deon Rexroat and protege drummer Nate Young were ready to take the world by storm; Furthermore their 2003 debut release, Blueprints for the Black Market, was a perfect launch to do so. Instantly charming audiences with their incessant choruses, shredding guitar lines and sheer pop-perfection, the album immediately received critical acclaim, something Anberlin had no problem backing up on stage as they joined tours with bands like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and Story of the Year.
With two years, hundreds of tour dates and tens of thousands of copies of Blueprints sold since then, Anberlin are eagerly poised for what's next. With time comes obvious maturity, something vocalist Stephen Christian doesn't shy away from. I don't feel that we as Anberlin have evolved into something our fans won't recognize, Christian explains, but I definitely think we have matured musically and broadened our listening tastes, coming into our own as a band.
This evolution can be witnessed in full on their February 2005 full-length sophomore release, Never Take Friendship Personal. Created with Blueprints producer Aaron Sprinkle, who recorded their debut without ever seeing the band live, the obvious change of NTFP from its predecessor is that magic word: maturity. But after Sprinkle witnessed the band's live set for himself, something else was quick to change as well. Never seeing us live, he never knew how intense we were, says Christian. He realized that the second album had to reflect what he saw live energy.
The energy nearly leaps off the disc mere seconds into the first track as Milligan's guitar explodes through the opening riff, captivating the listener with bated breath. Each instrument and vocal delivery are not only dynamic, but filled with a real sense of confidence only experience could bring them. Even in diverse tracks like the ballad Symphony of Blas, Anberlin shine both individually and as a collective force.
For a band that seems to have no problem creating hit songs, and joining some of the biggest tours in the country, success is almost expected. Still, it's one of the facets Anberlin have yet to fully come to terms with. We are amazed at the reaction from the last album, Christian elaborates. It's crazy how many bigger bands in our genre know our music and love Blueprints Just tonight we were here in North Carolina and an older gentleman came up to me and we talked for a couple of minutes about bands and music. He went on to tell me that his son Adam had gotten him hooked on Anberlin and he had been a fan ever since. I learned after leaving the show that the man that I had met was Adam from Taking Back Sunday's dad!! I couldn't believe it! Adam got his dad hooked on our music!
And just as it had that first summer, the sparkle returns to Christian's eye, even brighter than before, but this time showing so much more than mere potential of a young band, more than the excitement of what could be. This time there is a new confidence brewing, an excitement that is not only explosive but silently assuring their rise to the top.
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Great Stuff | Reviewer: Adam Rock | 1/20/14
With melodic harmonizing clean vocals, sometimes colorful guitars and every now and again some keyboards and synthesizers embracing straight up bass riffs and great beats through the drums, these boys can pack some punch as well through some crunchy riffs. Every album I've ever listened to since "Blueprints For the Black Market" is absolutely stellar as no song is alike.
amazing | Reviewer: Rachel S | 10/3/12
I started listening to this band back in 2006. This band has related so so many of the things i struggle through in this life. its not just about how the break ups/love stories are bad/great, but they go in depth in between them and take what good they can out of those situations. In a way, I have learned a lot from them with the lyrics they write. All five of them have inspired me to be better at what I do and not to expect perfection, but to go beyond even when you have done your best. I have yet to see them in concert, but I am saving up for the summer :)
Deep calls onto Deep! | Reviewer: JoAnn Gaudette | 10/11/11
The first time I heard Winding of a cablecar, I was going on a retreat to GA for an inner healing weekend. It was such a profound experience that i will always pair the two memories together. Anberlin is truely an inspiration that God has used for inner healing.
so amazing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/13/08
anberlin is amazing but even that is an understatement. their music is such an inspiration to me. stephen sing and writes about so many things i can relate with, stephen and joseph have an amazing talent (they all do) at getting through to their listeners with captivating lyrics that they understand. i can't wait to see their sucsess in the future! keep up the great work!
anberlin=love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/8/07
i absolutely love anberlin. i went to see them in concert in november. it was probably the best night of my life.
Love it | Reviewer: Catie | 3/18/06
i love this album. it is the type u can listen to if ur feeling mellow, if ur in the rocking out kinda mood, or if u just wana listen to something awesome. i would defiently recemend this
awsome anberlin | Reviewer: your mom | 5/20/05
My friend showed me the anberlin website and from then on i went crazy over it. i hope they tour the midwest somtime.
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