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Anberlin is an alternative rock band consisting of Christian members that was formed in 2002. Even though their debut album, Blueprints for the Black Market, was released barely a year after the band formed, Anberlin were already amassing a dedicated fan base through steady touring with other bands on their label, Tooth & Nail Records and promotion via their MySpace.
The bandmates started the group in 2002, after the demise of their previous group, known as SaGoh 24/7.
Vocalist Stephen Christian had long planned to name his first daughter Anberlin. Struggling to find a name for the band, Stephen suggested it. "We were all sitting around trying to come up with a name. None of us were married or had kids, but one day I was going to name my daughter Anberlin, so I figured we could name the band that until we thought of something better. So we chose Anberlin and no one has thought of anything better." He no longer plans to use Anberlin to name his first daughter, however: "If I ever have a daughter and name her Anberlin, she'll think she was named after the band instead of the other way around."
Another rumor of where Anberlin got it's name is when lead singer Stephen Christian stated in an interview that the band's name "Anberlin" was created when he was thinking about cities in Europe he wanted to visit. In his mind he listed "London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin". Stephen thought that "And Berlin" would be a cool name for a band and so when the band was looking for a name Stephen suggested "And Berlin", which was then modified to "Anberlin".
Blueprints for the Black Market was quite successful. Spurred on by popular singles "Readyfuels" and "Change the World," it sold over 60,000 copies and raised Anberlin's profile. They released their second album, Never Take Friendship Personal, in February 2005. The album was praised by critics, garnering favorable reviews and winning the band new fans. The album's title derived from the departure of guitarist Joey Bruce. His leave from the band left its mark on the band. Bruce had other intentions in mind for the band and didn't share the same philosophy as his other bandmates had. Stephen Christian said in an interview that Bruce was all about the sex and drugs, and wanted fame. Their friendship was said to have ended. Bruce is now the singer/guitarist for the band Mouse Fire.
Prior to its release, the band promoted the album by releasing a track per week on their Purevolume and Myspace website accounts, as well as on their own website. So far, two "radio singles" have been released from the album: "A Day Late" and "Paperthin Hymn". Both have been quite successful on alternative rock radio. A video for "A Day Late" has been released and the video for "Paperthin Hymn" was released on March 17, 2006.
Furthermore, Anberlin recorded covers of the Bob Dylan song "Like a Rolling Stone", the Depeche Mode song "Enjoy the Silence," the Cure's "Love Song," and the popular Christmas song "Baby Please Come Home," included on compilation albums in 2005.
Singer Stephen Christian is also working on some solo music under the name of Anchor & Braille with Aaron Marsh of Copeland, which is expected to take the form of a full length album in summer of 2007.
The band performed on G4's Attack of the Show on March 23, 2006. They also performed in New Zealand in early 2006.
Anberlin released an exclusive download on PureVolume on 04 September 2006 of their song A Day Late done in an acoustic version, during Tooth and Nail's New Music Release week on Tooth and Nail's PureVolume, MySpace and their website.
Anberlin's third album produced by Aaron Sprinkle in 2006 was released on February 20, 2007 under the title Cities.
In an AP interview about their new CD, vocalist Stephen commented that the lyrics throughout the bands discography are progressively becoming more adult. "The first CD (Blueprints for the Black Market) was childish in the manner that it was Man vs. World in the lyrics. The second (Never Take Friendship Personal) was Man Vs. Man. Cities is more adult in the manner that it's Man vs. Self."
The band released a digital EP on iTunes on December 28, 2006. On this EP is one song from their new album Cities titled "Godspeed" and one unreleased song titled "The Haunting." The EP was originally to include a video of the making of Cities. However, the video is not included with the EP. A full version of their CD is available to listen on their MySpace.
On the new album CIties, they have done a cover of "The Promise" by When In Rome. Most people know this song from the hit movie Napoleon Dynamite