Anberlin is an alternative rock band formed in 2002. They released three records under independent label Tooth & Nail Records before being signed to Universal Republic in 2007. Their first single from major label debut New Surrender
, "Feel Good Drag", a remake of a song from their sophomore album Never Take Friendship Personal
, reached number one on the modern rock charts and gave them mainstream success.
As of 2014, they've announced plans to release one more album, Lowborn
, and go on a world tour before dissolving the band.
- Blueprints for the Black Market (2003)
- Never Take Friendship Personal (2005)
- Cities (2007)
- New Surrender (2008)
- Dark Is the Way, Light Is A Place (2010)
- Vital (2012)
- Lowborn (2014)
- Stephen Christian (vocals)
- Deon Rexroat (bass)
- Nathan Young (drums)
- Joesph Milligan (lead guitar)
- Christian McAlhaney (rhythm guitar)
This band provides examples of:
- Altum Videtur: A few song titles, one example of which is "Misearbile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)", which translates to "a terrible event (out of bad comes good)".
- Audience Participation Song: A few lines and the "woah-oh-oh-oh"s in "Godspeed". The word "Repair" during the main chorus of "Dismantle. Repair." During their most recent tour, Stephen would tell the audience to call the person next to them on their cell phone and hold the phones to each other during their acoustic cover of "Mother".
- Careful With That Axe: More prevalent in their older works (see "Never Take Friendship Personal" and the original "The Feel Good Drag").
- Either/Or Title: Never Take Friendship Personal has the fourth track, "(The Symphony of) Blasé" being the title on the tracklist, also referred to as "Amsterdam".
- Epic Instrumental Opener: "Debut", a separate track that serves as the opening for "Godspeed" (and the album itself). The trope is invoked ironically on "A Heavy-Hearted Work of Staggering Genius", the preceding track to Never Take Friendship Personal closer "Dance, Dance Christa Päffgen".
- Epic Rocking: "Dance, Dance Christa Paffgen", "Fin", "Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)", "God, Drugs, and Sex". All of which are the last tracks of their respective albums (Never Take Friendship Personal, Cities, New Surrender, Vital).
- Incredibly Long Note: Stephen likes to show off occasionally. "The Haunting" and "Fin" have long notes that often become twice as long when preformed live.
- Kids Rock: The choir in "Fin".
- Love Is A Drug: "Dance, Dance Christa Paffgen".
"Don't need no drugs, (you're my chemical)
Now I'm dependent, (swear I'm clinical)
Addicted to those glances, taking chances tonight,
I need a fix in those heroin eyes..."
- Not Christian Rock
- One Woman Song: "Adelaide" was supposed to seem like this (and does), but it's actually a song Stephen wrote about... himself (and it's named after the city).
- Old Shame: Before Anberlin, a few founding members were in a Christian punk band called SaGoh (an acronym for "Servants After God's Own Heart) 24/7. Stephen often likes to pretend this never happened.
- Religion Rant Song: "Fin" is type 3 (directed towards people in the church rather than Christianity itself).
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Reclusion". "Hello Alone" as well, though it ends on a positive note.
- Shout-Out: "A Heavy-Hearted Work of Staggering Genius" is a play on the title of Dave Eggers's book "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius".
- Title Only Chorus: "Closer".