On January 16, 2014, it was announced in a video from the band that Anberlin would be disbanding; “In 2014, we’re going to release our final record and tour the world one more time. We don’t want to fade out. We want to end with hugs and celebrate the life that was Anberlin and not be bummed about us ending.” Staying true to their word, they released their seventh and final studio album, Lowborn, on their original label, Tooth & Nail Records, just last week. In addition, Anberlin has been on the road with Vans Warped Tour this summer, playing to crowds that gave them the same love and support when they were on the tour back in 2007 & 2008. Their set in Nashville yesterday contained fan favorites, new and old. Check out the video for their new single, “Stranger Ways,” directed by Daniel Davidson.
A mix of old and new was the perfect fit for Anberlin’s hometown arrival in Nashville. Lowborn has been described by singer Stephen Christian as ”eclectic and chaotic, just like a good Anberlin record should be.” The album was produced by the band and seemingly made to harness the expansive direction their music has taken over the past few years. The ten songs on Lowborn don’t necessarily follow after “Stranger Ways,” but pick up depth and energy to create a truly solid compilation.
There was a lot going on yesterday besides the Anberlin set, although that was probably my personal highlight. It was the first time Warped Tour had been to Nashville since 2005, and after being asked why they came back, founder Kevin Lyman explained in a panel discussion; “It’s time. The city’s grown up.” Nashville has evolved from being a town known for country music into a town known as the fastest growing city in the entertainment industry and even in the country. Warped Tour has changed as well. There has always been an overarching purpose to support bands and build community, but they are also offering help to kids that may be struggling with life. Organizations like Heart Support, Hope For the Day, I Am Second, To Write Love On Her Arms and more are on the tour as sponsors to help kids with struggles like mental illness, suicide, and abuse. And of course, there’s the bigger picture of being committed to get 13 year olds away from One Direction.
See Anberlin’s fall tour dates and get a copy of Lowborn by clicking on the album art below.
By Steve Harpine | Digital Content Manager | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC