Q&A with alt-rockers Anberlin
Earlier this month, alternative-rock band Anberlin hit the road on a co-headlining tour with The Maine, traveling across the country to promote their upcoming special edition of last year’s Vital.
Hitting stores everywhere on October 15th, the new collection, titled Devotion, comes in two special edition packages. One is a two-album collection, with new songs and tracks from the band’s acoustic tour, and the other is a three-disc collection with over 44 tracks, including a DVD of the live acoustic tour.
The group hits Philadelphia on October 23rd, and will be performing at Union Transfer. Drummer Nathan Young was kind enough to answer a few questions about the special edition album, the importance of fan service, and what we can look forward to when they visit Philly.
So what should your anxious fans expect on this tour?
Little bit of what you get at every Anberlin show. A lot of energy, a lot of dancing a lot of singing, a lot of good times.
As a fan who has been listening to you guys since your Tooth & Nail days (Blueprints for the Black Market was my college jam!), I have to ask, what old stuff will you guys be playing on this tour?
Oh, thank you that is a long time. On this tour we definitely set out to have a good mix of all our stuff. We definitely pulled out some old jams that we haven't played in a long time. It's been a lot of fun so far.
Any chance Stephen will play a few Anchor & Braille songs?
Nope. [laughter] sorry!
You're on the road with The Maine! For readers who might be unfamiliar, what's a good intro to that band? What should they listen to? I thought Black & White was a lot of fun.
Personally, my favorite jam of theirs is Misery. Such a good song! It crushes live too. But their whole new album is great as well!
Vital was an incredible record, and I'm really looking forward to this special edition re-release! What can you tell us about it?
Thanks! With Devotion we wanted to basically have an extension of Vital. To where you hear [the] progression, but you still felt the same energy & the same vibe as Vital.
Hopefully we nailed it. We think we did but we'll see. [laughter]
You guys continuously have stunning album artwork. What can you tell us about the photo sequence on Vital and the special edition? Is there a story there?
Thanks so much. I really like this interview so far especially with all the compliments. [laughter]
Anyway for Vital and for every record that we do, we want them to really stand on their own and be another piece of art besides just the music. I feel like a lot of bands these days forget about the art and just slap something up there and don't put any thought towards it. We spend a lot of time making sure that everything fits and flows really well along with the music and the vibe of the album.
So for Vital we wanted to continue that process. Through our photographer, Bliss, I found the cover image and we approached the photographer (Aaron Feaver) about using his work for our cover. Then, with the re-release of Devotion, we wanted it to coincide with Vital but again, stand on its own with a new feel & vibe.
You're one of the few bands I notice actively creating amazing pre-orders for fans. Signed albums, handwritten lyric sheets, all that good stuff. Why do you think it’s important to do that? It must take a lot of time!
It does take a lot of time. But it's so worth it when you can really connect with fans with something like that. We want it to be worth the money and worth the investment and make them feel like they actually get something that's not just thrown together and a last minute thought.
We put tons of time to everything we do as a band. Down to the preorders, merch, photos… it's really important to us.
Now, back to Philly... you guys play here fairly often! Any favorite venues? And are there any places you just can't wait to visit when you roll in?
Yeah we love Philly. The Troc is such a good venue. We also level Electric Factory as well. Jim's is a must when we're there. Best cheesesteaks in Philly, for sure.
And while you're on the road... what are you listening to lately? Give our readers some recs.
Every tour is different for me. I'm always changing it up listening to different stuff. I've been jamming the 1975 a lot lately. Plus just really started getting into that new Drake album. I'm such a sucker for a sweet mix of R&B and hip-hop.
Anberlin plays Union Transfer on Wednesday, October 23rd. Tickets are available via Union Transfer.