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Anberlin Set To Release Final Album on July 22
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 Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Anberlin will release their last album, lowborn, on July 22, 2014. This album brings Anberlin full circle as lowborn will be released on Tooth & Nail, the first record label to which Anberlin was signed. Instead of recording the album together, the musicians did their parts with separate producers they each selected. Drums were recorded with Matt Goldman in Atlanta and later combined with bass and guitar in Lakeland, FL with Copeland's Aaron Marsh. Vocals were recorded with the band's longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle in Franklin, TN.

Consisting of Stephen Christian (vocals), Joseph Milligan (guitar), Devon Rexroat (bass), Nathan Young (drums), and Christian McAlhaney (guitar), Anberlin have been a band for 12 years. The rock group formed in central Florida in 2002 and have released six innovative and sincere albums that have affected fans in deeply emotional ways. lowborn will be the band's seventh and final full-length.

"Usually breakups happen quickly and suddenly, an implosion of sorts," McAlhaney says. "What is unique about the end of Anberlin is that we discussed where people were at in their lives, what that meant for the band, and then made plans for the end on our own terms." lowborn reflects true artistic freedom for the band, who felt liberated from any sort of expectation or pressure. "I wanted to enjoy the creative process one more time, with no restrictions, no one breathing down my neck for a single," Christian says. "Just unadulterated creative freedom."

The musicians started collecting new material at the end of last year. The idea was not to crank out as many songs as possible but to actually focus on crafting solidly good ideas that melded each musician's individual tastes and influences. "We were really honest with each, probably more so than in the past," Young says. "You have to come to a point where, with different opinions, there's no right or wrong. There was a fearlessness which was really freeing and exciting for all of us. To just not have to think about anything else except what's the best thing for the song." Some of the album's lyrics address the band's end and history. "I know there are going to be a lot of questions as to why we decided to break up and I explain it all in the song 'Atonement,'" Christian says. "And I want to make sure that the our fans and friends know that we will always remember them, and the moments spent with them were some of the greatest of my entire life. I tried to convey that in the song 'Harbinger.'" Another track, "Stranger Ways," first appeared in demo form in the band's farewell video earlier this year.

Each musician has plans for the future after Anberlin, some concrete and some vague, some musical and some not. Those plans, in various ways, will be revealed in the coming months. For everyone, this is a celebration of what has been achieved rather tahn the mourning of a loss. "This is the end of an era of my life," Rexroat says. "A long and great era. It also means a new beginning. It's overwhelming to think about filling all my time with something new, but it's also exciting."

Anberlin will release their final album, lowborn, on June 23rd, 2014 via Tooth & Nail Records, followed by a farewell world tour.

Tour Dates: Vans Warped Tour 2014: 6/13         Reliant Park Main St. Yellow Lot                       Houston, TX
6/14         AT&T Center                                                   San Antonio, TX
6/15        Gexa Energy Pavilion                                        Dallas, TX
6/17        Isleta Amphitheater                                           Albuquerque, NM
6/18        Quail Run Park                                                 Mesa, AZ
6/19        Luxor Festival Grounds                                     Las Vegas, NV
6/20        Pomona Fairplex                                              Pomona, CA
6/21        Shoreline Amphitheatre                                     Mountain View, CA
6/22        Seaside Park                                                   Ventura, CA
6/25        Sleep Train Amphitheatre                                  Chula Vista, CA
6/26        Sleep Train Amphitheatre                                  Wheatland, CA
6/28        White River Amphitheatre                                  Auburn, WA
6/29        Portland Expo Center Parking Lot                      Portland, OR
7/2          Verizon Wireless Amphitheater                         Maryland Heights, MO
7/3          Klipsch Music Center                                       Noblesville, IN
7/4          The Flats At Molson Canadian Amphitheatre      Toronto, Canada
7/5          Parc Jean Drapeau                                          Montreal, Canada
7/6          PNC Bank Arts Center                                     Holmdel, NJ
7/16        Riverbend Music Center                                   Cincinnati, OH
7/17        Blossom Music Center                                     Cuyahoga Falls, OH
7/18        The Palace of Auburn Hills                               Auburn Hills, MI
7/19        First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre                      Tinley Park, IL
7/20        Canterbury Park                                               Shakopee, MN
7/22        Merriweather Post Pavilion                                Columbia, MD
7/23        Farm Bureau Live                                             Virginia Beach, VA
7/24        Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood                    Atlanta, GA
7/25        Vinoy Park                                                      St. Petersburg, FL
7/26        Cruzan Amphitheatre                                        West Palm Beach, FL
7/27        Central Florida Fairgrounds                               Orlando, FL
7/28         PNC Music Pavilion                                        Charlotte, NC
7/29         Tennessee State Fairgrounds                           Nashville, TN
7/30         Marcus Amphitheater                                       Milwaukee, WI
7/31         Cricket Wireless Amphitheater                          Bonner Springs, KS
8/2           Sports Authority Field At Mile High                    Denver, CO
 The Final Tour:
* More Dates TBA
8/6           Cathouse                                                        Glasgow, UK
8/7           Manchester Academy                                      Manchester, UK
8/8           Electric Ballroom                                             London, UK
8/9           Frizon Festival                                                Kumla, Sweden
8/29         Bar Opiniao                                                     Porto Alegre, Brazil
8/30         Music Hall                                                       Curitiba, Brazil
8/31         Carioca Club                                                    Sao Paulo, Brazil
9/3           Metropolis                                                       Fremantle, Australia
9/4           The Gov                                                          Adelaide, Australia
9/6           The Hifi                                                           Brisbane, Australia
9/7           The Roundhouse                                              Sydney, Australia
9/9           The Forum                                                       Melbourne, Australia
11/11       Theatre of Living Arts                                        Philadelphia, PA
11/12       House of Blues                                                 Boston, MA
11/13       Irving Plaza                                                      New York, NY
11/15       Theatre of Living Arts                                        Philadelphia, PA - SOLD OUT

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