Late last year it was announced that Anberlin's next album would be their last and after a farewell tour supporting the record, the band would disband and they'd all move on to different things. Before they call things over with Anberlin the band is set to have a busy 2014. They have an impressive line of tour dates that will keep them busy through the end of the year and that new album, Lowborn doesn't come out until July 22nd. Alternative Addiction recently talked with Anberlin drummer Nate Young about the band's decision to disband and making their final album.
With anything like this there's going to be a lot of different things involved in the decision," started Young. "The main one though is the fact that we realized that we've had a twelve year career. With that, and as much as we've toured and with as many records as we've put out, we've said what we wanted to say and we've done what we've wanted to do. We always talked about how we pictured going out. We've seen it all, how every other band has done it. Some bands end up hating each other, then someone quits and it slowly falls apart. We've always said that we didn't want that to be us. It started to feel right that it was time to quit. We're five different people with five different lives. Before we made the decision, we had a great conversation about things. We realized that this was going to be our final year and our final album."
With the decision from the band, you'd expect a lot of negative feelings to be flying around. Some from the fans and some from within the band. That's not the case however, at least not for those within the band. Young himself says that he's incredibly grateful for what Anberlin has been able to do.
"Some of our favorite bands have only two or three albums. We have seven. It's more than we could have asked for. It's a long time and a huge accomplishment. For us it doesn't feel like we're going out early. Maybe for some of the fans it does, but not for us. We feel blessed and I'm super thankful that we've done this as long as we have," added Young.
As for that final album, Young says that even though they made it in different places and in a more fragmented way than they've made any other Anberlin record, they still made it like they would had this album not been the concluding one for Anberlin.
"It's finished and it's been done for awhile now," noted Young on the new album. "We're just waiting for the release date. Doing it the way we did it was surreal and it was such a cool feeling. I don't know that many bands who go in knowing it's their last record. Sometimes they know in the back of their head, but we knew going in so it was unique. For me, these songs on the record were nothing short of a miracle with all of our different styles and opinions. We thought about it being the last album, but we didn't want it to sound like that. We wanted this to sound like we were going to keep going as a band and we were going to keep progressing our sound. We didn't want to put out a record just to put out a record. We wanted to push ourselves and try new things. We did that and looking back it was really fun."
You can pick up Anberlin's final record, Lowborn on July 22nd.