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Interview:
New music means more than anniversary to Anberlin
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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It's been 10 years since the Florida rock troupe Anberlin released its debut album, "Blueprints for the Black Market" -- which drummer-songwriter Nathan Young and his bandmates find "crazy."

But, he adds, the time has flown by for the quintet.

"It definitely doesn't feel like it's been 10 years, that's for sure," says Young, 25. "It's weird because I was so young when we did that record, it does feel like a vague dream -- like childhood. But, yeah, 10 years is a long time. It's definitely gone by quickly."

With a new album, "Vital," out just six months ago, however, Anberlin isn't planning to any kind of special commemoration for the anniversary.

"A lot of bands do, like, the 10-year thing where they play the record front to back," Young says. "I think that works for some bands, but we feel like the more current record is kind of more the fans' favorite, so it would be weird to go back and play that (first one). Maybe we'll do one home show or something, but I don't think you'll see us doing a whole tour like that."

Instead Young says Anberlin wants to keep the spotlight on "Vital," which debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200, Top 10 on the Rock and Alternative charts and at No. 1 on the Christian Albums survey. It's a relief for the band, because "Vital" finds the group experimenting with different sounds and techniques, including some electronic textures.

"When we started writing this record, I think we all kind of knew we had to change and really step out of our box and change it up," Young explains. "We're a rock band, but we've got to progress with a sixth album. We wanted to keep it to that rock thing but just change it up.

"Any time you step out of your box like that and try something different, it's always a risk. You wonder if the old fans will take to it, but they don't seem too upset with what we've done, so that's a relief."

Anberlin and Paper Route perform Friday, March 15, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Door open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16.50. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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