Though a legion of fans would surely like them to say it's not so, the members of Anberlin promise that they're not kidding about this being the Christian alt.rock band's final tour -- although it wasn't necessarily a unanimous decision.
"There are those of us who didn't want it to end -- I'm one of those," says guitarist Christian McAlhaney, although he and bassist Deon Rexroat do understand their bandmates' reasons for wanting to pull the plug on Anberlin after 14 years and seven albums, including this year's "Lowborn."
"This band has been on the road a long time, some even more than others. The past few years, as we've gotten older, people have gotten families and children and wives and we just started to realize life circumstances were pulling individuals away form the band and we were touring less and less every year and people could commit less and less to the band.
"We ultimately got to a point where we didn't want the legacy to suffer because of that. So it just seemed like the right time to kind of call it a day, say it's been a good run and we've accomplished much more than any of us ever dreamed we could. I call it a victory, and we're taking a victory lap."
Besides "Lowborn," McAlhaney, 34, says Anberlin is planning to document some of the farewell dates, including a New York performance of the 2007 album "Cities" in its entirety, and he acknowledges that "I've heard the term 'box set' thrown around." Meanwhile, he and Rexroat are starting a new band he describes as a "heavier, blues-rock kind of thing," and he doesn't necessarily close the door completely on Anberlin down the road, either.
"I personally would not be opposed to that, but I don't really know what timeline that would be," McAlhaney says. "I know the guys are pretty excited to get off the road and jsut focus on other passions, for sure, so I don't know if anybody's heads have really gone to that place yet.
"I mean, we're still doing our final tour, right? There hasn't been any talk of, 'When do you guys want to do a reunion?' That's not anywhere in any conversation."
Anberlin and Greek Fire
Monday, Nov. 3. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit.
Tickets are $35.
Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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