Anberlin, 'Stranger Ways': Exclusive Song Premiere
Anberlin is determined to go out with one final bang.
After 12 years and six studio albums, the alternative rock outfit's members have decided their upcoming album release, "lowborn," is to be the last.
The set manages to bring Anberlin back to where it all began, as "lowborn" will be released through Tooth & Nail. The record label released the band’s first full-length set, the Aaron Sprinkle-produced "Blueprints for the Black Market," back in 2003. Sprinkle is back on board for "lowborn."
"Stranger Ways" is the first single off "lowborn," which is due out June 23. Billboard has an exclusive premiere of the track below.
During sessions for the album, the band members – Stephen Christian (vocals), Joseph Milligan (guitar), Deon Rexroat (bass), Nathan Young (drums), and Christian McAlhaney – did away with convention. The musicians recorded their parts with separate producers they each selected, rather than cut the project as a unit. The 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 Sprinkle in Franklin, TN.
Christian tells Billboard that Sprinkle was "so upset when he heard stranger ways, he told me that he should have done the entire record just because he loved this particular song so much."
Christian also has strong feeling about the song, which he says "embodies a lot of what Anberlin will be remembered for; the 80's influence, dark dactylic lyrics, and intriguing melodies and music." The song "is not the embodiment of the record,” he continues. "Many people are going to hear this and think the entire record is this somber, but rest assured ‘lowborn’ is eclectic and chaotic, just like a good Anberlin record should be."
The band members will go their separate ways following a farewell world tour. Additional dates for the U.S. and elsewhere will be announced shortly.
Track Listing for "Lowborn":
1.We Are Destroyer
4.Velvet Covered Brick
6.Birds Of Prey
8.Losing It All
(*Vans Warped Tour 2014)
June 13 - Reliant Park Main St. Yellow Lot, Houston, TX
June 14 - AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
June 15 - Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
June 17 - Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
June 18 - Quail Run Park, Mesa, AZ
June 19 - Luxor Festival Grounds, Las Vegas, NV
June 20 - Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA
June 21 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
June 22 - Seaside Park, Ventura, CA
June 25 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
June 26 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, CA
June 28 - White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
June 29 - Portland Expo Center Parking Lot, Portland, OR
July 2 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, MO
July 3 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 4 - The Flats At Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Canada
July 5 - Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, Canada
July 6 - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
July 16 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 17 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 18 - The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
July 19 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
July 20 - Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN
July 22 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
July 23 - Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VA
July 24 - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
July 25 - Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FL
July 26 - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
July 27 - Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, FL
July 28 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
July 29 - Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN
July 30 - Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI
July 31 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
Aug. 2 - Sports Authority Field At Mile High, Denver, CO
The Final Tour:
Aug. 6 - Cathouse, Glasgow, U.K.
Aug. 7 - Manchester Academy, Manchester, U.K.
Aug. 8 - Electric Ballroom, London, U.K.
Aug. 9 - Frizon Festival, Kumla, Sweden
Aug.29 - Bar Opiniao, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Aug.30- Music Hall, Curitiba, Brazil
Aug.31 - Carioca Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sept.3 - Metropolis, Fremantle, Australia
Sept.4 - The Gov, Adelaide, Australia
Sept.6 - The Hifi, Brisbane, Australia
Sept.7 - The Roundhouse, Sydney, Australia
Sept.9 - The Forum, Melbourne, Australia
Nov.11 - Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Nov.12 - House of Blues, Boston, MA
Nov.13 - Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Nov.15 - Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
(More dates TBA)