This week on FRESH hear Anberlin’s final album ‘Lowborn’, as they get set to bring to it to Australia on their last World Tour.
Debuting on July 23rd, ‘Lowborn’ marks the end of an era for the Florida band who’ve collected a committed fanbase across their 7 album 15 year career as alternative rock favourites.
Known for their internal solidarity and precise musical intention, it was a surpise to fans to hear last year they planned to call it quits, but Guitarist Christian McAlhaney says they chose to do it without compromise:
“Usually breakups happen quickly and suddenly, an implosion of sorts. 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.”
With the freedom to decide their own end, they approached ‘Lowborn’ with a fearlessness untapped in previous projects, as they cast aside the pressures and limittation of record labels and radio play:
“I wanted to enjoy the creative process one more time, with no restrictions, no one breathing down my neck for a single,” lead singer Stephen Christian says. “Just unadulterated creative freedom.”
“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’. 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.”
All have plans for the future, which they say will be revealed in coming months, but until then they say this Final Tour “will be a time of celebrating what’s been achieved, and not the mourning of a loss.”
Tune in to FRESH this Saturday night from 8pm to hear ‘Lowborn’ in full, and catch Anberlin in Sydney for one last time in September.