It is hard to believe that they have been around for less than a decade, seeing as they have already sold 400,000 albums and then some. It was all thanks to the middle school that brought lead singer Stephen Christian and bassist Deon Rexroat together. They were both set on making a band, like many budding musicians are in their early teens. What differentiated these boys was their choice to start up a Christian punk band. They called themselves SaGoh, which stood for Servants after God's own heart. Pretty soon the works of drummer Sean Hutson and guitarist Joseph Milligan came into play and the boys were on fire. They soon released two albums under Rescue Records, which didn't get too much hype. Around this time Hutson decided he wanted a family and left the group.
It was soon after that Milligan threw around the idea of a more rock type sound, and Christian took to it. Soon enough the works of Angering was created. The boys got signed by Tooth & Nail Records and soon enough released Anberlin's first studio album, Blueprints for the Black Market . Blueprints didn't do too well, but it had its saving grace in the highly acclaimed single, "Readyfuels".
With Anberlin going through many changes, one of which was the release of Joey Bruce, to which the other members decided he didn't have the right morals and values to continue jamming with them. It took a bit, but soon enough Nathan Strayer took Bruce's place, and in 2005 the boys of Anberlin came out with their follow up record album, Never Take Friendship Personal . This was the ticket Anberlin had that launched them into widely known success, and all the more to come. It hit #144 on the Billboard 200 Chart, and the single, "Paperthin Hymn" hit #38 on Hot Modern Rock Tracks.
Yet, it wasn't until back in 2007 when Anberlin came out with their most magical and popular album yet, Cities. Not only did it sell over 34,000 copies, but it go right up there to #19 on the Billboard 200. Strayer soon left the band and Christian McAlhaney took over. Anberlin then made the decision in 2007 to sign with Universal Republic Records and started right up on working toward their latest release, New Surrender . Anberlin definitely awed audiences everywhere when they caught wind of New Surrender , and their fan base only skyrocketed from what it had already faithfully accumulated.
The boys of Anberlin are on fire, and there is no putting them out. The opportunity to see them live is a rare one in the beginning stages of their booming career. Stay updated with ticket information as it becomes available for your seats to see Anberlin live at a city near you.