In celebration of this week’s release of Anberlin's final album, Lowborn, we have been posting an in-depth, three-part interview special looking back over the band’s 12-year career. The final installment with guitarist Christian McAlhaney is now available here, while part II with vocalist Stephen Christian is here and part I with drummer Nate Young is here.
From the moment they asked me to be in the band, its been pretty epic, honestly. I feel very blessed and very grateful to have been able to have done this in two different bands now. Most musicians and kids growing up who had dreams and aspirations of being in a touring band, Id say for 99% of them it doesnt work out. It doesnt pan out. For me to have done it once in Acceptance toured, been on a label, put out records thats an amazing, amazing thing. To do it twice, and even on a bigger scale with Anberlin, I feel extremely blessed.
You can read our interview with The Ghost Insidehere. The band is set to release their fourth full length album in the fall on Epitaph Records, which includes guest vocals from Jason Butler of letlive.
Lyrically, its about the fact that Im getting a little older now, and its about the opportunities that you have when youre younger. When you first start getting into adulthood, you have so many open doors and so many opportunities and so many places to go and things to do literally, the world is whatever you want it to be.
It’s pretty hard to argue that Rise Records isn’t one of the top independent record labels out there. Thinking about it, the first time I had ever heard of the label was when Drop Dead, Gorgeous played at a Christian festival Tomfest in July of 2006. I remember learning about new bands through the label’s sampler CD’s (remember those?) - this was one of my first exposures to bands like The Devil Wears Prada and more. The following AbsolutePlaylist is a collection of what I consider to be Rise Records very best - hopefully you find a new artist or two to check out and support. Definitely include links to your own favorites in the replies.
I’ve spent more time in Logic Pro X over the last 48 hours than I care to admit. Now, following on the heels of yesterday’s special episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, we have your regularly scheduled episode ready for listening. You can spend so much time with us over the weekend now! This week we touch on a variety of topics: Should we re-order how an artist has set a track listing? Why is everyone so judgemental online about music tastes? Are 5 Seconds of Summer a pop-punk band and why does anyone care? What is the point of an album review on AP.net? Will Andrew McMahon blow up this time? How did AP.net get popular and why? We tackle all these questions and more. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Shirts for a Cure were robbed yesterday at Warped Tour.
Yesterday, an unexpected misfortune struck Shirts for a Cure. Our booth on the Warped Tour was robbed of a significant amount of donations we have received throughout our summer fund raising effort. These funds were designated to help with our ongoing financial support of the Community Health Center in Chicago. We do not want to let this organization down so we are reaching out to you, our community of loyal supporters to help us continue to help others. Please help spread the word (repost, retweet, retumble) and donate at: http://apdot.net/1reNXuF Thank you. #fuckcancer