Anberlin Announce 2013 Tour de Vital Headlining Dates

In support of their latest album Vital, Florida five-piece Anberlin have announced their first headlining tour throughout the U.S in 2013. Beginning the run on February 17th in their hometown of Orlando, the tour will see the band play such cities as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago before wrapping up on March 23rd in Silver Sprins, MD.

Releasing their sixth album Vital on October 16th, the album is now available for purchase with an exclusive track via iTunes. ‘VITAL’

Tour dates listed below:

17 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
18 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
19 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
21 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
22 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
23 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
26 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
27 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

1 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
3 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
4 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
5 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre
12 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
14 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
15 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
16 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
17 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
19 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
23 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore


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The members of Anberlin spent time penning music individually before heading into the studio with longtime producer Aaron Sprinkle. The band, which has always embraced the spirit of collaboration and democratic input, fostered an environment for all voices to rise to the surface, most recently notable in that of Nate, who wrote the basis of four songs that appear on Vital. The musician says, “I started trying different stuff – stuff what we normally wouldn’t do – and some of it stuck really well and some didnt. I would get the gist of something and send it to Christian, Joey or Stephen just to get their opinion and we’d work from that. I just got inspired and wanted to do more than just play drums.”

Nate’s ideas joined those of the other band members and Anberlin laid down the album over two sessions earlier this year, the first in Seattle and second in Nashville. Sprinkle, who helmed the group’s first three albums, helped fuse the band’s new predilections with past tendencies, building on his previous work with Anberlin. “We thought that with all we’d learned working with Aaron now seemed like perfect timing,” Stephen explains. “Now that we know exactly who Anberlin is, now that we know exactly where we want to go in the future. We just felt like it was the perfect time to work with him again.”

The resulting album reflects its title, refracting all is essential about Anberlin ten years and six albums into their career. Disc opener “Self-Starter,” a propulsive rocker pairs hard-hitting instrumentals with a surging melody. Another album standout, “Orpheum,” best reveals Anberlin’s collaborative spirit. Hoping to augment the number with chorus vocals the band put out a plea online for fans to submit YouTube videos of themselves singing, and in the end, four fans crafted the choral backdrop to the song. Although much of the album perpetuates Anberlin’s smashing rock songs, all facets of the band are showcased, particularly on “Innocent,” an electro-tinged ballad that almost didn’t make the record. “Anberlin hadn’t really experimented that much with those kind of beats,” Stephen says of the song. “And yet it ended up on the record. So even though this is our sixth record it may be one of the most creative ones that we’ve ever put out.”

It’s up to you to interpret how the meaning of Vital’s title applies to this album and to the band itself. For a group that has sold over a million records, toured the globe extensively and landed 2008’s single “Feel Good Drag” at No. 1 on Alt Radio and stayed on the chart for 59 weeks, there is a lot to sort through when determining the elemental aspects of Anberlin. For the musicians, though, success is measured mostly by longevity, something they credit their fans for. “I think the biggest testament of Anberlin is just how long we’ve been around,” Nate concludes. “We’ve always joked around that Anberlin is going slow and steady to win the race. I’m thankful that I feel like we’re actually at that point where we’re a real band.”