Anberlin have released their new EP, ‘Convinced,’ out today on Equal Vision Records. Following the release of their EP, ‘Silverline’ last summer, ‘Convinced’ finds the band continuing to build on their sonic palette. High-powered alternative rock meets a new wave influence to create a correspondence of light and dark moods.
Opener and lead single ‘Lacerate’ exemplifies the immense sound Anberlin has created, highlighted by thick guitars, pulsating drums, and the use of electronic elements. Throughout the EP, Stephen Christian’s vocals soar, laying reminder to one of the reasons why audiences fell for the band’s mid-’00s hits like ‘Feel Good Drag’ and ‘Paperthin Hymn.’
‘Decoder’ follows in the rock-forward footsteps of ‘Lacerate’ and packs an infectious chorus, while ‘Banshee’ finds the band embracing a more pop-driven sound. ‘Animals’ marks one of the band’s most ambitious tracks of late – a slow, gorgeous start builds into a heavy mesh of synths and guitars as you can hear the rage and passion in both the rhythm and vocals. It’s heavy and vibe-y at the same time, drawing influence from acts like Depeche Mode while still being very much Anberlin. The EP ends with the 7-minute long, lush ‘Nothing More,’ a love song that outros with calming waves of piano.
‘Convinced’ was self-produced by the band at Feral Sound Studios in Tampa, FL alongside help from friends Tim McTague (of Underoath), Chad Carouthers, and JJ Revell.
5. Nothing More
Anberlin will hit the road for a run of dates supporting Yellowcard this July. The band also has several planned festival appearances coming up including Capulet Fest in Connecticut this weekend, Iowa Is For Lovers festival in August and at Furnace Fest in September.
July 2nd – Capulet Fest – Thompson, CT
July 27th – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Irving, TX
July 29th – Arizona Financial Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
July 30th – YouTube Theater – Los Angeles, CA
August 01st – Petco Park – Gallagher Square – San Diego, CA
August 02nd – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
August 04th – WAMU Theater – Seattle, WA
August 06th – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
August 08th – Levitt Pavilion Denver – Denver, CO
August 20th – Iowa is For Lovers Fest – Council Bluffs, IA
September 22nd – Furnace Fest – Birmingham, AL