In 2008 alternative rock band Anberlin released their hit album New Surrender. The singles “Breaking” and “Feel Good Drag” climbed the charts with “Feel Good Drag” being named 2009’s “Rock Song of the Year” by FMQB. It will also be the featured song on the in-store version of “Guitar Hero 6”, due out in September. Anberlin’s songs have been included in the season finale of CW’s hit series The Vampire Diaries as well as 90210.
Today marks an exciting and historic day for Anberlin and for lead singer Stephen Christian. Today is the world premiere of the much-awaited video for the first single, “Impossible”, from their new album Dark is the Way, Light is a Place, set for release in September.
This album, produced by Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against The Machine), promises to blast Anberlin into a new realm of rock stardom. The buzz around the album promises something potent and the pre-release single “Impossible” is already climbing the charts.
I’ll be doing the review of that album prior to its September release, but first… I had the opportunity to chat with Anberlin lead singer, Stephen Christian about the new album and the single “Impossible”. I compared the sound of it to INXS, Muse, and U2. We’ll see what Stephen had to say about that later this week. He also talked about the personal project he’s involved in, his development of the organization Faceless International, which is focused on bringing “human trafficking” to an end.
Musically, Stephen reminds me very much of Bono (U2) and, as I noted previously, Michael Hutchence (INXS). Like those two profound singers he not only has the ability to create infectious, radio-friendly, pop songs, but he’s also just as capable of producing gut-wrenching, powerful, rock vocals that shake your soul to the core. No matter what the subject, Stephen Christian’s passion is always evident in his voice.
While most artists wouldn’t even bother to spit in your mouth if your tongue was on fire, Stephen has proven that he is not resigned to such apathy. He is a man on a mission. You can listen to Stephen talk about how Martin Luther King Jr. inspired him in writing the first track on the new album, “We Owe This to Ourselves”, in this audio segment from our interview. But be warned: you, like me, just might find yourself inspired by his words; you might not ever be able to listen to an Anberlin song the same way again.
With the help of the other four incredibly talented members of Anberlin, Stephen Christian proves that the message behind Dark is the Way, Light is a Place is not just the usual pop radio fluff, it’s a commitment to break through the fog of political lethargy; to find and share inspiration in a world over-concerned with self-regard; to elicit an epiphanous connection by reminding us of all that we’ve learned, and lost, in the past.
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