In covering the world premiere of the video "Impossible", I had the opportunity to talk to Anberlin lead vocalist Stephen Christian. "Impossible" is the first single from their latest album, Dark is the Way, Light is a Place, set for release on September 21st.
The song and video are amazing, but more amazing still is Stephen's discussion of what inspired it. As I said previously, you'll never be able to listen to an Anberlin song the same way again.
I'll be covering the review of the album prior to its release date, but until then, this is what Stephen had to say... and, as promised, he responds to being compared to U2, INXS, and Muse. A very cool guy.
Stephen Christian discusses the making of the first video "Impossible" from Anberlin's forthcoming album Dark is the Way, Light is a Place and the band's tour schedule.
I guess the first question I have is about the band's name... Anberlin. Where did it come from?
The band name came from a Radiohead song called "Everything in Its Right Place." If you listen, at about 2:36, you can hear some background noises. Upon first listen, I thought Thom was saying "anberlin", but upon investigation it was just noise — but we, as a band, like this band so much that we wanted to pay homage to their unique and forward thinking musicianship.
Listening to "Impossible" reminded me very much of some of my all time favorite bands. It sounds almost like someone threw INXS and Muse into a room and told them to create an updated version of U2's "Independence Day". It's just that powerful. A truly great song. Can you tell me a little about what inspired it?
WOW, that is the most incredible compliment anyone has ever given this song. Thank you so much. I always admired how Dylan Thomas had this open air conversation between him and God in a lot of his poetry. It was as if God was in the room with him and they talked... or screamed at each other. I think "Impossible" is the summation of my experience with love throughout the years; the conversations, the act of falling, the ecstasy, the failure, the screaming at each other... then repeat.