Anberlin is a band I have loved for about 10 years. I have gotten a chance to shoot them a time or two in the past, so when I learned they were going to be in my area I reached out again to the band. They let me know they liked my work and I would be able to come hang out and take pictures of them before and during the show.
So I spent last Tuesday with them in NYC at Webster Hall, and Wednesday at Starland Ballroom in NJ. These photos are going to be from NJ- they just happened to be the ones I edited first.
Soundcheck/Pre-show Baseball with Anberlin:
Both nights left me thinking what a great line up this was. A lot of times there is usually at least one band on the bill who I don't really love, but that wasn't the case here. All 4 bands are incredible, and I enjoyed getting to hang out and shoot them two nights in a row.
On a personal level, I love Anberlin. They are sounding better than ever. It has always boggled my mind why they aren't one of the biggest bands in the world. Stephen Christian has one of the most incredible voices out there today. The rest of the band; Christian, Joey, Deon and Nathan- they play with an energy and are always spot on. I picked up their Vital re-release, Devotion and it is all fantastic. The remix album plus the live DVD are well worth the money.
There is a lot of pretty terrible music out there. When we can, we need to do what we can to support bands that are actually talented. This tour is full of 4 of them. The tour is currently over, but you should check out these bands whenever they are playing in your town.