Florida alternative rock outfit Anberlin only recently signed to a major label, but the band has been playing together for years. Originally formed in 1998 by singer Stephen Christian and bassist Deon Rexroat, what is now Anberlin began as a Christian punk band called Servants After God's Own Heart 24/7, often shortened to SaGoh. The group released two independently produced records as SaGoh, eventually leading to a record deal with Tooth & Nail Records, a Christian record label that has seen mainstream success with crossover acts like Copeland and Hawk Nelson. Upon their signing to Tooth & Nail the band decided to drop their punk sound and adopt a more conventional rock style, renaming themselves Anberlin and eventually rounding out their lineup with drummer Nathan Young and guitarist Joseph Millligan.Anberlin released their first album on Tooth & Nail, Blueprints for the Black Market, in 2003. The album was relatively unsuccessful - moving only about 60,000 copies and producing only one single, "Readyfuels" - but it still managed to get the band's foot in the proverbial door, attracting a fair amount of attention from both secular and religious music critics alike. Though members of Anberlin consider themselves a Christian band, the religious influence in their music is less overt than it was in SaGoh, taking a backseat to their clean-cut rock mainstream rock sound. Eager to follow up Blueprints for the Black Market, Anberlin returned to the studio in 2004 to begin working on their second album, Never Take Friendship Personal, which saw an early 2005 release. Far more successful than their freshman album, Never Take Friendship Personal received the attention it deserved, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart based on the success of singles "A Day Late" and "Paperthin Hymm". Their third album, 2007's Cities, fared even better on the charts, moving over 150,000 copies and debuting respectably at #19 on the Billboard 200. Notable tracks from Cities include "Godspeed", "Hello Alone", and "The Unwinding Cable Car". The band's solid fan base and ever-increasing commercial success eventually caught the attention of Universal Records (3 Doors Down, Forever The Sickest Kids, who signed Anberlin to their Universal Republic imprint in 2008. The band plans to release their fourth album, New Surrender, on Universal Republic in late September 2008. So far two singles have been released from New Surrender, "Feel Good Drag" (a reworked version of a song from Never Take Friendship Personal) and "Disappear".
Anberlin was formed in 2002 in Winter Haven, FL, USA. Their debut album, Blueprints For The Black Market, was quite successful. Spurred on by popular singles Readyfuels and Change the World, it sold over 60,000 copies and raised Anberlin's profile. They released their sophomore album, Never Take Friendship Personal, in February 2005. The album was praised by critics, garnering favourable reviews and winning the band new fans.
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Anberlin is an American rock band formed in Winter Haven, Florida in 2002. Since the beginning of 2007, the band has consisted of lead vocalist Stephen Christian, guitarists Joseph Milligan and Christian McAlhaney, bassist Deon Rexroat, and drummer Nathan Young.
Members of Anberlin originally formed a band under the name SaGoh 24/7 in 1998, releasing two studio albums before disbanding, with the members having a change in musical direction and name. Anberlin was formed in 2002; within a year of forming, they had signed with semi-independent record label Tooth & Nail Records and released their debut album, Blueprints for the Black Market. In 2005, the band released their second album, Never Take Friendship Personal, selling in excess of 150,000 copies. The band continued its rise to prominence while enjoying a loyal MySpace following and averaging well over 200 live shows per year. The band's third album, Cities, was released in 2007, and became their first album to reach the top 20 of the Billboard 200, selling 34,000 copies in its debut week.