Amazing feedback is great as you never know, you work your arse off on all the songs and then you throw it in to the world and you hope that people appreciate it.
Anchor & Braille, the side project of Anberlin vocalist Stephen Christian, will be releasing his fourth solo CD, Tension, on May 22nd via Tooth & Nail Records. This new studio release is inherently personal and a departure from the music he has come to be known for with Anberlin. Tension explores the more pop-driven side of his songwriting and was born out of a creative time during the recent Anberlin reunion in 2019.
I didn’t want to make a copy of myself from album-to-album, so I stripped this one down. I tried to make it raw and powerful while taking a different approach from what I have done previously.
Inevitably, people will want to get back to a sense of normalcy. This thing has been a shocker and not to get into the political implications which I don’t like to get into; it’s been an extreme wake-up call.
After a 35 year hiatus, Vandenberg are back with new members and a new studio CD, Vandenberg 2020, due out May 29th via Mascot Records.
Sometimes, we go by a feel or vibe. In our process, we try to whittle things down to favorite songs, but we both have to agree that we like them to be on a CD. It’s not that we didn’t like these for some reason, they just weren’t as liked in our minds as the ones that went on the CD.
We had some tours planned but are now being canceled. We were supposed to go to Europe in late July but now waiting to find out if it will happen. It’s hard to say as it is so far away and things with the virus are evolving so quickly. We had planned to start touring the day the CD came out, but that is no longer in the cards for us. The songs would have been fresh to people; now, they have a chance to absorb the CD before seeing us.
Hansi and I were very dear friends before we realized that we could write songs together. Writing together actually happened by accident.
But that’s also the beauty of our band, we don’t pigeonhole ourselves in any way. We can and we want to do it all. On the next album, we want to experiment even more, maybe give the sound a real indie vibe, who knows.