Rock band Anberlin sent shockwaves through the music world this past January when the group announced their forthcoming retirement after 11 years as a band. The announcement also came with news of one final album with a world tour to follow. The band also would be returning to Tooth & Nail Records, the record label that gave them their start.
After teasing the album cover piece by piece until a number of tweets was reached, the band and label have finally released some details about the final project, titled Lowborn. With the release date set for June 23, this 10-track release is one the band has claimed was done with complete creative freedom.
"Here was a fearlessness which was really freeing and exciting for all of us--to just not have to think about anything else except what's the best thing for the song," drummer Nathan Young said of Lowborn.
Each member of the band recorded their parts separately with a chosen producer, deviating from the normal recording patterns of the band. The band also promised to address the reasons behind their departure and their gratitude to the fans in songs like "Atonement" and "Harbinger."
While few details have been revealed about the band members' careers post-Anberlin, at least some of the members still plan to remain in the music business. Side projects had already become a staple of the band for the past few years through acts like Sins and Anchor & Braille.
Anberlin stormed onto the scene in 2003 with their debut, Blueprints for the Black Market. Over their 11 years, they will have released 7 studio albums and garnered several radio hits, including the mainstream No. 1 rocker "Feel Good Drag." Their songs have frequently appeared in television shows and commercials.
The band has already announced several dates for their final tour both in the U.S. and internationally. The band will also appear on the Vans Warped Tour this summer.