2014 belongs to Anberlin. Not only for their exceptional new album Lowborn, but also for their ending as a massive band for their scene. Following a successful stint on the Vans Warped Tour this summer, Anberlin embarked on their final tour–a world tour–soon after. Both I and fellow MEB writer/photographer Ambre Rogue were lucky enough to cover Anberlin’s final tour, so we’re combining our thoughts, memories, and photos right here. Take a look:
Nashville, TN // Cannery Ballroom // writeup and photos by Ambre Rogue
On November 5th, Anberlin put on their last show in Nashville, Tennessee at the Cannery Ballroom. It was a show to remember and an amazing experience for those who had both seen Anberlin previously and those who had never seen them. They were opened by Greek Fire, a band they have been friends with for over 11 years. This was also the last time they’d play together and it was a bittersweet end for both bands. Anberlin had such great energy. Although Nashville was stop number 23 on the Final (World) Tour they put on a show as if it were day one. Anberlin played to a sold out show; it was packed all the way to the door with loving fans, many not ready to yet say goodbye to this incredible band. Their stage setting was complete with fantastic lighting and fog, both of these things making them a joy to photograph.
Philadelphia, PA // TLA // writeup and photos by Connor Feimster
Anberlin began their solemn goodbye to Philadelphia on November 11th (which would follow suit with a second, final farewell on November 15th). I knew going into this show that my emotions would be at their limits and I was not, by any means, disappointed in the slightest. The band’s setlist was perfect, it was within one of my favorite local venues, and the atmosphere was just exceptional. Opening the show was Gasoline Heart, some of Anberlin’s closest friends since their formation and the era of Blueprints for the Black Market. They got the crowd going with an impressive singalong before Anberlin annihilated all expectations, opening with “Never Take Friendship Personal”. The tears began to flow once they played “The Unwinding Cable Car” which led to chills during (my personal favorite) “Dismantle.Repair.” The highlight belongs to the band’s encore, in which they performed the epic finale to Cities, “(*Fin)”, which cleverly included lyrics to Lowborn‘s closer “Harbinger”. With crossed fingers and promises of immortality, Anberlin said goodbye to Philadelphia for the first time.