It’s the end of an era: Anberlin is breaking up after their final tour.
I’ll always remember the first time that I heard “Godspeed” on Cities and being amazed at how angelic his voice sounded against the energetic guitar riffs. His voice captured my attention because I listened to screamo and metal bands mostly at that time and I hadn’t heard of other bands doing such hardcore music with such a great vocalist.
Cities became one of my most played albums for a while and I still occasionally return to it every now and then as a reminder of my high school and early college days. I remember powering through all of my Honors English essays while listening to your music. I remember bonding with another college freshman over your music and we talked for hours about our favorite songs. Yes, your music literally brought people together.
Goodbye Anberlin. You were one of those bands that opened the doors to many other rock genres for me (and bands like the Smiths) and your music will always be special to me.