On October 3rd I had the opportunity to speak with Nate Young of Anberlin. Anberlin’s new album, Vital, will be released on October 16th. Below is the transcript of the interview.
Jeremy: So first off, how are you doing? What’s life been like since you finished recording?
Nate: It’s good man. It’s been great, we just started our tour with Smashing Pumpkins yesterday.
Alright, so how far do you like touring with the band?
It’s been good I mean like I said it’s only been one show. Yesterday was kind of hectic, we got held up at the border in Canada.So we got there and it was kind of a quick set up and stuff. But yeah so far it’s been pretty cool.
Great, well Vital is coming out in just a few weeks, this will be your sixth album so far. So how do you feel about that? Did you ever imagine making it this far back in the days of SaGoh 24/7?
Oh definitely not, I mean it’s crazy you know for any band. Usually the life span of a band is only a few years, so for us to be together ten years and our sixth album is crazy for us. We still look back and it’s nuts how quickly time’s flown. It’s flown and it’s crazy to still be here and still making music. We’re definitely feel really thankful.
That leads us to a question from user FrD on the anberlin community forum: “What would Anberlin in 2012 say about to or about Anberlin in 2002? How would the band characterize the change that has occurred in them as musicians and people over the last ten years?”
Right. And this is another question from a forum member, jtalep, on the Anberlin forum as well, “after working with Neal Avron and Brendan O’Brien on your last two records, what made you decide to work with Aaron Sprinkle again? How was it working with him again on this album?”
Our next question is how difficult was it too choose which songs made the cut and which didn’t? Were there any songs which didn’t that you wish had?
Now, throughout all your records so far that you have put out, what are your favorite and least favorite songs?
Haha, well that’s a good reason not to. So next question, out of all the songs on this album, which do you think would probably be the most misunderstood lyric wise? Can you share just a little bit about the true meaning behind the song?
Most misunderstood? Probably Innocent. Because it’s funny, I think when people hear that song they’re gonna think that it’s, I don’t know, like a love song. Someone already said that it sounds like a sappy song. It’s funny because it’s about Stephen’s grandfather dying so you know it’s one of those things when people hear they’ll be like “oh, it’s just another one of those songs” or like a cheesy love song or whatever you want to say. I think people will misunderstand that song for sure cause you know the lyrics are super personal for Stephen so it’s probably gonna be weird for him too if people judge the lyrics based on what they think it’s about and you know when it’s not even close to what they think it’s about. So probably that song for sure.
Alright, and this one comes from another Anberlin forum member Show asks, “Many bands, despite having numerous hits, are most remembered for one song. If this were to be the case for Anberlin, what song would the band like it to be that they are most remembered for?”
Mhm, alright. And this one comes from a Tumblr user, Hanberlin they asks “What is the best way to be able to meet you guys after a concert?”
And now this is our last question here, it’s got a couple asking for it, just the pressure of fans trying to make an album like a Cities Part 2, how has that affected you guys?
I mean obviously the fans are why we’re doing this you know and the only reason we can do this. If we didn’t have fans we wouldn’t be a band and so obviously that’s important to us and to make records for them. But also you know we want to progress and we want to try something different. Music is art and if you’re not really pushing yourselves or trying something different, you’re just trying to stick to the same thing then to us it doesn’t feel like art. You know obviously the fans are a huge part of like when we write. I know we all think of that, like how will fans see this but at the end of the day you just have to go with what feels right and just go for it. And if you don’t it’s just gonna feel forced one way or the other obviously for the band and for everything Anberlin is, people are going to be able to tell this is gonna feel forced and not us. And also if you try and make a record that’s just for fans, I mean we for sure could have made Cities Part 2. I mean I know we could have gone out and been like oh let’s make a record that sounds like oh since this is our fans’ favorite record here let’s put out something that sounds exactly like Cities. You know fans might have been pumped but us we’re not gonna feel like true artists or even as musicians feel accomplished like “we really pushed ourselves and did it.” So I think it’s important to listen to fans and what they’re saying but to also go with what feels right and push ourselves in every direction.
Right. Well that question concludes our interview here, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity. Is there anything else you want to mention, any shout-outs?
I think that’s it man, I think you nailed it. Thanks man, have a good one!
You too, thanks again!