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Anberlin Talk Breakup With Billboard

Posted by - 11:35 AM on 06/26/14
Billboard sat down with Anberlin to talk about the end.
I would rather people say, “Why are they disbanding?” than “Wait, they’re still a band?” That’s what it’s all about. Every band has to know when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em. And I just feel like if we want to keep the inspiration, the legacy and everything we’ve done and accomplished as something people are still excited about, we should leave before we’re back in a van playing for 40 people. Twelve years we just put our heart and soul into this, so why leave it with putting a bad taste in peoples' mouths?
 
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11:43 AM on 06/26/14
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"..we should leave before we’re back in a van playing for 40 people."

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they are drawing well at Warped. I'm glad they are ending on their own terms with one final headlining tour.
11:47 AM on 06/26/14
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Idk, kind of feel like that's a dumb reason to quit but it's their choice.
11:48 AM on 06/26/14
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Never got too into this band, but have always respected them. That's a perfectly good reason to call it a day. Admirable, really.
11:57 AM on 06/26/14
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I definitely agree with their decision, it's better to go out when you're still feeling motivated and creative. The members who want to continue making music can find new avenues and hopefully keep the fire burning a little longer rather than dredging on. There are some bands that will always be worth seeing live (Less Than Jake, for example) and can sustain a drop-off in the quality of their music and still be a draw, but Anberlin doesn't seem like one of those bands to me.
11:59 AM on 06/26/14
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I am gonna miss the shit out of this band. Similar to how I felt after Copeland broke up. Hopefully they make a comeback when they feel it is necessary.
12:01 PM on 06/26/14
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I think it's a perfectly legitimate reason to quit.
12:08 PM on 06/26/14
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Come on, Billboard. Joey Bruce hasn't been in the band since 2003.
12:16 PM on 06/26/14
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It's unfortunate for the band, but you had to know moving the release date back a month wouldn't go smoothly.
12:28 PM on 06/26/14
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"..we should leave before we’re back in a van playing for 40 people."

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they are drawing well at Warped. I'm glad they are ending on their own terms with one final headlining tour.
Uh, false? Pretty sure they're drawing great crowds at Warped.
12:31 PM on 06/26/14
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crazy to think "Feel Good Drag" was a huge hit on modern rock radios not six years ago and now they're breaking up because not many people care anymore. so sad.
12:36 PM on 06/26/14
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crazy to think "Feel Good Drag" was a huge hit on modern rock radios not six years ago and now they're breaking up because not many people care anymore. so sad.
That's how people are reading this? What?
12:39 PM on 06/26/14
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That's how people are reading this? What?
he said he wished people would ask why they're breaking up instead of being surprised that they still exist. then there's the 'playing for 40 people in a van' thing. i was also led on by a comment that said they weren't drawing good crowds at Warped.

if this isn't the reason for the split, then that's good, but that's what i got from what he said.
12:43 PM on 06/26/14
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So much respect for this band for several reasons. Every time I've interacted with them they've been kind and gracious. It's great to see the way they've handled their faith and infused it into their musical in a meaningful way. Plus, they've put out some pretty dang good records. Cities and Vital are my favorites and definitely have a special place in my heart.
12:43 PM on 06/26/14
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he said he wished people would ask why they're breaking up instead of being surprised that they still exist. then there's the 'playing for 40 people in a van' thing. i was also led on by a comment that said they weren't drawing good crowds at Warped.

if this isn't the reason for the split, then that's good, but that's what i got from what he said.
I read it as he doesn't want the band to get to a point where people are surprised they're still around, not that that's already happened.

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