God Forbid

Tooth & Nail Records celebrates 10 years of punk fire -- and quiet Christian devotion

"It's an unissue," says bandleader Stephen Christian -- note the ironic (and yes, it's real) last name. "I try to make a line between my profession and my faith."

Listen to the record, though, and Anberlin's allegiance to Christ becomes obvious and unavoidable. By "Cadence" near the album's close, he's explicitly thankful for the "miracle" of being led to God.

"Because I'm a believer, it does eat through into my lyrics," Christian explains. "As far as going around telling people what they should believe or should not believe, that's not my thing."

Whose "Cadence" is it anyway? Anberlin tries to 
separate spirituality from music.
Whose "Cadence" is it anyway? Anberlin tries to separate spirituality from music.

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Featuring Anberlin, Watashi Wa, Emery, and Me Without You, is scheduled to roll through Phoenix on Thursday, February 12, at the Mason Jar, 2303 East Indian School. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 602-954-0455 for more information.

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As long as people are buying the records (a respectable 30,000 copies of Black Market have been sold to date, says Ebel), Christian can keep it all as "unissue" as he wants.

"My music is being sold at Wal-Mart and Best Buy," he says. "I'm getting placed right next to Aerosmith and Tori Amos, and I'm right there next to Andrew W.K."

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