Anchor & Braille

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Anchor & Braille
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Christian performing (with Anberlin) at the Commodore Ballroom in May 2009.
Background information
Origin Winter Haven, Florida, U.S.
Genres Acoustic rock, ambient, dream pop, baroque pop, folk, new wave
Years active 2004-present
Labels Wood Water, Tooth & Nail, MP45
Associated acts Anberlin
Members Stephen Christian

Anchor & Braille is the acoustic side project of Anberlin's lead singer Stephen Christian.

History[edit]

Anchor & Braille was conceived when Christian realized that he had written many songs that he knew Anberlin could never use. The songs were said to have a different feel from Anberlin's material and the lyrics were topics that he felt more personal, which he was not ready at that time to share on a mass platform.[1]

The band streamed the entire album on their MySpace page before its release on August 4, 2009. The official website also has the demo version of "Sleep" (or "When We Die"). The songs "Wedding/Funeral", "Sheet Music" (which has been mislabelled as 'When We Die (Sleep)") and a demo of "Mary Agnosia" are featured on their PureVolume. A poetic art-loop piece called "16 Conversations" was also on the band's MySpace page for a short while. On January 23, 2007, a 7" vinyl with two songs on it, "Sound Asleep" and "Wedding / Funeral", was released online through Spartan Records and Wood Water Records and was limited to 1000 copies.[2][3]

Anchor & Braille's initial output greatly contrasted with Christian's primary band, relying on toned-down instruments such as keyboards, pianos, and acoustic guitars. However, the 2009 album utilized a full band, with all songs written by Christian but produced and augmented with additional instrumentation by Marsh afterward.

The first single, "Still Sleeping", from the band's debut album was made available on iTunes. It was also featured on the compilation album Punk the Clock, Volume Three. The debut album was entitled Felt, produced by Aaron Marsh from Copeland and released on August 4, 2009.[1] The album was released by Wood Water Records and Federal Distribution, debuting at number 30 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.[4]

A vinyl of Felt' was released on December 14, 2010 with a previously unreleased track, "Empires".[citation needed]

On July 31, 2012 Anchor & Braille released their second album, The Quiet Life, on Anberlin's old record label Tooth & Nail Records.[citation needed]

Anchor & Braille announced on September 11, 2014 that they would be releasing new music on September 26 through MP45 Records.

Anchor & Braille released two new singles through MP45 Records, "Detroit Stab"[5] and "Fatal Flaws"[6] on October 4, 2014.

On October 10, 2014 Anchor & Braille stated that "there will not be a full length album... but there may be a few more singles shortly."[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Albums by Anchor & Braille
Year Album title Release details Chart peaks
US Heat
2009 Felt
  • Released: August 4, 2009
  • Label: Tooth & Nail
  • Format: CD, digital
30
2012 The Quiet Life
11
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

  • 2007: "Sound Asleep"
  • 2007: "Wedding / Funeral"
  • 2014: "Detroit Stab"
  • 2014: "Fatal Flaw"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Anchor & Braille Release Date, Track List". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved June 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ Interpunk.com - The Ultimate Punk Music Store
  3. ^ "Spartan Records - Anchor & Braille - "Sound Asleep" 7"". Spartan Records. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Detroit Stab -". Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fatal Flaws -". Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Anchor & Braille". Facebook. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Anchor & Braille Announce Album Title". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 

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