This US band was one of several Christian alternative rock units to enjoy mainstream success at the start of the new millennium. Formed in 2002 by Stephen Christian (vocals), Joseph Milligan (guitar/vocals), Deon Rexroat (bass), Joey Bruce (guitar) and Nathan Young (drums), Anberlin made its debut the following year with the Tooth & Nail release Blueprints For The Black Market. The album enjoyed a strong commercial showing, with the singles Change The World and Readyfuels gaining extensive radio play on US rock stations.
Guitarist Nathan Strayer was brought in to replace Bruce for the follow-up, Never Take Friendship Personal. This excellent album was highly praised in the mainstream press, with the bands strong harmonies and melodic guitar rock crunch to the fore on stand-out tracks such as Stationary Stationery and Paperthin Hymn. Buoyed by the support of a sizeable live fanbase, the album even pushed Anberlin into the lower regions of the US Billboard 200. The bands third album was even more successful, reaching the US Top 20 at the start of 2007. Strayer left the band shortly after the release of Cities and was replaced by Christian McAlhaney.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.