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Scene Around Town: Anberlin at Syracuse’s The Lost Horizon by 20watts

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Stephen Christian and drummer Nathan Young

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In the middle of their set, Anberlin lead singer Stephen Christian told the crowd that their Sunday night performance happened to be on an off date from their All-American Rejects, Taking Back Sunday tour. While the crowd was clamoring for more, Christian told the crowd that at first he wasn’t sure if they should just take the day off to rest, or come to Syracuse’s Lost Horizon and play a show. The band settled on the later and Christian, with a huge smile on his face, told the crowd, “We made the right decision.”

The night started off rather slow with Oh No Not Stereo and Sparks the Rescue turning in less than memorable performances. Vinnie Caruana, the frontman of I Am the Avalanche, was the third performer to hit the stage. His acoustic performance was heartfelt, but it didn’t fit with the other bands pop-rock sensibilities.

Next up, There for Tomorrow delivered their energetic, clean cut, pop songs to a crowd that was waiting to do a little dancing. Small mosh pits broke out during their set which showed that these guys have a lot of potential.

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Editor’s Pick #209: Anberlin by 20watts

Anberlin's aggressive pop songs have rocked crowds all over the world.

PREVIEW: VISIT Anberlin’s MySpace

This Sunday, the five piece pop-rock act known as Anberlin will be headlining Syracuse’s The Lost Horizon. Since their 2002 formation the band has steadily become more and more popular. Both 2003’s Blueprints for the Black Market and 2005’s Never Take Friendship Personal showed that the band had tremendous potential. On February 20, 2007 Cites was released and it debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200 music chart.

During 2007 Anberlin headlined a major US tour supported by Bayside, made music videos for “Godspeed” and “The Unwinding Cable Car” and signed with major label Universal Republic Records. Their latest album, New Surrender, was released in September 2008 and it peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200 music chart.  New Surrender’s lead single “The Feel Good Drag” was all over rock radio stations, and the band is currently supporting The All American Rejects and Taking Back Sunday on tour.  So, if you like Anberlin, go to their show on Sunday, and come back to 20 Watts this Monday to check out our review of their performance at The Lost Horizon.

— Eric Hoffman, Features Editor