It’s not an overstatement to say that Anberlin’s sixth proper full length, Vital, was one of the most criminally underrated rock records of 2012. The Florida rockers have developed a penchant for crafting alt-rock records that challenge the listener while maintaining a distinct accessibility, and Vital may very well be the band’s defining work. Chock-full of urgent guitar riffs and burning calls for hope amidst desperation, the album may be the band’s heaviest to date – both in terms of sound and content.
What is even more impressive than Anberlin’s ability to capture fiery emotion on tape is the band’s knack for stripping it all down in their acoustic live performances. Last spring, the band took their first official acoustic trek, showcasing a different side of a band already known for its diverse talents. Now, a mere year later, the band is treating any cities that missed out on last year’s jaunt with a new slew of acoustic dates.