Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Artist: Children 18:3
Album: Rain's 'A Comin'
Release Date: 6/29/10
Label: Tooth & Nail Records

A few years ago, we were introduced to the expertise self-titled debut from up and coming punk rock band Children 18:3. Two years later, their sophomore release Rain's 'A Comin' has finally arrived to high acclaim. Many of the high energy punk elements found on their debut are still found, along with an added pop rock feel as well, expanding the sound to reach out to a wider audience.

The title track starts off the album with a southern rock feel, which goes along with album's title. It is a very short track that serves as more of an intro to Rain's 'A Comin', stirring up the storm ahead. Immediately following up is the faced paced "Cover Your Eyes," that is sure to be a crowd pleaser, as it utilizes their punk rock sound perfectly. A darker song, "The Cruel One," comes next. In fact, their is even a part where David Hostetter , the lead vocalist of the trio made up of siblings, has a very solid scream that ends the song.

"Oh Bravo" and "Oh Honestly!" are great back to back tracks and are two of the album's highlights. "Oh Bravo" has some of the most interesting lyrics off the album and one of the most memorable choruses. "Oh Honestly" is in fact, an acoustic driven ballad. It easily contains some of the catchiest hooks found on Rain's 'A Comin' and is sure to get stuck in your head easily. "Jack 'O' Lantern Dreams" is another favorite, with an upbeat sound that serves as another ballad, but this time, mixes everything that Children 18:3 have done well and mix it together. "Lost So Long" is another darker rock song with a chorus that sticks, declaring "I've been lost so long." The album ends with "The Last Laugh," an instrumental track that surprisingly features a classic southern sounding piano. A very interesting closer indeed.

Rating: 9/10 Children 18:3 have done it again with their follow up release to their great debut, titled Rain's 'A Comin'. It has everything they do well as a band with a few added elements that expand their sound. This is sure to be one of the best albums of the summer, as well as a contender for the year's top albums!

  1. Rain's 'A Comin'
  2. Cover Your Eyes
  3. The Cruel One
  4. Whispering
  5. Hey Driftwood (Tides)
  6. Oh Bravo
  7. Oh Honestly!
  8. Wonder I
  9. Stronger
  10. Jack 'O' Lantern Dreams
  11. Lost So Long
  12. The Last Laugh
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