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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Christian Rock Rocks caught up with Robert Bloomfield of Mychildren Mybride on their tour with Haste The Day. Interview took place on 6/12/10.

Christian Rock Rocks (Brooks Ginnan): Could you say your name and what you do in McMb?
Robert Bloomfield: My name is Robert and I play guitar for Mychildren Mybride.

CRR: So you just released a new album this past Tuesday. How is the reaction from that going?
Robert: Really well man, lots are picking it up. Some are even buying two or three copies each and we're almost sold out!

CRR: So there was a progression between Lost Boy and your debut Unbreakable. Can you explain that?
Robert: Well, as a band, we've matured a lot since Unbreakable. Matt's voice has gotten much better as well, he has a lot more range, adding more to our sound.

CRR: So what were some of the lyrical themes behind the new record?
Robert: The themes behind Lost Boy mainly come from personal experiences, which not all are bad. Actually, many of them are good.

CRR: So what role does your faith play in the music and lyrics?
Robert: Well, there are many underlying, somewhat indirect Christian themes in our music. We hope that our music is something that anyone can listen to, Christians or not, but still have a deeper meaning.

CRR: So what is the meaning or reason behind the name Mychildren Mybride?
Robert: Our name actually comes from a title of a poem we found from an old book a while ago. It actually turned out to be a Christian poem, talking about how Christians are God's children and the body of believers are His bride. The other meaning behind it is that the two things a man keeps closest to him are his children and bride.

CRR: Has the band thought about possibly doing a follow up song to "Headshot!"?
Robert: We have, but don't plan on making one. We were the first band to make a song after a theme like Call of Duty for example, so instead of us following others, now they follow us in making songs with that theme. It's actually pretty cool.

CRR: What are some of your favorite venues to play?
Robert: That's a pretty hard choice but I'd have to say the White Rabbit over in San Antonio. I also like playing over at the El Corazon in Seattle, which is also where our label is located.

CRR: So how did you guys get signed to Solid State?
Robert: Well, we got attention from playing a lot of shows a few years ago, but after we released our demo EP, we were constantly getting calls from labels to all our homes. We were actually going to sign to Ferret (who has The Devil Wears Prada), but the day we were planning on signing, McMb got a call from Solid State Records with a record deal that was five times better. We didn't intend to get signed to a Christian label, we kinda wanted to be that Christian band out there on a secular label doing our thing. But in the end, it turned out good. Our label has given us a lot of support with this new album.

CRR: What is the concept behind the album artwork for Lost Boy?
Robert: It has to do with a group of those (hooded) people searching for something that they can't find, something that's internal. A "lost boy" is someone that's struggling internally, so they can't find it. Another thing is that they're looking for something that's not there, like the Holy Spirit. People always want to see physical signs of proof. Actually, the hooded guy in the very front of the artwork is the lead vocalist of Emery, but I do not know the rest.

CRR: So what was the idea behind the McMb cologne?
Robert: It came from a Youtube video that our friend Mitchell Davis made. He wondered since Usher (the rapper) had his own cologne, what would it be like if a band like Mychildren Mybride had their own. We recently shot a video for "On Wings of Integrity" and when the label asked what we wanted in it, we said Mitchell Davis. So when we were asked what we wanted to do for a pre-order of Lost Boy, naturally we said McMb cologne. So that's how that got started.

CRR: What are Mychildren Mybride's touring plans for the summer?
Robert: We're planning on hitting a lot of the Christian music festivals, like Purple Door, Rev Gen, Ichthus and a lot more. We'll also be doing like five shows with August Burns Red and then a really big tour in the fall that I can't announce just yet.

CRR: Anything last thoughts you'd like to say? Thanks for the interview!
Robert: Well, just let people know that our new album Lost Boy is in stores and online now. I'd love for everyone to pick up a copy. Thanks man.

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