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 recently interviewed A Plea For Purging vocalist Andy Atkins about their new album, titled The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell.

Christian Rock Rocks (Brooks Ginnan): So you have a new album releasing this week titled The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell. Could you explain about the release and the process of making the album?
Andy Atkins (A Plea For Purging): Well, Plea has been an ever evolving entity since it's inception, growing not only musically but as five men in life. Our influences as musicians has changed many times as our interests in genres have changed. Lyrically speaking, the band has matured with content as we have in our own personal lives. The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell is the product of trial and error. It is the product of the world around us.

CRR: I've seen you asked the origin behind the album title numerous times, so I'll ask instead, what inspired the theme of the album?
Andy: When beginning the writing of this record, we were in an angry spot. We were brought down by the world around us and the things we were seeing. We wrote this record to speak our minds about the marketing of our God. It's something we needed to get off our chests. It's very freeing to be honest with yourself and others.

CRR: What are some of your favorite songs off the record?
Andy: Lyrically speaking, I love "Trembling Hands." It, to me, encompasses what the whole record is trying to get across. Musically speaking, I love jamming "Sick Silent America."

CRR: What was it like to include some clean vocals and a ballad from Blake on TMOHAH?
Andy: Blake's just trying to get famous with his pretty voice. This record is really just his tryout to land a spot in a band as the vocalist, hahaha. We are amped for the new addition of singing in our band. It's just something new for us. We have always been a band that has respected melody. We are just approaching it from a different aspect now.

CRR: How does APFP grow in God while on tour?
Andy: To be honest, we are all in a spot right now where we aren't looking for influence in our walks with God. We are personally searching Him out in our own ways without the diluting of His word through mis-interpretation and opinion. I did in fact fall asleep last night to a few of the dudes having an intriguing conversation about theology though.

CRR: What are your summer touring plans?
Andy: Scream The Prayer, if it doesn't kill us.

CRR: Any other things you would like to say?
Andy: I am listening to that band Cage The Elephant while I'm doing this interview. They jam hard.

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