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 talked with the Victory Records band Corpus Christi about their album A Feast For Crows and their new lineup!

Christian Rock Rocks (Brooks Ginnan): So you just recorded and released a new album titled A Feast For Crows. How did that go?
Jarrod Christman (Corpus Christi): It was SO much fun... easily the most enjoyable recording experience I've ever had. We tracked everything in a shade over three weeks and apart from a few minor equipment issues, it was completely smooth sailing.

CRR: What are some of the themes found on the album?
Jarrod: Well our first record, The Darker Shades Of White, was a poly-thematic record. In contrast to that, A Feast For Crows is mono-thematic... this record is all about conflict. Conflict within ourselves, conflict with society, conflict within relationships and conflict with our own fear and the choices we make. Musically, A Feast For Crows is much more diverse than our first offering, so having a centralized theme helped give this record continuity.

CRR: Who are some of your biggest influences?
Jarrod: My own personal influences are different from the rest of the band's. There is not a single common "favorite" among the five of us. So speaking only for myself, my biggest influences are In Flames, At The Gates, Zao, Mercenary, Lamb of God and The Black Dahlia Murder.

CRR: So Corpus Christi has a nearly complete new lineup as compared to the one found on the debut album. How did that happen?
Jarrod: It was Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events (ok... random Jim Carrey movie reference, I know). The old frontman had kids and just couldn't tour anymore. The old guitar player's mother was in bad health and unable to work so he had to go home and help take care of her. Our drummer at the time had to go home to help at his family's restaurant and I never got a reason from the old bass player. He quit via text message, which read "I can't make it to practice tonight, and I'm officially out" and that's all I got from him. Luckily, there were four guys, all really good at what they do, that were just exiting their previous bands right about the same time. So it all worked out for the better.

CRR: Any last things you'd like to say?
Jarrod: If you heard the first record and think you know Corpus Christi, you're dead wrong. Go get A Feast For Crows and then come hang out with us on tour. It's a whole new ballgame!

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