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: The Wedding
Album: Distance EP
Release Date: 11/16/10
Label: Independent

For two years, we haven't gotten new music from The Wedding. Despite their heavy touring schedule, news on new songs or an album were not evident, until a few months back when they announced a new EP that needed to be funded. Well, the EP was funded and is now here in the form of Distance. They haven't completely changed from their prior release, The Sound, The Steel EP, but has progressed to more of a straight up rock sound. Vocalist Matt Shelton (formerly of Letter Kills), has cut back on his unique screams from his first release with the band, but they are still evident in a few songs throughout Distance. All of these elements coming together provide for a cohesive new release from the band.

"The Distance Between You and I" serves as the intro for Distance, and is made up of gang vocals that set the mood, before heading into "Heartbreak In Melody." The riff-heavy song is indeed melodic, with toned down verses that build up, foreshadowing the catchy chorus that will be sure to stick in your head. "Won't Back Down" brings to mind bands such as Disciple, and hits off with a Southern rock feel. "Not Like I'm Doing Now" starts off slow, with only an acoustic guitar, but flows into a rocker that talks of being a musician with a message. "Remedy" is one of the only songs on the EP that really brings to mind The Sound, The Steel, but really shows off a more polished and heavier song structure, yet staying true to The Wedding's energetic rock. The maturity of the band really comes out on "The Same Mistake," taking on the sense of a ballad. I find the song to be the highlight of the EP, and ends Distance on a high note.

Rating: 8/10 The Wedding are back, and once again come through with Distance. Although only six songs, the EP satisfies, with catchy melodies and upbeat rockers. Exploring a slower sound on songs such as "The Same Mistake" and even some pop rock, on "Not Like I'm Doing Now," The Wedding still stay true to their energetic rock roots. I'm glad to have something new from them, and look forward to a new full length album hopefully sometime soon.

  1. The Distance Between You and I
  2. Heartbreak In Melody
  3. Won't Back Down
  4. Not Like I'm Doing Now
  5. Remedy
  6. The Same Mistake
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