The gentle keyboards and electronic percussion that introduce “Goes without Saying” on Anchor & Braille’s The Quiet Life are like a quiet reminder that we’re not in Anberlin anymore. Anchor & Braille is the side project of Anberlin singer Stephen Christian, and The Quiet Life is appropriately filled with quietly beautiful music. The sort of power-pop guitars so prevalent in Anberlin are mostly AWOL throughout The Quiet Life. In fact, the electric guitars that show up during “Kodachrome” are closer to amplified jazz chords, instead. On it, Christian sings, “All you really have is your memories.” Granted, these aren’t the same bad memories Paul Simon sang about on his old ‘70s song of the same name. Nevertheless, there is much truth to the statement, ‘All you really have is your memories.’ And for the most part, Christian has given us many wonderful moments to remember.
The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.Full Feature More from Comrades
My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.Full Feature More from My Epic
Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.Full Feature More from Employed to Serve
Two years since the release of Hands Like Houses' latest album, 'Anon,' the band should be on the road supporting the release. Instead, the band has leveraged their local presence, government help, and new platforms like Patreon to stay afloat in the COVID-age.Full Feature More from Hands Like Houses