Seattle rockers and former Epic Records artists Brad returns with a new album in 2012, their first album since 2003 even though the previous album "Best friends" was released in 2010 it was recorded back in 2003. Brad features members of Pearl Jam, Satchel and Pigeonhead and the style is not easy to describe in one word. There´s a little bit of everything on "United we stand" from grunge to powerpop, from post rock to psychedelia and even Americana. The songs sound timeless and the melodies are just amazing, I know Art Alexakis of Everclear would be proud and even Michael Stipe of R.E.M. The new single "A reason to be in my skin" is one of the highlights along with "Needle and thread" or why not the artsy "Bound in time" as a contender for the next single? The guitar riff in "Last Bastion" has a bit White Stripes over it, cool song. 4 stars, nothing less.
Anberlin band member Stephen Christian has offered the explanations that he planned naming his first daughter Anberlin and that the name was a modification of the phrase "and Berlin" from a list of cities Christian wanted to visit. The one story that Christian asserts is true, however, is that he heard the word in the background noise of the Radiohead song "Everything in Its Right Place".