October 11, 2014
San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
November 26, 2014: I had originally intended to write and post this during the second week of October. But I took some time to write this article because I was waiting for the right time to post it.
When I was in my freshman year of high school, I met a girl and fell in love for the very first time. The relationship has since dissolved (and personally, I’m glad it did), but that girl and I had a “song”. That song of ours was called “The Unwinding Cable Car”, also known as the fifth track on Cities, the third album from alternative rock band Anberlin. Up until the show, I had never heard them play the song live. When they played it during their hour and a half long set, I froze. Every memory I had of the time I was with that girl came flooding back to me. I was fourteen again. When the song ended, the feelings went away, but for that short period of time, the music transported me back to a different time in my life. It was such a powerful moment.
Anberlin played a spectacular set to a sold out crowd at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. Their set list was one for the books, spanning their entire career, and even reaching back to their debut album Blueprints for the Black Market. The show opened in full force with the track “Never Take Friendship Personal” (from the eponymous album) and closed perfectly with “*Fin” (from Cities).
It’s a rather sad thing to think about, a band breaking up. Today is the day of Anberlin’s final show, which will take place in Orlando, FL. It will be the last time that the band ever takes the stage. The show that the Anberlin played back in October (the one I was fortunate enough to see) was dubbed as the last show they’ll ever play in the Bay Area. But I think it’s important that we cherish the memories we have of the bands that we love. These memories don’t just involve all of their concerts, or the times that you’ve met them. I think the most important memories are the ones that the music gives us. Godspeed, Anberlin. Thank you for everything you’ve given.
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