In a recent interview with Spin, Anberlin vocalist Stephen Christian put to rest the mystery of the origin of the band's name. After years of speculationsourcing the name to everything from a mispronunciation of the phrase, "and Berlin," to an even more far out tale of Christian initially intending the name for his own daughter, Christrian has revealed the name was actually inspired by Radiohead:
"and I was listening to Radiohead's Kid A. I was infatuated. I listened to that album every night for a month. But in the song 'Everything In Its Right Place,' I thought I kept hearing something in the background that sounded like Thom Yorke was singing the word 'Anberlin.' I kept hearing it: 'Anberlin,' 'Anberlin.' I searched online for 'Radiohead and Anberlin,' 'Thom Yorke and Anberlin' but didn't find anything. Eventually I realized that I must've been mishearing something and that the word 'Anberlin' was a figment of my imagination. It has no meaning. I just liked the sound of it and thought it was original. I thought it would be a good band name."
You can read more with Christian, including other names that almost made the cut, here. Anberlin's new album, Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place, hits stores September 21.