Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, surrounded by Alberta's central region; the city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor". The city had a population of 932,546 in 2016, making it Alberta's second-largest city and Canada's fifth-largest municipality. In 2016, Edmonton had a metropolitan population of 1,321,426, making it the sixth-largest census metropolitan area in Canada. Edmonton is North America's northernmost metropolitan area with a population over one million. A resident of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian. Edmonton's historic growth has been facilitated through the absorption of five adjacent urban municipalities in addition to a series of annexations through 1982, the annexation of 8,260 ha of land from Leduc County and the city of Beaumont on January 1, 2019. Known as the "Gateway to the North", the city is a staging point for large-scale oil sands projects occurring in northern Alberta and large-scale diamond mining operations in the Northwest Territories.
Edmonton is a cultural and educational centre. It hosts a year-round slate of festivals, reflected in the nickname "Canada's Festival City", it is home to North America's largest mall, West Edmonton Mall, Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum. The earliest known inhabitants arrived in the area, now Edmonton around 3,000 BC and as early as 12,000 BC when an ice-free corridor opened as the last glacial period ended and timber and wildlife became available in the region. In 1754, Anthony Henday, an explorer for the Hudson's Bay Company, may have been the first European to enter the Edmonton area, his expeditions across the Canadian Prairies were to seek contact with the aboriginal population for establishing the fur trade, as the competition was fierce between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. By 1795, Fort Edmonton was established on the river's north bank as a major trading post for the Hudson's Bay Company; the new fort's name was suggested by John Peter Pruden after Edmonton, the hometown of both the HBC deputy governor Sir James Winter Lake, Pruden.
In 1876, Treaty 6, which includes what is now Edmonton, was signed between the Aboriginal peoples in Canada and Queen Victoria as Queen of Canada, as part of the Numbered Treaties of Canada. The agreement includes the Plains and Woods Cree and other band governments of First Nations at Fort Carlton, Fort Pitt, Battle River; the area covered by the treaty represents most of the central area of the current provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. The coming of the Canadian Pacific Railway to southern Alberta in 1885 helped the Edmonton economy, the 1891 building of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway resulted in the emergence of a railway townsite on the river's south side, across from Edmonton; the arrival of the CPR and the C&E Railway helped bring settlers and entrepreneurs from eastern Canada, Europe, U. S. and other parts of the world. The Edmonton area's fertile soil and cheap land attracted settlers, further establishing Edmonton as a major regional commercial and agricultural centre; some people participating in the Klondike Gold Rush passed through South Edmonton/Strathcona in 1897.
Strathcona was North America's northernmost railway point, but travel to the Klondike was still difficult for the "Klondikers," and a majority of them took a steamship north to the Yukon from Vancouver, British Columbia. Incorporated as a town in 1892 with a population of 700 and as a city in 1904 with a population of 8,350, Edmonton became the capital of Alberta when the province was formed a year on September 1, 1905. In November 1905, the Canadian Northern Railway arrived in Edmonton. During the early 1900s, Edmonton's rapid growth led to speculation in real estate. In 1912, Edmonton amalgamated with the City of Strathcona, south of the North Saskatchewan River. Just before World War I, the boom ended, the city's population declined from more than 72,000 in 1914 to less than 54,000 only two years later. Many impoverished families moved to subsistence farms outside the city, while others fled to greener pastures in other provinces. Recruitment to the army during the war contributed to the drop in population.
Afterwards, the city recovered in population and economy during the 1920s and 1930s and took off again during and after World War II. The Edmonton City Centre Airport opened in 1929. Named Blatchford Field in honour of former mayor Kenny Blatchford, pioneering aviators such as Wilfrid R. "Wop" May and Max Ward used Blatchford Field as a major base for distributing mail and medicine to Northern Canada. World War II saw Edmonton become a major base for the construction of the Alaska Highway and the Northwest Staging Route; the airport was closed in November 2013. In 1892 Edmonton was incorporated as a town; the first mayor was Matthew McCauley, who established the first school board in Edmonton and Board of Trade and a municipal police service. Due to mayor McCauley's good relationship with the federal Liberals this helped Edmonton to maintain political prominence over Strathcona, a rival settlement on the south bank of the North Saskatche
Alberta is a western province of Canada. With an estimated population of 4,067,175 as of 2016 census, it is Canada's fourth most populous province and the most populous of Canada's three prairie provinces, its area is about 660,000 square kilometres. Alberta and its neighbour Saskatchewan were districts of the Northwest Territories until they were established as provinces on September 1, 1905; the premier has been Rachel Notley since May 2015. Alberta is bounded by the provinces of British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, the Northwest Territories to the north, the U. S. state of Montana to the south. Alberta is one of three Canadian provinces and territories to border only a single U. S. state and one of only two landlocked provinces. It has a predominantly humid continental climate, with stark contrasts over a year. Alberta's capital, Edmonton, is near the geographic centre of the province and is the primary supply and service hub for Canada's crude oil, the Athabasca oil sands and other northern resource industries.
About 290 km south of the capital is the largest city in Alberta. Calgary and Edmonton centre Alberta's two census metropolitan areas, both of which have populations exceeding one million, while the province has 16 census agglomerations. Tourist destinations in the province include Banff, Drumheller, Sylvan Lake and Lake Louise. Alberta is named after the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. Princess Louise was the wife of Marquess of Lorne, Governor General of Canada. Lake Louise and Mount Alberta were named in her honour. Alberta, with an area of 661,848 km2, is the fourth-largest province after Quebec and British Columbia. To the south, the province borders on the 49th parallel north, separating it from the U. S. state of Montana, while to the north the 60th parallel north divides it from the Northwest Territories. To the east, the 110th meridian west separates it from the province of Saskatchewan, while on the west its boundary with British Columbia follows the 120th meridian west south from the Northwest Territories at 60°N until it reaches the Continental Divide at the Rocky Mountains, from that point follows the line of peaks marking the Continental Divide in a southeasterly direction until it reaches the Montana border at 49°N.
The province extends 660 km east to west at its maximum width. Its highest point is 3,747 m at the summit of Mount Columbia in the Rocky Mountains along the southwest border while its lowest point is 152 m on the Slave River in Wood Buffalo National Park in the northeast. With the exception of the semi-arid steppe of the south-eastern section, the province has adequate water resources. There are numerous lakes used for swimming, fishing and a range of water sports. There are three large lakes, Lake Claire in Wood Buffalo National Park, Lesser Slave Lake, Lake Athabasca which lies in both Alberta and Saskatchewan; the longest river in the province is the Athabasca River which travels 1,538 km from the Columbia Icefield in the Rocky Mountains to Lake Athabasca. The largest river is the Peace River with an average flow of 2161 m3/s; the Peace River originates in the Rocky Mountains of northern British Columbia and flows through northern Alberta and into the Slave River, a tributary of the Mackenzie River.
Alberta's capital city, Edmonton, is located at about the geographic centre of the province. It is the most northerly major city in Canada, serves as a gateway and hub for resource development in northern Canada; the region, with its proximity to Canada's largest oil fields, has most of western Canada's oil refinery capacity. Calgary is about 280 km south of Edmonton and 240 km north of Montana, surrounded by extensive ranching country. 75% of the province's population lives in the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor. The land grant policy to the railroads served as a means to populate the province in its early years. Most of the northern half of the province is boreal forest, while the Rocky Mountains along the southwestern boundary are forested; the southern quarter of the province is prairie, ranging from shortgrass prairie in the southeastern corner to mixed grass prairie in an arc to the west and north of it. The central aspen parkland region extending in a broad arc between the prairies and the forests, from Calgary, north to Edmonton, east to Lloydminster, contains the most fertile soil in the province and most of the population.
Much of the unforested part of Alberta is given over either to grain or to dairy farming, with mixed farming more common in the north and centre, while ranching and irrigated agriculture predominate in the south. The Alberta badlands are located in southeastern Alberta, where the Red Deer River crosses the flat prairie and farmland, features deep canyons and striking landforms. Dinosaur Provincial Park, near Brooks, showcases the badlands terrain, desert flora, remnants from Alberta's past when dinosaurs roamed the lush landscape. Alberta has a humid continental climate with cold winters; the province is open to cold arctic weather systems from the north, which produce cold conditions in winter. As the fronts between the air masses shift north and south across Alberta, the temperature can change rapidly. Arctic
Project 86 is an American rock band from Orange County, formed in 1996. The band has released eight albums, which have collectively sold nearly 500,000 units worldwide, two EPs, two DVDs, one live album, their music is considered by most to be a rock/post-hardcore/alternative style. Frontman Andrew Schwab's poetic and introspective lyrics have addressed a wide variety of topics such as conformity and emptiness; the band was started by Schwab as a way to inspire people to live their lives with hope. In 1998, BEC Recordings released a self-titled debut album, well received by critics and consumers, their second release, Drawing Black Lines, garnered attention from mainstream record labels. The band's third release, Truthless Heroes, was released by Atlantic, after the band was bought-out of their original deal with Tooth & Nail; the band parted ways with Atlantic shortly after their third release, upon which they had a short stint as an independent. The band negotiated a new contract with Tooth & Nail, subsequently released three more albums, the last one being Picket Fence Cartel in summer 2009.
After fulfilling their last agreement with T&N, in December 2011 the band announced a Kickstarter campaign via their official website and Facebook page, stating that "the fans are now our record label." Their eighth studio release, Wait for the Siren, was released on August 21, 2012. Their ninth album, Knives to the Future, was independently released by Team Black Recordings on November 11, 2014. According to the official Project 86 documentary "XV," Project 86 formed in mid 1996 by vocalist Andrew Schwab in Orange County, California. Guitarist Randy Torres, a sophomore in high school, was the first member recruited; the original lineup included Schwab, Ethan Luck, bassist Matt Hernandez. Drummer Alex Albert was added when Hernandez left the band after a few rehearsals Luck moved to bass from drums. Luck left the band to join The Dingees in Summer 1997, after which high school senior Steven Dail joined in late 1997. Schwab comments in a 2004 interview regarding the number 86 in the band name: "The generation before us used that phrase to describe when they would reject or remove something...
Project 86 is like the whole idea of being rejected, or separate, or not going along with the current." The group did not travel much initially. In 1997, Project 86 was voted one of the top independent acts of the year by HM magazine readers. At Tomfest the same year, their performance was a big hit and Tooth & Nail Records, became interested and subsequently signed them. Bryan Carlstrom produced their self-titled debut, he had engineered albums by multi-platinum outfits The Offspring and Alice in Chains as well as producing labelmates Stavesacre. Schwab drew. Sonny Sandoval, lead singer of nu metal group P. O. D. appeared as a guest performer. The album was well received, it sold over 50,000 copies to date and gained mainstream exposure on MTV shows Road Rules and The Real World. Project 86 was observed by Allmusic to be the "most daring album at the time for its genre"; the success of their debut made Project 86 a top seller for Nail. The band embarked on a pioneering tour called "The Warriors Come Out and Play Tour" in May 1999 with friends P.
O. D. and Blindside as the middle slot, which drew crowds of 600-1000 across the nation. The group worked on their sophomore record with producer Garth "GGGarth" Richardson. In Vancouver, BC. Schwab wrote lyrics about a wider variety of issues, rather than just focusing on personal expression with their sophomore release: "The new album deals a lot less with me, more with the world around us; the sound was more progressive, with more hints of melody as well. As soon as the album was finished it garnered interest from several major labels, Atlantic records licensed the album for co-release with Tooth and Nail/BEC in March 2000. Drawing Black Lines peaked at No. 37 on Heatseekers, was well received by critics. By this time, listeners in the band had begun to amass a sizable fanbase. Despite heavy reliance on tour dates and word of mouth to inform people of its release, the album experienced some commercial success when it sold nearly 120,000 copies; the band added Cory Edelmann of No Innocent Victim, after the album was finished.
Project 86 traveled nationwide with P. O. D. Hed PE, Linkin Park on the "Kings of the Game" tour in October 2000, they played a string of shows with Queensrÿche. In 2002, Project 86 teamed with Slayer producer Matt Hyde to record their next album; the record was envisioned as a critique of the music industry. Formatted as a concept album, it told the story of a character attempting to find fulfillment in modern culture. "Songs were written and assembled with a certain ebb and flow in mind," said Schwab, "I approached the album like writing chapters in a book." The group spent over 14 months recording demos for Atlantic, which invested nearly $1,000,000 in the project when it was all said and done. Because of the pressure to produce radio singles, the sound of the album was quite different from its previous releases, as was Schwab's cryptic lyrics, which represented the frustrations of being stifled creatively and feeling powerless in the process. Truthless Heroes was released in September 2002 and peaked at No. 146 on the Billboard 200.
Their first and only single, "Hollow Again", peaked at No. 35 on Mainstream Rock Tra
Mutemath is an American alternative rock band from New Orleans that formed in 2002. The band only consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Paul Meany, but is subject to add future musicians, they draw from influences in 1960s and 1970s soul, psychedelic rock, jam band styles, utilizing vintage guitars and amplifiers, as well as Rhodes keyboards and other electronic instruments such as the keytar. Mutemath started in 2002 as a long distance collaboration between Paul Meany in New Orleans and Darren King in Springfield, Missouri; the two had known each other from their work together in Meany's previous band Earthsuit. Paul would receive instrumental demo CDs from Darren. Impressed with his efforts, Paul contacted Darren and asked if he could mess with the demos a bit, adding some ideas of his own. Darren obliged and the two would set in motion a sort of songwriting ping-pong match that would carry on for several months. In February 2002, Darren moved to New Orleans to work closer with Paul in hopes to at least turn their efforts into some kind of side-project.
Calling it "Math", the two explored many of their shared influences ranging from DJ Shadow to Bjork, yielding a lot of their earlier works to be more sample based electronica. After Meany's band broke up by that summer and Paul moved in together into a house they found in Mandeville, Louisiana where they spent all their time writing new songs and considering how to turn their side-project into a full band. By 2003, they had recruited guitarist Greg Hill, another Springfield, MO native and longtime friend of Darren's. All now living in Southern Louisiana, the three worked on expanding their collection of songs while broadening the sound to a more rock infused hybrid. With the addition of more of their collective band influences like The Police and U2 the music began to find a sound of its own. Paul took the early demos to producer Tedd T, who fell in love at first listen; the trio continued to work on demos with Tedd for a possible EP while playing shows on the side with different bass players experimenting with the idea of becoming a four-piece.
After months of considering different options for their new venture, the group decided to do things on their own and changed their name to "Mutemath". Joining up with Tedd and lawyer/manager Kevin Kookogey, they started an independent label Teleprompt Records. Within a couple months Teleprompt was able to put together a developmental-deal with Warner Music, Mutemath's debut Reset EP would be released that Fall on Warner's CCM label Word Records in an attempt to capitalize on the group's fan base from Earthsuit. By December 2004, the band recruited bass player Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas to become the official fourth member, they began touring to promote the release while using popular social networking sites like MySpace to spread word of the group. As their fan base grew, the band began to see an increasing number of shows sell out by early 2005. By the end of that year, they joined The Music is Much Too Loud Tour opening for Mae and Circa Survive where they began to chronicle their shows and updated their video blogs on a nightly basis attracting more and more people to the Mutemath ground-swell.
The band sold over 30,000 copies of Reset EP before the album went out of print in 2006. In January 2006, the band set out on a tour in support of their self-titled debut album, it was independently released in response to Warner Music Group's indecision on what to do with Mutemath's debut LP. So by late 2005, Teleprompt filed suit against Warner Music requesting Mutemath to be released from their contract while Teleprompt would proceed to promote and sell Mutemath's self-titled debut on its own.. The special edition of the album was only available as a "tour-only" release until it hit the Internet on Teleprompt's online store, selling more than 10,000 copies in its first month. Mutemath landed on the covers of Billboard and Pollstar being featured in Alternative Press and Spin as well as on the MTV News program'You Hear It First'; the group continued to tour vigorously, playing shows to crowds of thousands at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Van's Warped Tour, V Festival, CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, Voodoo Music Experience in their hometown of New Orleans.
After months of legal wrangling with parent label Warner Bros. Records, Teleprompt settled litigation out of court in August 2006 with a re-negotiated contract with Warner. WBR re-released the band's debut album Mutemath on September 26, 2006; the remastered album features reworked tracks from their Reset EP and a bonus limited-edition live EP. The album debuted at No. 17 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. The band returned to the road in early 2007 with opening dates for The Fray and Wolfmother in various cities and a brief headlining tour in Europe. Flesh And Bones Electric Fun, an exclusive live DVD was released on March 20, 2007 with an accompanying 43-city North American tour that ran through the first of May; the band received some unexpected publicity on American Idol when contestant Chris Sligh sang "Typical" on the show's Top 24 episode. Mutemath's first music video, for "Typical", premiered on YouTube on March 21, 2007; the video features the band performing the song backwards. The video made it on the New York Post Hot List and registered more than 100,000 views in less than four days.
It took three weeks for Mutemath to learn their parts backwards. When asked whether singing backwards or drumming backwards was more difficult, Paul Meany answered, "Darren had it the hardest." "Typical" was released as Mutemath's first radio single on April 10
Thousand Foot Krutch
Thousand Foot Krutch is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 1995. They have released eight albums, they have released two live albums and three remix albums. Singer Trevor McNevan and drummer Steve Augustine are members of their own side project band called FM Static and Joel Bruyere started his own solo project called "The Drawing Room" in 2009; the band has sold a million albums as of February 2014. Trevor McNevan founded the band in Peterborough, Ontario, a city northeast of Toronto, where he went to high school. Joel Bruyere, born in Brantford, was McNevan's childhood friend who had moved away but remained in contact with him. Drummer Steve Augustine is from Ontario. McNevan's first band was Oddball, which featured Dave Smith on guitar, Tim Baxter on bass and McNevan's good friend, Three Days Grace's Neil Sanderson, on drums. Oddball recorded only one album, released in 1995. McNevan is the founding member of TFK, formed in 1997 in Ontario. McNevan came up with TFK's name "symbolizing the point in our lives that we realize we can't make it on our own strength".
He has written and released seven albums with Thousand Foot Krutch to date and another four with his side project FM Static. TFK has worked with Aaron Sprinkle, Gavin Brown, Arnold Lanni, Ken Andrews on their last three Tooth and Nail-released records. Shutterbug was released by Trevor McNevan in 1995 under the band name Oddball. McNevan had friends Tim Baxter and Neil Sanderson, play on the album. There were 27 songs on the first half rock, the second half hip-hop. McNevan recorded it at Barry Haggarty's studio in his home town of Peterborough, Canada, he worked at other jobs to pay for the studio time. The song "Lift It," first appeared here and was re-recorded for Thousand Foot Krutch's first release That's What People Do and appeared again on Set It Off. That's What People Do was written the year McNevan started TFK in 1997, it is out of print. It sold over 5,000 copies. TFK climbed the ladder of local notoriety throughout Ontario and abroad. Reaching the ears of Ontario commercial radio, CKWF 101.5 FM in their home town of Peterborough added "Rhyme Animal", the band's first single from their independent recording, to their rotation.
It clicked with listeners and within two months ended up being one of the five most requested songs of the year. In 1999, TFK was chosen by 7 Ball Magazine as one of the top 25 bands in North America, they were awarded "Best Indie Recording" and McNevan awarded "Vocalist of the Year" by the readers of The Wire Magazine. They were awarded "Band of the Year" at the 2000 Wire Awards, they were voted as the No. 1 band of the millennium on 100.3 FM in Barrie, Ontario. Set It Off was released on November 14, 2000, it was the group's first indie label release. The sound of the album was distinct in its hip-hop influenced nu metal, though a few songs from the record impacted at both secular and Christian radio, the band gained notoriety entirely through self-promotion and word of mouth; the band toured it extensively across North America and ended up garnering much label attention by selling 85,000 copies of the indie release out of their van. The band printed a limited edition "Pre-release" version of "Set It Off" only sold at their release party at The Gordon Best Theatre in Peterborough, Ontario for their local fans.
TFK toured with Finger Eleven, Econoline Crush, Treble Charger, The Tea Party, Matthew Good Band, Sum 41 and others. Three Days Grace, a cover band at that time, was TFK's regular support act. McNevan helped with recordings of Three Days Grace's demo album, he is featured on their song "This Movie" from this album. Around this same time, Dave Smith left the group. Smith was replaced with Myke Harrison. After Dave Smith's departure, McNevan began writing all the guitar lines and the band has used a live guitar player instead of replacing him. Track seven from this album, entitled "Unbelievable" – a cover of the EMF song of the same name – appeared on the soundtrack for the 2010 movie "Just Wright". In 2003, the band signed with Seattle-based Tooth & Nail Records after long consideration and released their critically acclaimed second full-length CD, Phenomenon. Though something of a departure from the rap-heavy sound of Set it Off, Phenomenon still relied on McNevan's rhythmic vocals, albeit with a solid modern metal sound.
Phenomenon was well received, spawned 4 popular radio singles, including the anthemic "Rawkfist." The CD sold 200,000 units making it one of the best-selling albums in Nail's history. They continued this success with the 2004 re-release of Set it Off through Tooth & Nail, allowing for a larger print run and adding 6 songs, including five from "That's What People Do", one new song "Everyone Like Me", produced by Gavin Brown. In this same time, McNevan and Augustine started a side band called FM Static, which can be classified as a pop-punk or pop/rock band and is much more light-hearted. FM Static scored numerous No. 1 hits, including their songs "Crazy Mary", "Something to Believe in." In 2004, they toured with Kutless on the "Sea of Faces" tour alongside FM Static. On July 19, 2005, they released their third full-length album The Art of Breaking, produced by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace/Finger Eleven/Simple Pl
Anberlin is an American alternative rock band formed in Winter Haven, Florida in 2002, disbanded in 2014, reunited in 2018. Since the beginning of 2007, the band consisted of lead vocalist Stephen Christian, guitarists Joseph Milligan and Christian McAlhaney, bassist Deon Rexroat, drummer Nathan Young. Members of Anberlin formed a band under the name SaGoh 24/7 in 1998, releasing two studio albums before disbanding, with the members having a change in musical direction and name. Anberlin was formed in 2002. In 2005, the band released their second album; the band's third album, was released in 2007, became their first album to reach the top 20 of the Billboard 200, selling 34,000 copies in its debut week. Anberlin signed with major label Universal Republic in 2007 and in 2008 released New Surrender, which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, with the first single, "Feel Good Drag", claiming No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart, after 29 weeks in the chart. Prior to the release of their fifth studio album, Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place, Anberlin had sold over 1,000,000 albums.
Their sixth studio album Vital was released October 16, 2012, rereleased on Big3 Records under the title Devotion a year October 15, 2013. On January 16, 2014, it was announced that Anberlin would be disbanding in 2014 after recording their seventh and final studio album, Lowborn, on their original label, Tooth & Nail Records, touring one last time. Lead singer Stephen Christian met bassist Deon Rexroat while they were both in high school, they formed a punk band called SaGoh 24/7. Drummer Sean Hutson and guitarist Joseph Milligan joined the group as well; the band released two albums, Servants After God's Own Heart, Then I Corrupt Youth, both under Rescue Records. After the albums sold only 1,300 units, Hutson left the band to start a family, Nathan Young was brought in as a replacement. Christian and Rexroat began working on a side project, marking the beginning of the end for SaGoh 24/7; the side project's sound transformed after a suggestion from Milligan to develop more of a rock sound for Anberlin.
They used money left over from shows SaGoh had performed and teamed up with producer Matt Goldman to record five demos. The demos that were posted on PureVolume. On the advice of friends, including Chad Johnson, Timmy McTague from Underoath, the band signed with Tooth & Nail Records. Out of the five demos Anberlin recorded with Matt Goldman, three were chosen to be reworked for the band's debut album, the lead single "Readyfuels", "Driving" and "Foreign Language". Another song, "Embrace the Dead", was recorded as a demo track and is mistaken as an Anberlin song, the song didn't make it onto the band's debut album as it didn't constitute the stylistic direction the band wanted to head in. After hearing demos from the band Acceptance, Anberlin chose to record their debut album with the same producer, Aaron Sprinkle, creating a relationship that would last the entire duration of their time with Tooth & Nail Records. A year after their formation, their first album as a new band was entitled Blueprints for the Black Market.
It failed to chart, but spurred on by their debut single, "Readyfuels", the album sold over 60,000 units. They toured with other bands in their label. Rhythm guitarist Joey Bruce was ejected from the band. According to Christian, he was "all about sex and drugs", was going in a different direction than the rest of the band. After several failed replacements, Nathan Strayer from The Mosaic took over rhythm guitar duties. Anberlin released their follow-up to Blueprints, Never Take Friendship Personal, in early 2005, again produced by Aaron Sprinkle. Charting at No. 144 on the Billboard 200, the album brought the band closer to the mainstream. NTFP was more well received by critics than Blueprints for the Black Market. Before its release, the band promoted the album by releasing a track per week on their PureVolume and MySpace website accounts, as well as on their own website. Two singles were released from the album: "A Day Late" and "Paperthin Hymn". Both were reasonably successful on alternative rock radio, with the latter peaking at the No. 38 position on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Anberlin participated in a number of compilations during this time, recording covers of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone", Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence," and the song "Christmas". Anberlin's third album produced by Aaron Sprinkle was released in early 2007 under the title Cities, it sold 34,000 copies in its first week of release, debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart, like their previous album, received positive reviews from critics. Before the release of Cities, the band released Godspeed EP through the iTunes Store in late 2006 to give a preview to the new album. In support of the album, Anberlin held their first headlining tour, supported by Bayside, Meg & Dia and Jonezetta. In an interview about the album, Christian commented that the lyrics throughout the band's discography are progressively becoming more mature. "The first CD was childish in the manner that it was Man vs. World in the lyrics; the second was Man Vs. Man. Cities is more adult in the manner. Cities was the most anticipated album on Jesus Freak Hideout's Most Anticipated Albums of 2007.
Three to four weeks before the release of Cities, it was announced that guitarist Nathan Strayer