Never Take Friendship Personal (3:32)

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From Never Take Friendship Personal and 4 other releases

This is the title track of Never Take Friendship Personal (2005) by American alternative rock band Anberlin. It is about former guitarist Joey Bruce, who was ejected from the band because he was “all about sex and drugs.” The track features Ryan Clark (Demon Hunter, Invisible Creature) on screamed vocals.

“It was a July morning, I woke up and realized I had dreamt about killing someone so many different ways in just one nights worth of dreams. I told my tour manager about it, he laughed because he probably had the same dream about the same person. This songs lists a few of the ways.

Ryan Clark originally screamed as a placeholder, we ended up liking it, so it stayed on the record. In retrospect I wish it wasn’t there only because a genre of screaming and singing combined suddenly became a thing and for a second people lumped us in that category. We did not want to shed our ‘Christian Emo Indie Warped Tour Alternative Radio Rock’ label that we had worked so hard to achieve.”
- Stephen Christian


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