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Lawrence KS, United States (1997 – 2004)

The Anniversary was an indie rock band formed in 1997 in Lawrence, Kansas. The band released two full length albums: “Your Majesty and “Designing a Nervous Breakdown” as well as a number of splits. Originally a group of high school friends, Matthew Pryor of The Get Up Kids approached them about recording an album. Designing a Nervous Breakdown was the result. The band broke up on February 6, 2004 despite having a number of songs ready for a third album. Three of the members joined together to form the band The Only Children, taking a few of the completed songs along with them. Justin Roelofs went off to release a self-titled album under the name White Flight and Adrianne Verhoeven released the album “Smoke Rings” under the name Dri.


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  • Siberiandreamer

    Lol at Jimmy Eat World being 'shitty' and not changing their sound.JEW had a nice, natural progression from their roots and these guys changed a lot in one album.

    25 Apr 8:05pm Reply
  • TheMahouShoujo

    I was initially disappointed with Your Majesty, seeing as how awesome and unique Design of a Nervous Breakdown was (though I immediately fell in love with Sweet Marie). After many years later, I've learned to appreciate it on it's own merit.

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • diamond_tough

    to clarify (get it? Jimmy Eat World?) I think YM is a decent album, I got a used copy of it for like 7 bux on vinyl, it has a different picture on the insert, it's rad, I'm fucking awesome. Anyways, it's a good album, I was like 18 when it came out and my favorite bands were NOFX, Lagwagon and Mad Caddies so obviously my taste in music was pretty fucking laughable then. Not everyone has cool older brothers after all. So yeah, I like Your Majesty, just not even close enough to how much I like Designing though.

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • exSpectacularrr

    Whoa man, I couldn't disagree with y'all more about Your Majesty -- that album is superb. It is, agreed, totally different from Designing a Nervous Breakdown, and initially I too was thrown for a loop. But unlike a lot of shitty bands (Jimmy Eat World or The Decemberists or you name it) that just retread the same crap from one album to the next, this is a band that wanted to keep growing -- and they did. Right from the opening drum line, Your Majesty is a superb rock-and-roll album that is tightly orchestrated, and their shows during that era were killer, too. For me, the difference was that I had to come to the album from a different mood. If you're in the mood for Designing, then no doubt YM ain't gonna cut it. But next time you're in the mood for some faintly retro-tinged rock (think, perhaps, The Strokes or The White Stripes, though I don't love those bands), give Your Majesty another chance. I think it's a crying shame they didn't hold it together long enough for a 3rd album.

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • todayfun I hear this band just had sex with The Anniversary.

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • aFonderReel

    pls split up the page for Anniversary hardcore band ...

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • diamond_tough

    Designing A Nervous Breakdown is their best, they lost everything that made them 'emo' and good with Your Majesty [2] You couldn't imagine how upset I was when Your Majesty came out cause I was so hyped on Designed and I then I play YM and I was like "what the fuck!? Are you fucking kidding me!" I got over it after a few years and it's aight but shit I was actually UPSET when that album came out, I guess I feel the same way today about Zoo by Ceremony, god that album sucks.

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • The0Zero

    Does anyone else see Designing A Nervous Breakdown as a concept album? I don't think they intended it to be and the lyrics probably don't match up that well between the songs, but I can't help but listen to it like all the songs are about the same subject.

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • rej0inder

    full from the dinner, but feeling somewhat thinner; aching in the chest..

    2 Nov 2011 Reply
  • -jnns-da-arc-

    Designing A Nervous Breakdown is their best, they lost everything that made them 'emo' and good with Your Majesty [2]

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • HerrSartorius

    Just listened to Vasil & Bluey for the first time in years and as always it made my heart melt.

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Imnotahipster

    n a t b b e w b t s..

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Imnotahipster

    b b e!

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Onward-Foster

    Designing A Nervous Breakdown is their best, they lost everything that made them 'emo' and good with Your Majesty

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • windowview

    Would love these guys to reform! So god damn listenable.

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • diegohc4ever

    i love anniversary, a really fucking great band... greentings for all, from brazil hugs people

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • -jnns-da-arc-

    all things ordinary.

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ixlovextofu

    Unlike a lot of emo music (yep, I said it), Your Majesty has aged so well (even the album artwork). Perhaps that because it does not sound much like emo at all...

    18 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ErasedLittleMan

    just ordered devil on our side. cannot wait.

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ilovetimgunn

    i know what's best is suchhh an underrated song.

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
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