SxSW 2009 Live: Anberlin

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Aidan Williamson

29th March 2009
At 23:25 GMT

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With the promise of performances by Anberlin, The Bled and The Used all in one evening, the Cedar Door is looking somewhat packed tonight.

The image of Wall Street traders, desperately grasping for prominence amid the flurry of population density serves this venue well, especially if you subject an average of 15 years from each person in that image. A feeble white line marks the pathway by which the bands access the stage. A few particles of chalk separating the fans from their idols. Predictably, then, said line is populated by a veritable who's-who of the emo-whore gang. Got blonde hair, a push-up bra and low-cut top? Welcome to the white mile!

For their part Anberlin kicked off with a faultless set, pacing the larger stage with the preying attitude of a herd of lions. Drawing little from earlier material (we still have a longing to hear "Save the World" live) the focus is squarely on the new. Which, seeing as the last album was full of hook-laden pop gems with a generous amount of mosh-fodder, is no bad thing at all.

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