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The Anniversary

The Anniversary brought their own blend of male-female vocals, jangly guitars, and synth keyboards to the emo scene after signing with Heroes and Villains, an imprint of Vagrant Records, in 1999. Hailing from Kansas, the group began expanding their fanbase beyond the Midwest with the release of 2000's Designing a Nervous Breakdown, a strong debut that earned them comparisons to their label owners, the Get Up Kids, as well as another boy-girl synth pop band, the Rentals. At the core of the group were three lead vocalists -- guitarists Josh Berwanger, Justin Roelofs, and keyboardist Adrianne Verhoeven -- with drummer Christian Jankowski and bassist James David filling out the rhythm section. Borrowing from the theatrics of '80s rock bands, the Anniversary reveled in adding glittery pyrotechnics to their live shows, and their recognition grew during the new millennium.

The band issued a split EP with Superdrag in fall 2001 and later collaborated with the Pulsars' Dave Trumfio for their 2002 sophomore effort, Your Majesty. After the release of Your Majesty, the Anniversary began demoing tracks for their next album but were eventually derailed by creative differences, which forced the group to split up. After the breakup, Berwanger, Jankowski, and David formed the Only Children, while Verhoeven sang in a number of bands before releasing an album in 2008 under the name D*R*I*. Roelofs pursued other projects, too, releasing a record under the name White Flight. In 2008, Vagrant paid tribute to the group by releasing the double-disc set Devil on Our Side: Rarities and B-Sides, comprised of demos that spanned the group's entire career, as well as singles and compilation tracks. ~ Ron DePasquale
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Devil On Our Side: B-Sides And Rarities

Disc 1

1. Fletcher Durbin

2. Alright For Now

3. Alone In Debtford

4. Those Eyes

5. Hold Me Tonight

6. Lowtide And Hospital Bed

7. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

8. I Haven't Slept

9. Diamonds And Daisies

10. Kids In Carolina

11. 100 Ships

12. Till We Earned A Holiday

Disc 2

1. Vasil & Bluey

2. To Never Die Young

4. I Believe That The End Of The Reign Of Terror Is Soon Near

6. Che

7. Ain't That Bad

8. Kali

9. I Know What's Best

10. Lover

11. Let It Slip

12. Lodi

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Track List: Your Majesty

1. Sweet Marie

2. Crooked Crown

3. Peace, Pain & Regret

4. Husam Husam

5. The Siren Sings

6. Never Die Young

7. Tu-Whitt Tu-Whoo

8. The Ghost Of The River

9. Devil On My Side

10. The Death Of The King

11. Follow The Sun

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Track List: Designing A Nervous Breakdown

1. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

2. All Things Ordinary

3. Perfectly

4. The D In Detroit

5. Emma Discovery

6. Shu Shubat

7. Till We Earned A Holiday

8. Without Panasos

9. Hart Crane

10. Outro In No Minor

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I first heard them in 2000 when designing a nervous breakdown came out. Forever changed my views on music. I was 13. S**t is amazing.
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ah designing a nervous breakdown good album. I saw them once at the Metro in Chicago. Awesome show Selby Tigers opened for them.
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Dude, I was listening ti these guys as a seniour in HS. Over ten years now. They should totally get back together for one more albumn.
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nobodys commented on the anniversary? my old favorite band
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dicksmith_3
Holy Balls! These guys are kick a**. Always a bummer when you discover a killer band like this all too late. Its a shame they had such a short run
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Still rocking my Your Majesty shirt once a week...
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effin great
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anthony.vanh
Sweet Marie - Great song
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fav band..ever
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they used to play locally but i never liked them.
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so glad i got to see em live before they broke up.
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callasuffrid g e
They take me back to wine in smoky basements, young love, and a lot of pot..
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I forgot how good Sweet Marie is. This band had a few huge songs.
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jdoreen
Mike Burns, I completely agree.
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This band was incredible. They take me back to better days
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<3 <3
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