RIYL: Rainer Maria, The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids

Label: Vagrant

When I get into that nostalgic frame of mind and want that quintessential midwest emo album, I immediately put on The Anniversary’s classic debut Designing a Nervous Breakdown.  Released in 2000, emo had already morphed and splintered into subgenres, but The Anniversary were one of the few groups in the arena that found a truly unique voice, thanks in part to Josh Berwanger and Adrianne Verhoeven’s boy-girl harmonies and to their inclusion of the moog synthesizer as a centric instrument.  While my emo phase was short-lived, I’m happy that it happened while these guys were in their prime.

For well over a decade, fans have been begging for a reissue, and it’s finally here!  The splatter variant is the rarest of the bunch, but you have a myriad of color choices that you can check out HERE.  You can also grab their very underrated sophomore release Her Majesty with that link too.

The Details

Splatter Vinyl
Limited to 150 pieces

Price $24.99

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