RIYL: Rainer Maria, The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids
When I get into that nostalgic frame of mind and want thatÂ quintessential midwest emo album, I immediately put on The Anniversary’s classic debut Designing a Nervous Breakdown. Â Released in 2000, emo had already morphedÂ and splintered into subgenres, but The Anniversary were one of the few groups in the arena that found a truly unique voice, thanksÂ in part toÂ Josh Berwanger andÂ Adrianne Verhoeven’s boy-girl harmonies and to their inclusion of the moog synthesizerÂ as a centric instrument. Â 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! Â The splatter variant is the rarest of the bunch, but you have a myriad of color choices that you can check out HERE. Â You can also grab their very underrated sophomore release Her Majesty with that link too.
Limited to 150 pieces
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