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Anarbor in 2011
Background information
OriginPhoenix, Arizona
GenresPop punk, pop rock, alternative rock
LabelsHopeless Records
MembersSlade Echeverria
Adam Juwig
Danny Stravers
Stephen Majalca
Jess Myers
Dave Melillo
Mike Kitlas
Greg Garrity
Tyler Hedstrom (deceased)

Anarbor is an American rock band from Phoenix, Arizona that was formed in 2003. The band is composed of lead vocalist and bassist Slade Echeverria, guitarist Adam Juwig, and guitarist Danny Stravers. Initially known as "Troop 101", the band later changed their name to "Anarbor". In April 2008, the band was signed to Hopeless Records while still attending high school in Arizona. Since then, the band has released four EPs and three studio albums.


The band started playing together in Garrity's garage in the Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee in early 2003. They played their first show on July 17, 2003 at Skateland in Chandler, AZ. Shortly after the band's first show, they added bassist Jess Myers. The band continued to play all over the Phoenix metro area throughout their high school years. In December 2004, the band went into the studio with producer Matt Grabe to record their debut EP, "You Brought This On Yourself", which was released locally in May 2005.

Their self-released EP, Hearing Colours, Seeing Sounds, was released digitally in March 2008 and peaked at No. 62 on's Top Album chart.

Their debut Hopeless Records release, The Natural Way, came out on August 19, 2008. The four song digital release debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top Singles Album Chart. In October 2008, Jess Myers announced her departure from the band, due to excessive touring and her interest in going to college.

An acoustic version of Anarbor's song "Passion for Publication" appeared in the compilation Take Action! Volume 9.

The band released Free Your Mind on March 10, 2009.

On April 20, 2010, the band released their first full-length studio album, entitled The Words You Don't Swallow, which peaked at number 50 on Billboards Independent Albums chart[1] and number 16 on the Heatseekers chart.[2]

On March 8, 2011, the group released an EP of cover songs and remixes entitled The Mixtape.

In 2012 the band released two singles: "Whiskey In Hell (Rough Cut)", which was released on February 7, and "Damage I've Done", released on October 2.

On May 6, 2013, Anarbor announced that their new album would be called Burnout and that it would be released via Hopeless Records on June 4.[3] On the same day they released a lyric video for a new song, "Every High Has a Come Down".[4] On May 14, 2013, Anarbor released a lyric video for another song off of Burnout, titled "Who Can Save Me Now", via the official Hopeless Records YouTube Channel.[5] On May 29, the entire album was uploaded for streaming on YouTube.[6]

On September 20, 2014, The band announced on Twitter that they did not break up, but are "taking a bit of a break". A year later, the band posted on Twitter that they were working on new music.[7]

Throughout early 2016, the band posted on their Facebook that they were in the process of recording and mixing their new album. They announced on April 13 that they had finished the new album.

On July 29, 2016 they released their self-titled album. No longer on Hopeless Records, they released their album independently.

In November 2016 Anarbor went on a US tour supporting Headlining Emarosa along with Cold Collective.

In the month of July 2017 they went on tour with Sundressed, touring the West Coast, Pacific Northwest and parts of the Midwest in the United States.

On July 29, 2017, the band had released an official statement that drummer Tyler Hedstrom had died on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by suicide at the age of 17. In the events after, the band and family had set a gofundme goal of $15,000 in order to pay for Tyler's funeral expenses. The fundraising was pulled after the band and family had raised over $20,000. The band performed the song, "Pushaway", for the first time at Tyler's memorial service.


The song "Let the Games Begin" was featured on an episode of MTV's series The Hills. In addition, Anarbor's music is featured daily on ESPN's top-rated show Sports Center.

Anarbor was chosen to write and record the theme song for the Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins movie, due out in September 2009. They have filmed a music video, "You and I", which aired on Cartoon Network that showcases the tune, in addition to playing on the movie's trailer. Anarbor's tune "Let the Games Begin" has also been chosen to be the theme song to "Good Day L.A.", a national talk show broadcast from Los Angeles.

"Let the Games Begin" was also featured on the NFL kickoff show, on NBC, during a recap of the 2008-2009 season.

"Let the Games Begin" has also been featured in the episode "Boards of Glory" in Stoked, a hit Canadian cartoon on Teletoon.

"Let the Games Begin" is the theme song for MLB Network Countdown.

Anarbor competed on the MTV comedy "Silent Library" which first aired on June 21, 2010.

"Always Dirty, Never Clean" was featured on Jersey Shore season two, episode one.

"Passion for Publication" and "Let The Games Begin" were also featured on Jersey Shore season two, episode four.

"You And I" was featured on Cartoon Network for the movie "Scooby-Doo The Mystery Begins" as a commercial music video.[8]

"You and I" was also featured in the episode "Brofinger" from Stoked.

Anarbor was featured on the MTV show "10 on Top" which first aired on April 2, 2011.

Band members



Release Date Album Title Record Label
May 6, 2005 You Brought This On Yourself (Troop 101) Self-Release
March 4, 2008 Hearing Colours, Seeing Sounds Self-Release
August 19, 2008 The Natural Way

Hopeless//Sub City Records
March 10, 2009 Free Your Mind Hopeless//Sub City Records
April 20, 2010 The Words You Don't Swallow Hopeless//Sub City Records
March 8, 2011 The Mixtape Hopeless//Sub City Records
June 4, 2013 Burnout Hopeless Records
July 29, 2016 Anarbor Independent
August 14, 2018 The EP ELVN ELVN RCRDS

External links


  1. ^ "Anarbor Chart History". Billboard.
  2. ^ "Anarbor Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Anarbor Announce New Album "Burnout", Now Available For Pre Order". Hopeless Records. Archived from the original on 9 August 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ ""Every High Has a Come Down" Lyric Video". YouTube. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ ""Who Can Save Me Now" Lyric Video". YouTube. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Common, Tyler. "Anarbor stream new album, "Burnout"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ Anarbor [@Anarbor] (20 September 2014). "We DID NOT break up!! We are taking a bit of a break. Thank you for all the love and support you've given over the years" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Cizmar, Martin. "Anarbor Song in Scooby Doo Movie, Band Plays Tempe Show Tomorrow". Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Nicki, Escudero. "Anarbor are Recovering on the Warped Tour After Bombing in Japan". Retrieved 2013.

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