Basic Background Info

Birth: February 26, 1987
Location: Tampa, Florida
Band: Anberlin
Genres: Alternative Rock, Emo, Post-Punk, Indie Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Drummer


There are only several ways you can get into a band. Maybe you go to their tryouts, you've got skills, something clicks, and they choose you. Maybe you're friends with one or more of the other members, maybe just a friend of a friend. Or maybe you've got such stand-out, raw talent that everyone can recognize it. That is how Nathan 'Knate' Young joined Anberlin at the tender age of sixteen when he was still so young that the band made him hitch a ride on the Reliant K tour bus because they did not trust him behind the wheel!

But touring in support of Anberlin's first album, Blueprints for the Black Market, was hardly Nathan Young's first experience drumming in front of live audiences. Nathan Young began his drumming career when he was ten. Two years later, Nathan Young was already playing in local bands. The band that would become Anberlin was already familiar with his work. Frontman Stephen Christian recalls, 'We used to go watch [Nate's] band when he was twelve, because here's this child prodigy that was just mind-blowing! So we incorporated him in a couple of years later.'

Of his own drumming style, Nathan Young humbly states,'ìI can hit real hard and I have pretty high endurance.' The absurdly simple quip belies the elegantly intense beats that fans and critics have come to praise him for.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
2003 Blueprints for the Black Market Anberlin
2003 Never Take Friendship Personal Anberlin
2006 Godspeed EP Anberlin
2007 Cities Anberlin
2007 Lost Songs Anberlin
2008 New Surrender Anberlin
2010 Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place Anberlin
2012 Vital Anberlin
2014 Lowborn Anberlin


  • Nathan watches Lord of the Rings almost every week.
  • He has 19:14 tattooed inside his bottom lip in reference to Psalm 19:14 which says, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
  • In 2008, Nathan teamed up with Tim McTague (Underoath), Jay Vilardi (The Almost), and cinematographer Ryan Gardner to create Verdure Studio.  It is a nonmusical side-project that focuses on visual art.
  • Nathan is one of Anberlin's founding members, as well as the youngest overall.
  • As of 2008, Nathan Young is dating Angela Nelson. Angela is Underoath guitarist Tim McTague's wife's sister.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Truth Drums
Cymbals: Meinl

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