Band Photo: Converge (?)
From: Boston, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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Following the release of 2012’s "All We Love We Leave Behind" (reviewed here), Converge frontman Jacob Bannon stars in "Rungs in a Ladder," the latest short form documentary by production team McFarland and Pecci.
In “Rungs in a Ladder,” which premiered last week on Vice's music site Noisey, Bannon reflects on life, art, and purpose. The documentary is shot as a continuous thought that sprawls in multiple directions but focuses ultimately on purpose.
Directed by Ian McFarland, "Rungs in the Ladder" is the latest in an ongoing series of documentaries by McFarland and Pecci profiling people carving a meaningful existence for themselves on the fringes of society. Check out the video below. More...
Even though Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 happened just a couple of miles from my apartment, it felt like an epic, festival journey. It was akin to driving from Texas to Maryland for the Maryland Death Fest. The road trip I took to a festival was in 2001 to the defunct Milwaukee Metal Fest. That trip was a mere 7-8 hours in the car from Michigan. Making it to Fun Fun Fun Fest meant 24 hours in the car, from Michigan to Texas. Unlike any other festival trip, though, I could sleep in my own bed after a long day of music and festivities.
4:30 AM November 2nd—I hit the highway outside Sikeston, Missouri, made it to Georgetown, Texas round 3:30 PM and immediately left for Austin. The highway reminded me of those nature programs depicting army ants traveling head to butt in a single file line through the forest. The festival surely added to Friday’s gridlock. I anxiously pushed on, trying to make it home in time to catch the best day of the fest for metal. Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Burning Love, Converge and Tomahawk comprised this lineup. Despite my diligence, I would miss all of these acts.
Having arrived at the festival around 7 PM, I figured I missed the day’s metal acts, and would look towards Run DMC’s performance. My coverage was even further delayed by mistakes in issuing press credentials. While waiting for my photo pass, droning notes emanated from the Yellow Stage. Normally this stage features comedians, but after 5 PM, bands took the stage. I asked a staff member who was playing and he said Super Chunk. More...
The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...
Converge is currently streaming the band's 8th studio album, "All We Love We Leave Behind," which will be available October 9th via Epitaph Records (vinyl on Deathwish). The record stream comes as Converge takes the cover of October's Decibel Magazine.
Fans are invited to stream the new album that includes original art for each track by front-man Jacob Bannon in the player available below.
All of our albums are emotional but I feel this is our most potent album to date," says Jacob Bannon. “Success to me is creating something that's moving and fulfilling and I truly feel both of those things when I listen back and experience this album from start to finish." More...
Boston's Converge has released a brand new track titled “Shame In The Way,” taken from new studio album, "All We Love We Leave Behind," available October 9th via Epitaph Records (vinyl on Deathwish). Give the song a listen through Pitchfork.com here. The new album's track listing is:
1. Aimless Arrow - 2:23
2. Trespasses - 2:43
3. Tender Abuse - 1:25
4. Sadness Comes Home - 3:12
5. Empty On The Inside - 2:29
6. Sparrow's Fall - 1:27
7. Glacial Pace - 4:25
8. No Light Escapes (bonus) - 0:51
9. Vicious Muse - 1:52
10. Veins And Veils - 2:32
11. Coral Blue - 4:48
12. Shame In The Way - 1:57
13. On My Shield (bonus) - 4:14
14. Precipice - 1:47
15. All We Love We Leave Behind - 4:07
16. Runaway (bonus) - 2:03
17. Predatory Glow - 3:25 More...
AUSTIN, TX (SEPTEMBER 5, 2012) – FUN FUN FUN FEST announced today the daily schedule for the 7th annual festival with Single Day Tickets now on sale for the Fest to be held November 2-4, 2012 at Auditorium Shores in Austin.
Recently reunited legendary hip-hop outfit Run-D.M.C will headline opening night, along with performances from Santigold, seminal L.A. punk group X, Dillon Francis and Twin Sister. Saturday night will feature Girl Talk, Johnny Lydon’s PiL, Refused, A$AP Rocky, Diamond Rugs and more. Closing out the final day of the Fest are sets by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Turbonegro, Etienne De Crecy, and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Check out the complete schedule by day with performance times below. More...
Norwegian act Kvelertak will return to the U.S. this fall to tour alongside Converge and Torche. Nails, Coalesce and Whips/Chains will perform on select shows as well. The band says:
"Converge brought us out for our first-ever European tour two years ago, so it's a great honor for us that they now are taking us out on our first proper U.S. tour! Not to mention the other bands, that line-up is ridiculous. Needless to say, we're beyond excited!"
The band also announced via Twitter that recording has begun for a new album, stating "First day at Godcity with Kurt Ballou. All I can say is, this album is going to fuck the first album in the ass. Hard."
See Kvelertak live: More...
Converge will release new studio album, "All We Love We Leave Behind," on October 9th, along with a deluxe package that includes a 48 page full-color hardcover, clothbound book with original art created by front-man Jacob Bannon via Epitaph (vinyl on Deathwish).
Accompanying the track "Aimless Arrow” is a new video directed by filmmaker Max Moore (Whips/Chains, Code Orange Kids, etc) that visually expands on the heavy emotional lyrical content that the song carries. The new single can be heard in the player below or over at Pitchfork.com by going here. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"For the first time in years, All We Love We Leave Behind is an album that contains no special guests or outside collaborators and every aspect of the music, production and aesthetics of the album was handled by Converge in order to give listeners an unfiltered glimpse into the creative vision of these Boston-based innovators.
"Recorded and mixed by guitarist Kurt Ballou at his renowned Godcity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts, All We Love We Leave Behind is a no-frills Converge album that sees the band—which also features vocalist Jacob Bannon, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller—eschewing fancy production techniques in order to create seventeen songs that work as a cohesive whole yet can also stand on their own."
"There's no artificial distortion, triggers, or Auto-Tune on this album," Ballou explains, "it's all organic, it’s real sounds that capture the way the band performs live."
"I think we really stepped up our game on this record. The most important thing to this band is that with every album we want to create something that excites us and moves us in some way," explains Bannon. "There are a lot of subtle nuances on this record are really special to us and we definitely hit those individually on this record."
"It's always been important for us to have a lot of dynamics in our music because no one wants to listen to a million miles an hour all the time," Bannon responds when asked about the melodic mid-tempo groove of a song like "Coral Blue." More...
Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced its finalized lineup for 2012. In addition to headliners Run-DMC, Refused, Santigold and David Cross, who appear on genre-related, color-coded stages, the festival features a Black Stage devoted to heavier acts. Some of these acts include Tomahawk, Turbonegro, Earth, Napalm Death, Against Me, Between The Buried & Me, Municipal Waste and many more (see the complete lineup below). More...
Converge and Napalm Death have come together for a split release, bridging the worlds of personal and politically driven extreme music. A teaser for the split can be heard below, and the following press release was also issued:
"Recorded as part of the band's new album sessions, Converge offer up the blazing new song 'No Light Escapes.' Already a staple of their live set, this whirlwind of an emotional charged song is a soon to be a discordant hardcore/metal anthem for the band. Also on the release, Converge offer a 'We Are The World' styled rendition of the influential Entombed classic 'Wolverine Blues.' Joining them in tribute is a number of friends including Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates, Lock Up), Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Split Cranium), Kevin Baker (APMD, The Hope Conspiracy), Brian Izzi (Trap Them), and more. A new Converge album will surface later in 2012 on Epitaph/Deathwish.
"On the flip side, metal pioneers Napalm Death offer up two new aural monsters. First, 'Will By Mouth' erupts in classic grind fashion. A buzz of brutal guitars and a crushing blast beat lay a foundation for Barney Greenway's vicious vocal attack. All of it uniquely bleeding together to paint a vivid picture of social unrest. Also on the release, Napalm Death offer the slower and textural new song 'No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal).' A deeply resonant number that lyrically sheds light on the horrific Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. Without question, 'No Impediment…' is truly a powerful and poignant moment for this legendary band."
Pre-orders are now available through Deathwish, and the track listing is as follows:
1. No Light Escapes - Converge
2. Wolverine Blues - Converge
3. Will By Mouth - Napalm Death
4. No Impediment To Triumph (Bophal) - Napalm Death More...
Converge has announced a brief run of European dates that will take place this August. Later this week, the band will also be hitting the road in the U.S. with Loma Prieta, Git Some, and others. Converge will release a new album on Epitaph/Deathwish in 2012, and has the following upcoming tour dates:
04/01: Providence, RI @ The Met w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Deafheaven & Morne
04/02: Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Regents
04/03: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizons w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/04: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/05: Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/06: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Burning Love
04/07: Lansing, MI @ The Loft w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: The Armed
04/08: Chicago, IL @ Reggies w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Weekend Nachos
04/09: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Ringworm
04/11: Richmond, VA @ Kingdom w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, Pygmy Lush
04/12: Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Guests: Pygmy Lush (ex-Pg.99)
04/13: Philly, PA @ Union Transfere w/ Git Some, and Guests: Pianos Become The Teeth
04/14: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall w/ Git Some, Pianos Become The Teeth
08/02: Viveiro, Spain @ Resurrection Festival
08/03: Katowice, Poland @ Off Festival
08/04: Hannover, Germany @ Chez Heinz w/ Rise And Fall, Oathbreaker, and Birds In Row
08/05: Port, UK @ Hevy Festival
08/06: Paris, France @ Le Glazart w/ Toxic Holocaust, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/07: Geneve, Switzerland @ L'usine w/ Toxic Holocaust, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/08: Munchen, Germany @ Feierwerk w/ Toxic Holocaust, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/09: Wien, Austria @ Szene w/ Darkest Hour, Rise And Fall, and Birds In Row
08/10: Jaromer, Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival
08/11: Karlsuhe, Germany @ Stadtmitte w/ Rise And Fall, Birds In Row
08/12: Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest
Rise and Fall, which recently released a music video for the track "Hidden Hands," has now announced a series of upcoming summer shows alongside Converge, Toxic Holocaust, and Birds In Row. Details are as follows:
08/04: Hannover, Germany @ Chez Heinz w/ Converge, Oathbreaker, Birds In Row
08/05: Port, UK @ Hevy Festival
08/06: Paris, France @ Le Glazart w/Converge, Toxic Holocaust, Birds In Row
08/07: Geneve, Switzerland @ L'usine w/Converge, Toxic Holocaust, Birds In Row
08/08: Munchen, Germany @ Feierwerk w/ Converge,Toxic Holocaust, Birds In Row
08/09: Wien, Austria @ Szene w/ Converge, Darkest Hour, Birds In Row
08/10: Jaromer, Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival
08/11: Karlsuhe, Germany @ Stadtmitte w/ ConvergeBirds, In Row
08/12: Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest
Converge has posted the following brief statement online about finishing the vocal recording sessions for an upcoming new album:
"Finished vocals for the new Converge album last night. The session was filmed for the upcoming mini-documentary on me by McFarland and Pecci."
Further details on the upcoming Converge album will be announced as they are made available. Photos from the recording sessions have also been posted online via Facebook.
Converge will be appearing on the "H.E.L.L." compilation, and a new trailer for the release has now been posted online. Check out the clip below. The following statement was also released about the project:
"Happy Holidays! We’re very excited to finally be able to announce this project in its entirety. In 2007, Gordon Riker & Kelly Wallace both tragically passed away in bike accidents in Boston, MA. Shortly after, friends of their’s started a non-profit organization titled H.E.L.L. (Helping Everyone Live Longer).
"H.E.L.L. is a DIY group that primarily operates in Boston’s punk and hardcore scene that both Gordon and Kelly were heavily involved in. H.E.L.L.’s main goal is to give out free helmets from donations while raising bike safety awareness. You can learn more about H.E.L.L. at helpingeveryonelivelonger.org
"For the last year, we’ve been working on a compilation to help raise money and awareness for H.E.L.L. This compilation features songs and artwork from Gordon and Kelly’s friends, family, and favorite bands, as well as a few others who have lost someone close to them. Contributions are not just primarily from the Greater Boston area, but also Florida, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Qu?bec. All proceeds from this compilation will go directly to helping keep H.E.L.L. alive.
"The compilation includes NEW, EXCLUSIVE, and UNRELEASED songs from 108, Alanna (ex-Medicated Kisses), Jason Anderson, Attica! Attica (ex-Marathon/De La Hoya), Battle!, The Faux, The First Annual (ex-Guns Up!), Fly Upright Kite, Form & File, Foxfires (ex-Last Lights/Four Year Strong), Give and Take (ex-Battle!), Hunger (ex-Unrestrained/Crucial Times), Late Nite Wars, Life & Limb (ex-Maintain), Brian Marquis (ex-Therefore I Am), Our Lives (members of Vanna/Always & Forever), Powerwolves, Roadrage, Oscar Albis Rodriguez (of Ghost Robot Ninja Bear/ex-Nakatomi Plaza), Peter Long, Ten Thirty Nine, Undark and the Radium Girls, Vanna, Wrong Body (ex-A Loss for Words), yellowbirddd (ex-Fly Upright Kite), and rare songs from Converge, Paint it Black, Four Year Strong, and Freezepop." More...
Swedish death metal giants Amon Amarth are the latest band to confirm an appearance at the Brutal Assault 2012 Festival. The festival will be held from August 9-11, 2012 at the Old Army Fortress in Josefov, Czech Republic.
Amon Amarth will join the following bands who had previously confirmed:
Heaven Shall Burn
Protest The Hero
The Black Dahlia Murder
American metal act Converge has posted the following update online, in which it details its decision to cancel its current United States tour.
"Thanks to everyone who came out to see Converge on our recent U.S. Tour.
"Unfortunately on our day drive from St. Louis to Austin, one of our members had a serious health scare. We rushed him to the nearest ER were he was looked at by some fine Oklahoma doctors. After a night’s stay in the hospital and a battery of tests we were able to have him discharged earlier today. We are now racing (quite literally) to make it to our show at Chaos In Tejas, albeit extremely late, to play an abbreviated set. Wish us luck…
"Because of this health issue, we are canceling the remaining few shows of this current U.S. tour so he can get home and get some medical attention asap. To those in Little Rock, Nashville, and Raleigh, we will add you to our list of places for make up shows later down the road.
"Thanks to all of you for your continued support, it is appreciated by all of us."
New live video has made its way online featuring Boston metal act Converge performing a new song. The track, titled "Runaway," is available in the player provided below.
Converge has revealed the dates for its upcoming summer tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Trap Them. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
05/20 Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar
05/21 Philly, PA – Broad Street Ministry
05/22 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
05/23 Burlington, VT – The Annex
05/24 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizons
05/25 New York City – Santo’s Party House
05/26 TBA – TBA
05/27 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St.
05/28 Toledo, OH – Frankies
05/29 Braddock, PA – Unsmoke Systems
05/30 Chicago, IL – Reggies
05/31 St. Louis – Fubar
06/02 Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas
06/03 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
06/04 Nashville, TN – Muse
06/05 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
Metal fans looking for a little weekend head banging should pull out the drum sticks and unwrap the guitar cords because there's a storm of metal hitting the Rock Band Network. The Xbox 360 edition now has new tracks from Daath, Dirge Within, Kataklysm, Nachtmystium, Amberian Dawn, August Burns Red, Evile, Haste the Day, After the Burial, and Decrepit Birth. The complete list of newly added tracks, including the non-metal songs, is as follows:
Daath - "N.A.T.G.O.D."
Deception of a Ghost - "In Case You Forgot"
Dirge Within - "Forever the Martyr"
Hellfire Society - "Angel"
Kataklysm - "Numb & Intoxicated (2x Bass Pedal)"
Kataklysm - "At the Edge of the World"
Memphis May Fire - "Action/Adventure"
OK Go - "White Knuckles - The Big Robot Remix"
Sintonia Retro - "La Fórmula"
Sun Domingo - "Something Face"
Terra Terra Terra - "Transmission Lost"
Monte Casino - "All I Need"
Crush Luther - "We Are Kings"
Of Mice & Men - "Those in Glass Houses"
Attack Attack! - "Sexual Man Chocolate"
Judy Buendía y Los Impostores - "Rompecabezas"
Orange Avenue - "Just Refrain"
Victory in Numbers - "The King is Dead"
Freen in Green - "Nocturnal Wasteland (2x Bass Pedal)"
Octavio Suñé - "Caíamos"
Children of Nova - "The Fall of Aphonia"
Children of Nova - "We Collide"
Children of Nova - "Second Sight Blackout"
Affiance - "Call to the Warrior"
The Riptides - "Call Me"
Ween - "It's Gonna Be A Long Night"
Blackberry River Band - "Brand New Toy"
Nachtmystium - "Nightfall"
DoubleShot - "Livin' Right"
Silent Descent - "Beyond Grey (2x Bass Pedal)"
Mayday Parade - "Jamie All Over"
Amberian Dawn - "Sunrise"
Amberian Dawn - "Lullaby"
Amberian Dawn - "Morning Star"
Grieve for Tomorrow - "Beauty is Deceiving"
We Are The Illusion - "The Podium"
Graveyard BBQ - "Creamskull Boogie"
First Blood - "Enemy"
August Burns Red - "Marianas Trench"
August Burns Red - "Marianas Trench (2x Bass Pedal)"
Evile - "Hundred Wrathful Deities" More...
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Jacob Bannon, the singer for Converge, tells a tale of a crazy Australian gig:
We played a show in middle of Australia. It was so bizarre. Mainly locals came to the show, mechanics, etc. They had no idea what to make of us. When we arrived, the door was a big school bus with sheet metal attached to the windows, making it a crazy wall into the venue. Tires and old car debris were everywhere. Tons of sand. People wearing the craziest things ever. Football pads, ripped up jeans. But they were all punks in some way and were armed. Totally wild. A little kid was even tossing around a boomerang. It was a total trip. In the middle of our set, a guy drove a dune buggy straight into the crowd. No one got hurt but it was NUTS. Complete chaos. He had a hockey mask on and was scary as fuck. We played a few more songs then jetted. So wild. We almost ran out of gas too. Real shortage out there.
Converge seems to be laying low of late, but was one of the first bands recently confirmed for France's Hellfest in 2011.
Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.