Jacob Bannon – Lead vocals, visual art
Kurt Ballou – Guitar, backing vocals
Nate Newton – Bass, backing vocals
Ben Koller – Drums
Given the choice of Jacob Bannon as curator for this year’s Roadburn Festival, it was pretty much a given that Converge would be included on the bill.
Having watched the 2 amazing sets Converge delivered on their first Roadburn outing in 2016 (at a time where there was still a certain skepticism as to whether the band would at all fit in in Tilburg – those performances would easily tell everyone that they very much did), showing off the great versatility in the Converge back-catalog (read more here and here), it seems extremely fitting that this time around, on top of celebrating the past with a complete album performance of 2004-classic You Fail Me, they will also be celebrating the presence with an album performance of 2017’s phenomenal The Dusk In Us.
Listen to the full album: http://bit.ly/2ypxqC7 “I Can Tell You About Pain” by Converge from the album ‘The Dusk In Us,’ available now Order at http://www.convergecult.com Directed by: Tony Wolski Produced by: Former Co.
I Can Tell You About Pain – Official Video
In a way, Converge seems especially fitting for Roadburn. It’s a band that have never been content standing still, always pushing the boundaries, including very varied elements into their albums. And although they’re of course most known for their wild, intense, convulsive mathcore, even a casual aquaintance with their albums will soon show inspirations and aspirations way beyond being a “simple” genre-band.
“I find pre-meditation, in any kind of creative pursuit, to be toxic to getting an inspired result. So, I’ve learned over time to not have too many pre-conceived ideas or strategies for what I want something to be. I’ll never be able to conform to that. If I want to make a record that sounds a certain way or a certain type of song, I prefer to just follow what’s happening in the room at the time, and just make it the best that it can be. I find that that’s usually the most exciting, most immediate, and most inspired creative output that we can make.”
Kurt Ballou, interviewed by Kill Your Stereo in October, 2017
And their signature mix of extreme music and a very pointed, specific expression of pain, darkness, and despair remains freshly bleeding, even after almost 30 years.
Directed & Edited by Ian McFarland “Rungs in a Ladder” is the latest short form documentary by production team McFarland and Pecci. A meditation on life, art, and purpose, the film centers around Jacob Bannon, an accomplished visual artist and frontman for hardcore band Converge, a group that has been carving its own iconoclastic path through the extreme music landscape for over twenty years.
Rungs In A Ladder – Short documentary featuring Jacob Bannon
With a lineup that has been stable for more than 17 years, there is still a freshness, a playfulness, but also this aforementionend duality between the core and more atmospheric parts in their compositions. And on The Dusk In Us, it seems this aspect has been brought very much to the fore, resulting in a band that sounds as if their time of being relevant is far from over.
Converge will play The Dusk In Us on Thursday, 19 April, and You Fail Me on Friday, 20 April.
Audio mixed and mastered by Chris Johnson (The Electric Bunker) https://www.facebook.com/pg/theelectricbunker Max Volume Silence Live: http://www.MaxVolumeSilenceLive.blogspot.com Contact: MaxVolumeSilenceLive@gmail.com
CONVERGE live at Saint Vitus Bar, Dec. 9th, 2017 (FULL SET)
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