Rungs In A Ladder: Check Out This Mini-Documentary on CONVERGE’s Jacob Bannon

Last year I swooned over a documentary called One Man Metal which I loved and I watch over and over again. Today McFarland and Pecci released a documentary on a band that I absolutely love: Converge. To be specific, this twelve-minute documentary delves into the life of Converge‘s frontman Jacob Bannon. Bannon talks about his teenage years, music and his angst. It’s really cool and very well put together. Check it out below.     Continue reading

Shame in the Way: CONVERGE Release New Track

“Shame in the Way” is our second taste of new music from Converge and it tastes so good. It’s a chaotic bastard of a track that succeeds in destroying you in its short two minute duration. “Shame in the Way’s” catchy and deadly sounding main riff will make YOU feel shame for not having wrote something of this magnitude. The track will obviously featured on the band’s upcoming record, All We Love We Leave Behind, which will be released on October 9th via Deathwish. “Shame in the Way” can be streamed at this location along with “Aimless Arrow” and a nice interview with front man Jacob Bannon. You can pre-order the new record here and here.

-Lane Oliver

Wear Your Wounds: CHELSEA WOLFE’s Ben Chisholm (REVELATOR) To Release Split With Jacob Bannon

Chelsea Wolfe bassist and keyboardist, Ben Chisholm, will be releasing a split album with Converge‘s Jacob Bannon. The two song split will be released under the name Wear Your Wounds. Deathwish Inc. is set to release the album at a date still to be determined.

Chisholm‘s potion of the album has been describe as a “melancholic and haunting song driven by a wash of electronics, throbbing percussion, spiraling piano and subtle guitar work”. The song is titled “Net Of Gems” and was produced under his solo project named Revelator. For those of you who have never heard Revelator, you can check some of his prior releases (which were done under his old name Whitehorse) here.

As for Bannon‘s piece, “Adrift For You”, it is supposed to be in vein of Swans and Joy Division. It will be very similar to his previous solo release. Continue after the jump for a look at the album artwork and official press release from Deathwish.

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CONVERGE’s Jacob Bannon Shares Thoughts On The Impact Of The Internet On Music

In a recent interview with Pelecanus.net, Converge frontman and head of  Deathwish Inc Jacob Bannon was asked his thoughts on the impact of the internet and file sharing on the music industry. With recent turmoil involving file sharing, it’s nice to hear the thoughts from an artist AND independent record label owner on the matter. Check out the interview below. 6:14 and on is the section about the internet.

-Lane Oliver

The Jane Doe Project: Mini Documentary Centered Around CONVERGE’s Jacob Bannon

Artfags of the world rejoice! Converge‘s Jacob Bannon is going to be the star of a new mini documentary entitled “The Jane Doe Project”. The documentary will be a behind the scenes look at the creation of 90 one of a kind pieces of art utilizing the famous Jane Doe image by Bannon.. Continue reading after the jump for more info as well as the trailer for the documentary.

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CONVERGE Frontman Is Set To Join NASUM Onstage

 

Holy fuck, yes, you read that title correctly. Fuckin Jacob Bannon of mother fuckin Converge will being joining the reunited (kind of) Nasum on stage one night for a few songs. According to a post on Bannon’s Facebook page, the vocalist will be doing a few songs with Nasum on May 22nd at club AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island.

I really hope someone is there to bootleg this considering it’s a one time thing. So if any of our readers live near Providence, you know what to do! I really really wish I could see this, but I guess I’ll just have to see Nasum at Chaos In Tejas.

 

 

– Josh Huddleston

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Documentary On CONVERGE Frontman To Be Filmed

According to Twitter, Ian McFarland of Killswitch Productions is filming a documentary on Converge’s frontman, Jacob Bannon. Not many details have been released. I can assure you that I will be viewing this as soon as I can get my grubby fingers on it! Also, if you haven’t heard yet, Converge is also working on new material. Lots of exciting things are going to be coming from the Converge camp in the near future. Get ready!

-Lane Oliver

CONVERGE Working On New Album?!

According to drummer Ben Koller on Facebook, the band has “almost a whole new record of material” written. I am twitching with excitement and I am sure you all are too! Unfortunately this is the only tidbit of information that has been released. But it’s still enough to get excited for! New Converge is on it’s way! Listen to “The Saddest Day” to prepare yourself for coming ABalloucalypse!

-Lane Oliver

Afternoon Jams: CONVERGE-Iversary

This was supposed to go up at 9AM, but it didn’t for some reason. So here it is.

A year ago I was turned down by a major metal publication. My aspiration was to be a freelance writer for Decibel magazine but, at that time, freelancers were not needed. I also realized that I didn’t have a lot of experience in writing about metal. Well, I took the rejection quite well. The very next day, I started a blog and I was determined to report on extreme music and interview my favorite bands. It wasn’t easy at first. I was shy and I wasn’t good at posting news.

I started right away, signing up for news letters from numerous record labels and bugging the shit out of them to let me talk to their bands. I started interviewing underground, unsigned bands until I actually got a hit back from a big time label. My first interview was with one of my idols, Jacob Bannon of Converge. Of course, I didn’t know how to interview people so my questions were total shit. For a while, I would get a few interviews here and there, slowly working my way down my list of bands I loved.

Since the beginning of September last year, I have interviewed the aforementioned Jacob Bannon of Converge as well as Ol Drake (Evile), TJ Cowgill (Book of Black Earth), Ryan McKenney (Trap Them), Rob Kersey (Psychostick), Troy Medlin (Sourvein), Paul Mazurkewics (Cannibal Corpse), Michael Bertoldini (The Secret), Stavros (The Atlas Moth), Topon Das (Fuck The Facts) and many, many more.

I has planned to do something special for this anniversary, but things didn’t exactly work out as planned, but this morning’s jam is dedicated to my first actual interview, Jacob Bannon. Converge, motherfuckers. Converge. Enjoy the tunes after the jump.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.
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Exclusive: Jacob Bannon (Converge) Q&A

Those of you who have been reading by blog for a while know that my first real interview was with Jacob Bannon of the killer band Converge. Well, I shot Jake an e-mail and he agreed to answer a few questions I had for him. Check out the interview where we discuss art, music, naked men and that we should keep moving forward.


(photo via http://www.ryanrussell.net)

 

Jake, how have you been?
I’m good.

How are things going with Deathwish these days? Have you added any more amazing bands that I may have missed?
We are working on a variety of projects. Most recently, we announced our working with our friends in Touche Amore.

More 2011 projects will be announced soon via www.deathwishinc.com

I understand you are or were working on solo material. Can you tell me a little about that?
I’ve been recording and releasing music that is non-Converge related for about a decade now.

I’ll be releasing a variety of new projects soon hopefully. I tend to put these projects on hold to work with DW related artists.

When we started the label, I didn’t want the focal point to be myself, and still don’t. When our schedule permits, I’ll get to releasing that material.

How is your art going nowadays? Is it hard to juggle your music, the label and your art?
I enjoy being busy for the most part.

It’s tough to find time for everything, but I think I do pretty alright with balancing all of those interests and more.
How does one come to have cover art or merch designed by you?
It really depends. I handpick my projects for the most part.

People can reach out to me directly if they want to inquire about working with me on a project thru www.jacobbannon.com

And updates on the next Converge album?
We are currently writing new material, that’s about all I can say right now.

I heard that, during a show with Kvelertak, members of said band got nude and ran on stage during your set. Your thoughts?
Ha. Yes, they did that. They aren’t the first band to do that we’ve toured with.
No real thoughts on it aside from that.

What is in store for you in 2011?
Forward movement, always and forever.