Converge guitarist and Godcity Studios founder Kurt Ballou will host the next free CreativeLive Music & Audio workshop, "Fix it in the Mix," on November 24th from 9am-4pm PST. The workshop will explore organic approaches to recovering and enhancing the natural tones from original performances without replacing drums with samples and re-amping guitars.
"Obviously sample replacement of drums and re-amping of guitars can be effective ways to revive sub-par recordings, but they can also homogenize the uniqueness of the original tracks," commented Ballou. "In this class, I'll explore organic approaches to turn your tracks from trashy to classy."
Only Crime - featuring members of Good Riddance, Bane, Converge, Black Flag, Modern Life Is War, and more - have announced tour dates leading up to their appearance at The Fest in November. Dates are in the replies.
“This was definitely a challenge,” Bannon says. “A lot of bands, at least in our music world, tend to tour Europe in the summer, since there a lot of festivals there in the summer.. . . In the US it doesn’t really culturally apply. Kids out there will camp out and see bands for seven days, watch random techno bands, then black metal bands, then, like, I don’t know, Prince on day three. It’s really varied and unique. A lot of bands from the States in the punk world tend to get invited to those things, so it was a challenge to make sure people are around. But we’re...
After the Boston Marathon tragedy, a benefit show featuring heavy hitters like Converge, Slapshot, Wrecking Crew, and more was held on May 6th, 2013 to raise money for the One Fund charity. Titled "This Is Boston," the show raised nearly $15,000, but fast forward a year later and missing money, accusations of mismanagement and theft have sullied the reputation of the event. This has obviously not sat well with Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon and the other bands from that bill and they are doing everything they can to get the money into the hands of the charitable organization.
But the lack of specifics began to rub Jacob Bannon, singer for headliner Converge, the wrong way. He spent...
Two of Converge's essential early releases, Petitioning The Empty Sky and When Forever Comes Crashing, are being re-issued again together in the Petitioning Forever double LP package, this time on transparent red vinyl. You can pre-order it over at Deathwish or Kings Road Merch.
"Pound For Pound: The Wolverine Blues Sessions" Digital EP from Converge features our rendition of "Wolverine Blues" originally written and performed by Entombed, presented as five different tracks.
Each vocalist recorded a full version of the song which we used to compile into the final version included on the Converge and Napalm Death Split 7"EP. This Digital EP is the complete mixes of each guest vocalist who contributed to the final track, presented as five unique versions of the song.
What a hell of a first day at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest. You can check out a couple of photos from the day over on our Facebook page. Head to the replies to see not only my review, but Dustin Harkins review of the festival as well, who will be down here with me all weekend. Refused, Braid, David Cross and much much more today. I'd bring a bandana if you're hanging out towards the Black Stage today. More than enough dirt and dust is getting stirred up down there.
Converge were in a van wreck last night after hitting some black ice in Oregon. Thankfully, everyone is okay and the band was able to get back on the road. Just a reminder to all our favorite bands - please be safe out there!
According to a recent studio report featured in the February 2012 issue of "Decibel"; Converge are planning to title their forthcoming album All We Love We Leave Behind. They are planning on a early summer release on Epitaph Records.