Touché Amoré, ex-Against Me!, Hope Conspiracy Members Start Hesitation Wounds; Stream Song

image

Jeremy Bolm (Touché Amoré), Jay Weinberg (ex-Against Me!), Neeraj Kane (The Hope Conspiracy), and Stephen LaCour (ex-Trap Them) have started a new band called Hesitation Wounds. The band will release a 7” via Secret Voice Records and a new song called “A. Smith (Death of a Teenager)” can be streamed below by clicking “Read More.”

Read More

"Fact: Extreme music enthusiasts are spoiled.

The complaints about prices of shows is, to be blunt, goddamn ridiculous. Punks don’t want to do the math. Hardcore kids are too busy being a caricature of themselves. Generalizing, aren’t I? Well, yeah… but if the shoe fits, motherfucker, put it on and shut up. We’re spoiled. Period. And our rationalizations are shit.

Guys and gals, I’m not trying to be a dick. I’m trying to put this in a way that actually exists. Tell me if I’m delusional here… I’m sure many of you will.

A five band show. In Europe, this is called a fest. In America, we call this a nightly occurrence. A five band show, and I’d bet my next paycheck (sorry so little… I don’t have much to work with) that you’d hear endless whining if that show was anything over $12. This goes for any show of any genre. The bitching and moaning doesn’t stop… it never, ever will.

To expand on this as well: Really, really think about it. Fifteen dollars for a show is unacceptable, yet you’ll drop $18 to sit in an IMAX theatre and jerk off to Avatar or something else along those lines. You’ll get a large popcorn and stuff your fat face and wash it down with a 128 ounce big gulp of Mountain Dew. You’ll drop $30 dollars to see a two or three hour film (and probably buy it for $20 on DVD later), yet spending $15-$25 on admission and, maybe, a shirt or record at a show… an experience that is different every night… spending that $25 is too expensive? It’s compromising your values? Seriously, I can’t say “Fuck you” loud enough right now.

So, what do you want? Do you want to continue to worship at the altar of CGI, of mutli-millionaire cry-baby showboats that switch teams every two years for more money, of… hell, everything but this? Just think about it… within the realm of entertainment, there is absolutely NOTHING that comes close to what extreme music encompasses. It is, without question, the most organic, intense and passionate artform that exists, especially when you consider that the average band consists of four or five individuals that somehow have to find common ground to create one fully realized piece of expression in the form of song. On top of that, the translation of song in a live atmosphere literally changes every set, every night.

Why are you trying to lowball something that assaults all five of your senses, something completely unique that will never happen the same way twice?

Do you want to pay the warranted price for passion or do you want to protest and waste your money on other forms of mediocrity?”

-Ryan Mckenny of Trap Them regarding spoiled music fans.

4

Converge announce tour plans, split 7”EP w/ Drop Dead, album update, and more

To celebrate our old age, Converge will be heading out to play some shows in the U.S., UK, and Europe early this summer. We’re still confirming dates and specifics, but here’s the latest information we have:

05/20: Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/21: Philly, PA @ Broad Street Ministry w/ Drop Dead, Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/22: Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East (All Ages Matinee) w/ Drop Dead, Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/23: TBA @ TBA w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/24: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizons w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/25: New York City @ Santo’s Party House w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/26: TBA @ TBA w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/27: TBA @ TBA w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/28: TBA @ TBA w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/29: Braddock, PA @ Unsmoke Systems w/ Drop Dead, Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/30: Chicago, IL @ Reggies w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

05/31: St. Louis @ Fubar w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

06/01: TBA @ TBA w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

06/02: Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, Touche Amore, Title Fight, and more

06/03: TBA @ TBA w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

06/04: TBA @ TBA w/ Trap Them, Burning Love, and more

06/10: Interlaken, Switzerland @ Greenfield Festival w/ Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, Frank Turner, and more

06/12: Franconville, France @ Furia Festival w/ Apocalyptica, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and more

06/13: Koln, Germany @ Undergournd w/ Rise And Fall, Oathbreaker, and more

06/14: London, UK @ O2 Academy Islington w/ Pettybone, 33, and more

06/15: Antwerpen, Belgium @ Trix w/ Rise And Fall, Oathbreaker, and more

06/16: Eindhoven, Holland @ Dynamo w/ Rise And Fall, Oathbreaker, and more

06/17: Scheeßel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival w/ Foo Fighters, Portishead, Arcade Fire, and more

06/18: Clisson, France @ Hellfest w/ Scorpions, Thin Lizzy, Bolt Thrower, Bad Brains, and more

06/19: Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival w/ Foo Fighters, Portishead, Arcade Fire, Band Of Horses, and more

Converge & Drop Dead Split 7”EP:

We are excited to announce that Converge will be releasing a split 7”EP with our friends in the legendary Drop Dead. The split 7”EP will be self released by both bands, and distributed to retailers/distros by Deathwish Direct and Armageddon.

If all goes well, look for the release to be available at the U.S. shows mentioned above.

New Album:

We spent a good portion of the winter writing and recording demos for a new album. The album will be released by Epitaph/Deathwish sometime down the road (that means no date is ready to announce yet).

Other Things:

The new Converge DVD is currently being edited. If the Hard Drive Gods smile on us, we hope to get through this process soon and have it released this year. 

Also Deathwish will be repressing our “Unloved And Weeded Out” collection as a 12”LP soon. The vinyl versions of “Axe To Fall”, “No Heroes”, “You Fail Me”, and “Jane Doe” are available now on Deathwish. 

Be sure to check out our other bands/projects, etc: Godcity Studios, Deathwish, Doomriders, APMD, Acid Tiger, and J. Bannon Solo and Artwork.

Thanks. 

Text
Photo
Quote
Link
Chat
Audio
Video