Posted in metal | music | pictures on May 7, 2010

photos by Paul Birman, words & additional shots by BBG

Converge

Packed to the gills, Converge played a sold-out Santos Party House Thursday night, 5/6, with support from a slate of killer whippersnappers, Touche Amore, Lewd Acts, and Black Breath. Converge, as usual, were stellar, pulling from all of their recent output and opening with the Jane Doe classic "Concubine".

All of the support impressed as well. Heavily favored (by me) rookies Black Breath where crusty and powerful, seemingly winning over the mostly unfamiliar audience. With a guitar tone that recalled Uffe Cederlund and a bassist that looked like a younger Dave Chandler the band opened their hardcore informed SDM attack with "Black Sin (Spit On the Cross)". I was stoked.

It was my second experience with Lewd Acts with the last taking place in the infinitely smaller Charleston (with Graf Orlock), and the band definitely benefited from a large stage and a tight crowd. Vocalist Tylure jumped into the audience a number of times, sang from the pit, bowled over audience members, swung mics at the front row and, on two occasions, lept 10 - 15 feet into the unsuspecting crowd. The set ended with Tylure collapsing at a fire door after crawling across the room (he was fine). Stage antics aside, the instrumental postion of the band has the material to back up their singer's misanthropy.

Touche Amore spent a good portion of their set thanking the crowd and Converge for the show that they were clearly excited to play. Their enthusiasm showed, as the Cali band delivered a killer set that was as energetic as their Red 7 apperance, though without the crazy stage dives. Look out for these guys.

Tons of pics from the show, including Converge's set list, below...

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Touche Amore by Paul Birman

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Comments (26)

Amazing shots!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:45 PM

whats going on the first picture. looks like someone is walking on the crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:50 PM

Converge reminded me last night why they're always a great live band....so much energy from those guys every time they play!

Come back again soon!

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | May 7, 2010 2:56 PM

How about the shot of the singer of Lewd Acts where it looks like he's still standing despite having a twisted, broken leg. Wow!

Posted by blackhat | May 7, 2010 2:58 PM

its called headwalking....

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:08 PM

I wish the singer of Lewd Acts sang for every band. Kudos to Converge for taking out bands that make an incredible effort at blowing them off the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:10 PM

no saddest day : (

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:31 PM

i fell on my neck. woo!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:36 PM

anybody seen that move by jake when he tossed the guy from TA(off his back)?
good show, converge was tight, the rest is shit

Posted by bart | May 7, 2010 3:50 PM

@anon 3:08 - i always thought it was called walking on water

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 4:06 PM

I had a ticket but I was to drunk to go! Fuck my life!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 4:27 PM

Dude does look like Dave Chandler. Bandana and all LOL.

Posted by Sabbathfan | May 7, 2010 4:37 PM

the singer from lewd acts is a fucking tool and i'd say he deserves a broken nose if i didn't think he would enjoy it so much and think it was so incredibly punk. confrontational stage presence is one thing, but any artist who intentionally tries to hurt his audience does not deserve to have fans.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 6:13 PM

yawn

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 8:00 PM

converge fucking sucks

Posted by god | May 7, 2010 10:06 PM

sick photos~~~!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 11:03 PM

Can't wait to see Underdog and Hub City Stompers here June 12.

Posted by Pete | May 7, 2010 11:11 PM

that needlepack tshirt is ill!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 2:53 AM

It was such a fun show! But where is the setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 6:10 AM

^^last photo

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 9:27 AM

Hey 6:13, listen to fuckin Paramore then. You dont mind confrontational front men, but you dont like what he did? That makes no sense. You dont like confrontational front men, just say it. No one in hardcore or punk even bothers to try to make the audience feel on edge anymore. There's very few guys who I can think of, and all those bands have broken up in the past few years.

Posted by GregBX | May 8, 2010 12:56 PM

GregBX is 17 and 3/4 stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 3:08 PM

A nice picture of me moshing like a douche for Lewd Acts. They killed it. Best show I have ever been to.

Posted by Casey | May 9, 2010 1:14 PM

To the last picture- i stole that setlist!

Posted by Murphy | May 10, 2010 2:24 PM

Great show dudes! I was the lucky one who got to hold the mic and hold it up for everyone else to sing and give it back to Jake!! Also met Tyler from Lewd Acts after the show and he was a mad chill dude. Oh and btw, to the person who said "Converge fucking sucks", how can any band suck if their shows consistently result in a great and positive turnout??

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 10:13 AM

nickelback sucks and they have a positive turnout.....just sayin...

Posted by Rob Fiasco | June 11, 2010 11:55 AM

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