Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 25, 2011

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Converge

Changes in alcohol policy at House of Vans last night (8/24) kept the free suds (and liquor) barricaded and out of the show area, but it doesn't really matter when you have a band like Converge on stage; people tend to migrate their way. The highly influential live juggernaut headlined the seasonal (?) venue with help from California screamo-ers Touche Amore and NYC black metal giants Krallice. The sound is never ideal at the concrete and steel venue, but it kind of doesnt matter.

"Guys, we haven't even started yet!" Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou snickered moments after taking the stage, reacting to the moshing masses before a single note was played. The Massachusetts band then tore through material from their landmark Jane Doe, as well as faves from No Heroes, Axe to Fall, and even their recent split with Dropdead (out now on Deathwish).

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Converge got the kids moving, but if there was a band that could prime them for the madness, it is Touche Amore. The band's heartfelt lyrics and post-hardcore spazz is highly energetic live and when vocalist Jeremy Bolm jumped into the photo pit to sing along with the audience, you could see the crowd get even more insane; the crowd surfing and climbing bodies increased tenfold.

Krallice opened the show at the XL venue, a stark contrast to recent experiences in intimate rooms like Union Pool (like they will play on 9/17), The Studio at Webster Hall, and many smaller rooms across the city. The four-piece adapted their pummeling live show appropriately despite any previously-mentioned sound issues.

Last night was the last of the six FYF-presented shows at House of Vans, capping off an excellent summer that ranged from the classic (Superchunk, Cro-Mags) to the cheeky (in the case of Big Freedia, literally). Free shows like these are exactly what makes summer in NYC great.

More pictures and video from the show, and Converge's setlist, below...

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Krallice - Telluric Rings | NYC @ House of Vans | 24 Aug 2011

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Touche Amore | NYC @ House of Vans | 24 Aug 2011

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Converge | NYC @ House of Vans | 24 Aug 2011

CONVERGE at House of Vans 8/24/11
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Eagles Become Vultures
The Broken Vow
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Last Light

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Comments (52)

Wow, tough crowd...lol

Seriously, Converge suck; as in really bad. That Cro-Mags shirt is tight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:26 AM

look at how the boys take their shirts off and beat their chest! bunch of goddamn monkeys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:27 AM

Kids who love pitchfork flavor of the week wouldn't understand why Converge has lasted over 20 years making great music without selling out.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:32 AM

angry white guys....lul

playing at house of vans....double lulz

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:35 AM

Converge was great last night, 11:26 is a terrible person

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:35 AM

11:27 is a monkey on our backs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:35 AM

I know what the Senator wants/what the Senator wants is no more Krallice

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:36 AM

The singer from Converge is a closet case. That's why he is so angry. Homeboy is gayer than frohawk.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:38 AM

house of vans is where good sound goes to die...is there even a sound guy?? Hey, can't complain bout the free booze though

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:40 AM

where are the sausage party comments?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:41 AM

^i think the corporate rock nature of the event brought out some girls, but make no mistake, this is 100% sausage rock

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:44 AM

11:41 I think puberty is required for it to be a full on sausage fest. these kids are cocktail weiners.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:46 AM

you guys are awful at trolling. you really write these comments and go "fuck that was really good, bro".

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:49 AM

no fair! too many girls in the pix. i can't get hard enough to make sausage comments!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:52 AM

converge is one of my favorite bands of all time, but it really seems like they've just been "going through the motions" lately. they've been playing the same set list all year, and havent pulled out any old favorites in years. they played "the high cost of playing god" at santos, which was a nice treat, but their shows have gotten very rote and boring for longtime fans.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:54 AM

11:32 ha,ha... yeah, right. Go back the B9 board dumbass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:55 AM

1155 went to st. vincent last night and thought it was "cool" place to be with his hipster friends.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:57 AM

11:38 could be, that would explain all the tattoos too. often that is a sign that a person was molested.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 11:59 AM

either i cant understand what they are saying or i wish i was 18 again. nice guitars though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 12:01 PM

Glad this doofus look is making a comeback.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/converge/houseofvans/1.jpg

The flipped up visor just screams "PUNCH ME I AM A POSER"

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 12:01 PM

11:49- Exactly. Perfectly put. And anyone who calls this "sausage rock", beside being an unoriginal meme-spouting poseur, is mentally retarded and has never heard any of the bands' music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 12:08 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/toucheamore/houseofvans/42.jpg

Emeka Okafor looks like he is contemplating doing some gay raping.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 12:10 PM

12:08 pops boners for the 'singer' from converge

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 12:11 PM

dig the new cam, BBG!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 12:20 PM

Posted by hipsters who hate converge would do something like this | August 25, 2011 12:31 PM

Awesome show, I had a great time

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 12:52 PM

Krallice is the clowniest clown shit clowning today....

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 1:12 PM

I will say this, the singer from converge has a very gay haircut....

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 1:21 PM

love all the hardcore dead enders, why don't you geeks move back to suburban boston so you can be around other white perpetual adolescents all the time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 1:22 PM

Last night was fun, a very interesting crowd but it's a free show and there was free beer involved.. it was completely expected.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 1:38 PM

Hey Aug. 25th 1:21pm_ your mom has a very gay haircut.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:05 PM

says an anonymous commenter 1:22

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:08 PM

it is a gay haircut...dude looks a closeted gay guy over-compensating.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:23 PM

12:11- no, I just recognize the obvious. Try harder, you were almost clever that time. If that's too hard, maybe go for a more achievable goal, such as being a Foursquare mayor.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 2:24 PM

As much as I love Converge, I couldn't get into this show. Maybe it was the nauseatingly trendy crowd, maybe it was the new shitty beer rules, maybe it was the dumbass hardcore swinging of the limbs (I'm a straight mosher - who has seen Converge at shows where it was just moshing, so this naturally annoyed me), or maybe it was just the overall vibe in general. I almost thought of leaving before they ended the show, but I stuck around.

I'll give it a 5/10, because it's goddamn Converge (and I like Krallice too), but I was disappointed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:56 PM

Oh, and I pretty much agree with 11:54.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:58 PM

that is one gay haircut...

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 4:29 PM

it was a pretty disappointing show.. the set list was horrible and the hipster/poser crowd made me want to vomit. I guess that's to be expected for a free show. the highlight of the night was the korillaBBQ burrito!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 4:35 PM

Bravo FYF. JOB WELL DONE. Jelly who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 4:57 PM

Dan never passes up a free show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 6:23 PM

Great show; Converge are just unparalleled.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 8:17 PM

Converge killed it! Amazing show as always! Although It was almost exactly the same set as Santo's a few months back. Also I'm glad all you Sausage fest morons shut up finally! there were a decent amount of girls in the pit. They could surely kick the shit out of all of you idiot waifs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 9:22 PM

I know It's not true but I can't get it out of my head that Touche Amore means "Butt Love".

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 9:50 PM

Anyone remember the Krallice setlist? I remember Dimensional Bleedthrough, Diotima, The Mountain, and Telluric Rings, but there's 1 or 2 songs missing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2011 12:27 AM

Krallice set was Intro (from Diotima), Dimensional Bleedthrough, Diotima, the Mountain, Telluric Rings.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2011 3:35 AM

you guys are calling jake from converge a closet homo while you rabble on about his haircut on a website? haha check yourselves, clowns!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2011 4:42 AM

good to see there is such a young, easily-persuaded populace that will be voting for the GOP next year

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2011 6:50 AM

Vans need to bring back the made in the USA sneakers. Those sneakers in the 90's lasted longer than the ones they sell these days.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2011 1:35 PM

People on this website sure do bitch about a lot of dumb stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2011 4:44 PM

dimensional bleedthrough sounded like muddy shit -- thx sound guys

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Posted by jocuri | August 28, 2012 9:36 AM

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