Posted in music on November 12, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Converge at Highline Ballroom - 11/11/12 (via Jere Waldron)
Converge

Converge frontman Jacob Bannon stood pretty inconspicuously on the side of the stage at Highline Ballroom last night (11/11), casually talking to the crowd, as if he wasn't the frontman of the band that was about to go on. Finally he said, "We'll start, we're just waiting for our band name to show up on the screen!" Then the colorful background of the band's tour flier appeared and Bannon yelled, "Tonight we're called Colors!" and leaped to the center of the stage as the band hammered their way into "Concubine."

I should mention that last night was my first time seeing Converge. For a band with such impenetrable status and a long-running, loyal fanbase, I had been a little worried that I wouldn't fit in amongst the masses who had probably seem them countless times before -- not the case. There was nothing but positivity from both the band and the crowd alike. So as a newcomer, it took only a matter of seconds into their first song for me to realize why people say "it's all about the live show." Watching Jacob Bannon's energy and spirit on stage, I felt like I was seeing the foundation of every other hardcore frontman to come after him that I've ever seen. And he isn't without one of the best bands around on stage, either. One listen to any Converge album, and you know they kill, technically speaking. They're just as flawless live, and they do it while rocking the fuck out.

Converge have a great new album out this year, All We Love We Leave Behind, and after playing a couple other cuts from their previous albums, they went into a string of new ones, playing tons of highlights like the album's punishing title track, "Sadness Comes Home," and the standout single, "Aimless Arrow," among others. 20+ years into their career, the new album is just as fresh as their older favorites and it came off that way at the show too. It's got more of a stripped down feel than its predecessor, Axe to Fall, an album which felt like more of a studio project and featured a number of guests, so when they play those tracks live, you get the feeling that you're hearing them exactly the way they were meant to be heard.

Before Converge took the stage, we were graced with sets by their tourmates Torche and Kvelertak, both of whom, like Converge, are blurring the lines between punk and metal, and both bands have recorded material with Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou behind the boards. Kvelertak brought their triple guitar-swingin' attack over from Norway, playing rock n' roll in the most classic sense of the term, just way more aggressive. They played pretty much all the standouts from their 2010 self titled LP like "Mjod," "Fossegrim," "Blodtorst," and others. Then Torche took the stage, playing a comparatively calmer set than the two bands they were sandwiched between but a great one nonetheless. They opened the set the same way their new album, Harmonicraft, begins with "Letting Go" directly into "Kicking." Those were followed by a few others from the new album, which I'm a pretty strong supporter of, but it seemed like the crowd didn't pick up as much until they started churning out the older favorites like "Grenades."

The night began with a set from Whips/Chains, the new project of Coliseum's Ryan Patterson, Black God's Ben Sears, and Xerxes' Will Allard, who have been opening a few of the tour's remaining dates. The tour wraps up in Cambridge, MA tonight at The Sinclair. It also hit The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Saturday (11/10) and you can watch a video of Converge playing "All We Love We Leave Behind" at that show, and the setlist from that show (which was pretty similar to the Highline one) below.

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Converge - "All We Love We Leave Behind" at The Stone Pony - 11/10/12

Converge at The Stone Pony - 11/10/12 Setlist: (via)
Concubine
Dark Horse
Heartless
Aimless Arrow
Trespasses
Bitter and Then Some
All We Love We Leave Behind
Sadness Comes Home
My Unsaid Everything
Glacial Pace
Cutter
Worms Will Feed/Rats Will Feast
Tender Abuse
On My Shield
Axe to Fall
Empty on the Inside
Eagles Become Vultures
The Broken Vow
You Fail Me

Encore:
First Light
Last Light

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Comments (31)

Probably the best Converge show I've seen in 10 years. The new album is stellar.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 11:24 AM

Agreed, this show was so great I went out and got a new tat on my forehead to commemorate it. It says "Converge Fucking Awesum" with a picture of a pirate. Still have the bandage on though, I hope my employees at the hedge fund don't talk about it behind my back.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 11:41 AM

I was hoping to hear First Light/Last Light last night but Stephen Brodsky air bass and Saddest Day more than made up for it!

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 11:48 AM

The encore for NYC was "The Saddest Day." Unspeakably amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 12:04 PM

12:04- yes it was.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 12:18 PM

11:41- looks like little baby is shaking his rattle for attention.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 12:23 PM

^ as opposed to you, right? SMH at you tough guy. Why don't you prove how tough you are and meet me on 45th under the Park overpass at 2:00. If you've got any balls that is.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 12:31 PM

^This again?

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 12:38 PM

Aren't most non basement dwelling losers at work on a monday at 2:00 PM? Just a thought.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 12:41 PM

Someday, Mr. Come and Fight Me will slip publicly and admit who he is... and will promptly be beaten... by a cow... in Iowa, where he lives.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 12:49 PM

Someday one of these pussy internet tough guys will slip and ACTUALLY SHOW UP at some place where they have been challenged to.

Yeah, I know, it'll never happen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 1:02 PM

HC adults are so easy to spot. Besides the neck tattoos, they are the ones that still fall for the tap-on-one-shoulder-go-around-the-other-side trick (as well as the classic pull-my-finger)

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 1:10 PM

Come on 12:23 you pussy, you gonna sit around and bark all day or are you gonna bite?

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 1:14 PM

If you don't confirm on here and then claim that you showed up,
And I'm not there because you didn't confirm,
You can't claim that I'm a pussy for not showing up,
You do know that, don't you 12:23?

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 1:26 PM

Dude, go away...

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 2:05 PM

^ Mr. No Show Internet Tough Guy
You are not a credible commenter
Your opinion does not count
Thanks for playing along anyway
Please follow our model off the stage now

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 2:21 PM

Too bad I missed this show. I guess to make up for it I better get my neck and hands tattooed to show that i am really fucking hardcore and to be ready the next time they come to town.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 2:56 PM

^ I hear if you tell the same painfully lame joke that nobody laughs at over and over again it miraculously becomes funny.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 3:01 PM

^ wow brah you really seem to care a lot about what this dude is writing. maybe he's not the one with the problem on here? maybe? whattaya say, brah?

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 3:41 PM

3:01-Just relax dude. Everything is gonna be ok.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 3:49 PM

Yeah, as usual, fucking wannabe sausage JV'ers acting all hard and shit, followed by PUSSYING OUT of the smallest call on their shit. You HC kidults really are fucking embarrassing. Good for a joke however. Like now, I'm so laughing at your fucking ineptitude. Pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 5:52 PM

12:23 here. I find it hilarious that the person (people) making the challenge/meme (fuck it, I'll call it what it is and what it was the first time I commented, a cry for attention on the level of a toddler. I have demeaned myself in responding to you a second time. It's like arguing the split times in the Special Olympics. This person/people, while I worked, had an argument with himself and other people thinking it was me. The elderly have a greater grasp of the internet.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2012 1:09 AM

^ 2 little 2 late
yer gonna need to step it up a bit old man if you want to B taken seriously. right now you appear to be a chicken shit, which may be what you are. are you a chicken shit? i think so. prove that i'm wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2012 10:37 AM

"2 little 2 late"? No one who can even make a fist has ever written those words. What, typing two extra characters would have taken too much time? Your attempt at casual dismissiveness came across as far too effortful (just advice for next time you are trying to sound tough). Thanks for amusing me yet again, though.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 2:05 AM

you suck brah. you fucking suck.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 2:26 AM

Whoever the guy talking about "meet me at 45th" is...you are a fucking
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Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 2:29 AM

Seriously. It's kind of hard to come across as tough when your post sounds like a Prince b-side from the 80's.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 2:20 PM

lol white people

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 2:47 PM

I know this is cliche to say, and I usually never believe it, but....


I think the two people fighting here is really just one person amusing themselves and (not) everyone else here.

And go Converge. Too bad I couldn't make it. That is all.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 3:00 PM

If you are coming onto a thread a full day after all the action has died down in order to call one of the posters a ...

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... then you really need to re-examine your shit life and figure out just where it went so wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 3:49 PM

harmonicraft is a great album by them.

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