Live Music: Converge, Trap Them, Burning Love, The Flaming Tsunamis, Cold Snap
5/26/11 Milford, CT
Converge is a 4-piece band, formed in February of 1990 in Salem, Massachusetts. Playing a blend of extreme metal and hardcore punk, this pioneer outfit helped define a lot of the rudiments of the fast-burgeoning metalcore and mathcore genres.
They first started by playing covers of hardcore, punk and heavy metal songs, being self-confessed “hardcore kids with leftover Slayer riffs”. The band soon graduated to playing live performances in 1991 after recording some demos on a 4-track recorder.
In their latter years, Converge have enjoyed relatively high levels of popularity despite the esoteric feel of their music and the substantial lack of media attention they receive. The extreme nature of their music, particularly the atonal vocals and often complicated finger-work of the guitar riffs make it difficult for some to appreciate this brand of metal. Later records have gradually become more extensively produced largely due to the maturation of their sound.
Converge’s influences range from hardcore punk bands, such as Black Flag, Negative Approach, The Accüsed, and Born Against; metal bands like Black Sabbath, Godflesh, Slayer, and Entombed; and proto-mathcore bands Starkweather and Rorschach. Jacob Bannon has also discussed an appreciation for and inspiration from grindcore on Earache Records, post-hardcore on Dischord Records; thrash metal, such as Suicidal Tendencies, Vio-Lence, and Death Angel, and post-punk groups, such as Depeche Mode and The Cure.
Trap Them is a band from Salem, New Hampshire, formed in 2001. They began as a side project for vocalist Ryan Mckenney (Backstabbers Inc.) and guitarist Brian Izzi (December Wolves). Since forming they have released three albums, Sleepwell Deconstructer, Seizures in Barren Praise and Darker Handcraft, as well as three EPs, Cunt Heir to the Throne, Séance Prime and Split with Extreme Noise Terror. Anyone digging the 90’s swedish deathsound from the Sunlight studio should have a go at this.
Members of Toronto’s Burning Love play Hot Snakes-influenced punk rock with Chris Colohan (ex-Cursed) providing vocals. To date they have released a demo 7”, a single 7”, ‘Jack the Ripper’ and an LP entitled ‘Songs for Burning Lovers’
The Flaming Tsunamis
The Flaming Tsunamis are an experimental hardcore/punk band that incorporates a diverse range of eclectic musical styles further accentuated by their inclusion of a horn section, keyboards, samples and auxiliary percussion. Based out of New Haven, CT the fiercely DIY and relentlessly touring six piece has put out releases on Kill Normal, a label that members of the band founded. Since their formation in 1999 the band has released 2 EPs and 2 full-length albums. In 2011 the band announced “Externalities”, their latest and potentially final album.
For fans of Into Another, Nirvana, Ink & Dagger, and UNSANE. New stuff is really all about being similar to Unsane.
$15 / All Ages
Live Music: Reservoir, Wolves at Bay, Dagwood, Circle Circle Thursday, 5/19/11 6PM
Reservoir (Emo on tour from York, PA)
Wolves at Bay (formerly Dear You)
Dagwood (feat members of Fire First, Heavy Breath and Dadwood)
Circle Circle (CT puppy cat folk)
24 N. Colony Rd.
Donations for the touring band
ICEAGE, FEMALE, AND MORE TBA
Thursday June 23, 2011 7PM $7 All Ages
Perhaps you’ve caught wind of the buzz surrounding Iceage, a young rock and roll group out of Denmark. Perhaps you read the review I did of it here. Perhaps you’re well aware of this band and have already made your mind up. And you’re probably right, they are great. I was very excited to be able to host them on a show here in CT (one of not very many stateside shows – I think there’s going to be 6 total for this tour). If you haven’t yet made up your mind on Iceage you can check out the New Brigade LP on Dais (now on it’s 2nd pressing). We have some at the shop (1st press went fast so be quick about it). If you need a fix right now, then check this video:
Female is a local progenitor of the minimal wave sound. It’s quite good (and yes, Female is a moniker). Female has been very prolific and very under-the-radar. They’ve got many albums worth of material (66 tracks) available for free at the Free Music Archive
. Dig around on that for a while. It should keep you busy for a minute.
and The Men
have rounded out the bill. Coincidentally enough they both have recently released LPs on Sacred Bones Records. I swear it’s a coincidence. Good label. You should check out their wares (uhh, we sell them).
Should be fun!
My Heart to Joy’s Last Show
May 14th @ The Madison Arts Barn
My Heart to Joy
Jettison (Final Performance)
Into It. Over It.
The Book Slave
Doors are at 5 PM. Show starts at 5:30
Minimum $10 donation.
8 Campus Drive
Madison Center, CT 06443
ALL PROCEEDS MADE AT THIS SHOW WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE DUBEY FAMILY.
There are no advance tickets for this but MHTJ wants to make sure if you are travelling a great distance that you will get in so…
IF YOU ARE TRAVELING FROM OUTSIDE CT
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to ensure you get into the show.
Fugue, The Files & Fires, Babytown Frolics – Friday at 8PM in Wallingford, CT
…CT Instrumental Jams
THE FILES AND FIRES
A mix of ambient-indie with live electronics, this band brings an interesting sound to the table that is not to be missed. For fans of Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros, This Will Destroy You, or Yume Bitsu.
CT Instrumental Jams
We will be collecting donations with all proceeds going to the Dubey family.
If you cannot attend and would like to donate, you can donate via Paypal to this address: LAUREN.DUBEY@GMAIL.COM
24 North Colony Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
Music at 8PM SHARP
$5 suggested donation.