Quote ~ Unquote – Jacob Bannon of Converge

Scene Point Blank: There has been an immense amount of praise to the album, especially to the last two tracks on the album. Given the experimental nature of these songs when compared to the bulk of the Converge catalog, how satisfying is it to have them appreciated in such a positive manner?

Jacob Bannon: We experiment on every record. Every release that we’ve done since 1998 or 1999 has had some sort of stylistic departure, some sort of instrumentation that isn’t traditional band instrumentation in some way and this is an expansion on that idea. It’s not like we’re reinventing the wheel at all, we’re just refining our experimental approach. Heavy music and aggressive music doesn’t always have to be raging and thrashing. There needs to be a dynamic to give these things power. If you just race forward with a billion beats per minute, it’s going to sound like white noise after a while. So it’s nice to be able to allow an album to breath, to create an organic environment to it. Those kinds of songs are the way we’ve always done that. I don’t think we’d ever want to come out with an album that is all that. We just like to have diversity in each record to show versatility.

full interview at scenepointblank.com

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