buttonConverge @ Shimokitazawa Club 251 (16th Mar. '07)

Don't Forget Your Manners

      Battling technical difficulties early on, Converge's slightly frustrated vocalist Jacob Bannon did his best to come to terms with it saying "We're just going to fucking play," before the band kicked into the awesome "Eagles Become Vultures" from 2004's You Fail Me.

      Having gigged in countless clubs and halls over their nearly two decade long existence, it's safe to say that this isn't the first time Bannon and company have had gear problems. I think what bothered the Boston quartet the most was that the sold-out crowd packed into Club 251 may not have gotten the absolute best possible performance they could have. Extremely grateful to their highly dedicated fan base, they truly give their all at every show.

      The nearly hour long set began with talented guitarist Kurt Ballou playing solo for a minute or so before the rest of the act emerged. Quickly launching into the first of two dozen crushing numbers, Converge left little doubt as to why they are considered by many to be current leaders of the American hardcore movement. Ripping through blistering two-minute long cuts from their highly praised catalogue, including last year's "No Heroes," with unparalleled ferociousness, the group had little trouble getting the fans sandwiched up front jumping and pumping their fists.

      Unable to stand still, Bannon jumped and held his mic into the crowd so that attendees could scream along with him over the aggressive, angular arrangements provided by his band mates. Between songs the heavily-tattooed singer paced back and forth on the tiny stage and repeatedly thanked everyone for their attending the concert and supporting Converge over the years. Saying "thank you" about a dozen times during each brief pause, he showed that his mother definitely taught him to always remember his manners!

      The band ended their performance with "Concubine" from 2001's Jane Doe. A chant of "Come back" brought them out for a two song encore which included a cover of Integrity's "Vocal Test" and Petitioning The Empty Sky's "The Saddest Day." Bannon informed the audience that the group hadn't played "The Saddest Day" in about a year, making it a special moment and a fitting end to the last show of their Japanese tour.

report by shawn

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buttonDon't Forget Your Manners (07/03/16 @ Shimokitazawa Club 251) : review by shawn
button一度は見ておくべきもの (07/03/12 @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro) : review by miyo

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"You Fail Me"(国内盤)
"Jane Doe"(国内盤)
"When Forever Comes Crashing"(国内盤)
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