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Interview von: arne mit Jake Bannon, am: 21.09.2004 ]

"You Fail Me" markiert das vierte Album von Converge aus Boston. Der größte Unterschied zu "Jane Doe" findet sich wohl im noch deutlicher akzentuierten Sound, der heute auch offener Melodien integriert. Damit korrespondiert die sehr minimalistische Produktion, die der Platte einen verdammt direkt-punkigen und zugleich auch leicht zerfahrenen Charakter gibt.


Musicscan: Does it feel good to be back with a new record? it took some time after "jane doe" was released, what has been the reason for it?

Converge: It feels good to be releasing new music again. The main reason for the delay, was that we were very busy with touring these last few years. We were touring on and off up to the day we entered the studio to record "You Fail Me".

Musicscan: "you fail me" is considered to be one of the most anticipated releases of the summer. What are your thoughts on this?

Converge: That's a very flattering statement. We are just happy to have the opportunity to release music.

Musicscan: Did you feel some kind of pressure working on the record? epitaph also puts a lot of expactations on this release i guess.

Converge: No pressure in any way. They are just very supportive of our efforts.

Musicscan: i was supprised when i read the news about converge signing on epitaph. why did you especially choose this label. i wouldn't have expacted a band like yours on epitaph at all...

Converge: After "Jane Doe" was released our obligations to Equal Vision were pretty much complete. After some talking amongst ourselves we came to the collective conclusion that we were no longer comfortable with Equal Vision, and a new label home was needed. After months of talking amongst ourselves, we decided that there were only a few labels that we would feel comfortable with being a part of. Epitaph was actually our first choice for that home.

Musicscan: your records are sometimes told to be milestone within the heavy punk/hardcore/chaos music - do you feel like having released some milestones?

Converge: We don't really pay any mind to that kind of praise. We just write music.

Musicscan: what are your thoughts on your earlier releases out of todays view? did you ever think about re-recording your first two full lengths? it would be awesome ;-)

Converge: No. We are very happy with our work.

Musicscan: speaking about "you fail me" - What would you say is the biggest difference to "jane doe"? where do you see the natural progression?

Converge: It's a different album. It's about different subject matter entirely.

Musicscan: am i right to say you dicovered the slower parts to create kind of a more balanced sound? this time there is something like an overall flow about the whole record that is different in my eyes...

Converge: Our music has always had that kind of dynamic, we've just refined it further with "You Fail Me".

Musicscan: i often think people take not enough time to get into your sound, besides a lot of people are telling they are deep into your stuff. as here for europe it seems to be popular to listen to converge, because everyone does. any thoughts on this? what have been your experiences on your last tour overhere?

Converge: We are very grateful for the support. Our last tour of Europe was a great experience.

Musicscan: as for "you fail me" i would say it's is easier to listen to in comparism to your other records? would you agree? you have managed to be more focused as well as being more controlled this time....

Converge: It's more focused and more refined. As far as being "easier" to listen to. I don't view our work like that so I can't really comment either way.

Musicscan: Do you feel that "you fail me" is a pretty good representation of bands sounding as of right now? Did everything work out the way you expacted it?

Converge: Definitely. I feel we really did capture our live sound more on "You Fail Me" than we have on any other album.

Musicscan: When you were writing the new songs did you have certain issues you specifically wanted to address? How did you go writing the songs? Have there been any difficulties or obstacles during the songwriting process?

Converge: When we released "Jane Doe" I felt that I would have a sense of closure. That album was a massive purging for me. In the end I didn't feel any better, there was no clarity in it for me. At that point I continued to write, and continued to do a great deal of soul searching. In that I found so much failure in myself, friends, and loved ones. These are our songs of failure. How we fail each other and how we fail ourselves. It's about standing up and taking responsibility. It's about facing that demon.

Musicscan: Your releases always cover a lot of bases - there's something for everyone within the heavy punk/hardcore/screamo/chaos underground. is it a result of your progression or of your own diverse musical interests?

Converge: We just write songs that move us and challenge us, emotionally and musically. That is our only goal. What people take from that, is what they take from that. We are very appreciative of the fact that so many relate to our approach.

Musicscan: Do you think you captured the intensity of a live show on your record?

Converge: Yes.

Musicscan: for me personally it seems like you were reaching for a more general approach this time. right?

Converge: Not at all. Our music if focused and very specific. Not general in any way.

Musicscan: Is there something you miss within todays heavy music scene? I often miss passion and originality....

Converge: The passion and originality still exists. You just need to know where to find it.

Musicscan: Your biggest wish to happen for bands future?

Converge: We just want to continue writing relevant music that we enjoy. That is all.

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