Here’s another interview with Kurt Ballou of CONVERGE. This one was conducted by MacDara Conroy from Thumped Magazine ahead of their gig in The Button Factory in Dublin, Ireland on November 30th, 2012.
Twenty-two years of hard graft can take its toll on even the best of bands, and especially those that face the struggles of doing it yourself in the underground. The Massachusetts metallic hardcore stalwarts Converge are one such band, but they’re not only soldiering on, they’ve also just produced what’s possibly their finest artistic statement to date in All We Love We Leave Behind. It’s a record that mulls over the passage of time and the difficult sacrifices one makes to do pursue a passion as much as it rages with an intensity not heard since their 2001 breakthrough Jane Doe, which helped define metalcore (at least as it was then) and debuted their current and longest standing lineup in vocalist Jacob Bannon, Kurt Ballou on guitar, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller.
Go here to check it out.