Jacob Bannon’s solo and now full band project WEAR YOUR WOUNDS (also featuring members of Cave In, Twitching Tongues, the Red Chord, and Sleigh Bells) is finally on the verge of releasing their debut record, and today they have unveiled a brand new, cinematic music video for the song “Shrinking Violet”, directed by Reid Haithcock.
We’ve already posted the new album’s title track. And today, Wear Your Wounds have shared a surging, colossal rocker called “Shrinking Violet.” The new song has nothing to do with hardcore and almost nothing to do with metal. Instead, it’s a grand and majestic rock song, one with elements of goth and prog and grunge all floating through it. Bannon and his bandmates build the song slowly over nearly six minutes, starting with a quavering churn and building it into a raging inferno. / Streogum
Wear Your Wounds was created by Converge founder Jacob Bannon. Initially conceived as a solo project, it evolved into a five-piece band that often works with collaborating musicians. In 2017 Wear Your Wounds released “WYW” (the debut double album) and “Arthritic Heart” (a New Noise Magazine single). A live band was then assembled for a number of shows including Roadburn Festival 2017 and Desert Festival UK. Later on that year their “Dunedevil” (an experimental album) was released; a companion piece to Bannon’s abstract art book of the same name. In 2018 Wear Your Wounds released their “Live at the BBC” 12″ LP at Maida Vale Studio (MV4). That year Wear Your Wounds also played select shows on the East Coast and Europe including an appearance at Roadburn Festival 2018, which was also curated by Bannon.
The release marks the first time the official lineup of the band; Jacob Bannon (Converge), Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, Stomach Earth, Unraveller, etc), Adam McGrath (Cave In, Nomad Stones, etc), Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex-Hatebreed, ex-Kid Cudi), and Chris Maggio (ex-Trap Them, ex-Sleigh Bells, etc) have properly written and recorded together. It also features musicians Ben Chisholm (Chelsea Wolfe, White Horse) and Gared O’Donnell (Planes Mistaken For Stars, Hawks and Doves) collaborating throughout.
My love, please just wait a second, there’s something you must understand.
My disease is such a flawed design, the true absence of hope and light.
I once lived up on a placid hill, so young and invincible.
With an innocence so deliberate, I never saw the storms coming.
As I grew tall timid skies turned grey.
Wind picked up and the petals swayed.
Those tears they fell down as pouring rain.
A shrinking violet, I must have lost my way.
So I journeyed on, deep into the black.
And delicately he then took my hand.
Pulled me closer and never, ever left.
My faithful darkness, a most loyal friend.
Don’t miss Wear Your Wounds with Torche this summer!
07/31 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
08/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
08/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
08/03 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
08/04 – Providence, RI @ The Met
08/05 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes