Converge @ the Marquis TheaterBy Loren Speer | April 15th, 2008 | No Comments »
Does the band name refer to someone’s foot connecting with your face? Perhaps. Photo by Ryan Russell.
Converge leveled the all-ages audience at the Marquis on Sunday like a haymaker to the face. Their music was fast — a fusion of math metal (i.e. Dillinger Escape Plan) and straight up hardcore (like Strife or Hatebreed). The audience knew every sludgy breakdown and the collective feeling in the room was a mix between fear and adrenaline-fueled savagery.
It makes a man just want to spin his arms around like a windmill.
Photo caption time!
This is the hand-claw and Converge singer Jacob Bannon. The hand-claw firmly thrust into the air should be the new devil-horns of today’s young hardcore fan. Hardcore music invokes raw human emotion, not the kind satanic evil of bands like Slayer or Black Sabbath. Bannon will be the first to tell you: Hardcore is not metal.
Here we see a classic hardcore, mosh pit maneuver: the haymaker punch. Along with the roundhouse kick, reverse kick, crescent kick and other various karate maneuvers that make up the repertoire of traditional hardcore dancing, these maneuvers are attempted in the mosh pit during particularly vicious “breakdowns” — the hallmark of hardcore music. The maneuvers aren’t an attempt to assault anybody particular, but are an incredibly focused physical manifestation of the rage invoked by the music.
With all these haymakers and roundhouse kicks thrown wildly into the sweltering airspace of the mosh pit, eventually somebody takes one across the face. I love the contrast of the red roses and bloody nose in this photo.
Along with hardcore’s specific style of music and dancing there are hardcore facial expressions found only at hardcore shows. Converge seemed to bring the best out of people on Sunday night. If you think you can brave a hardcore show, check out Dillinger Escape Plan Wednesday night at the Marquis Theater.
Reverb contributor Loren Speer also writes regularly for the Donnybrook Writing Academy.