Advocate Interview: Jacob Bannon of Converge
Screen shot from Converge's 'All We Love We Leave Behind' Album Stream by Jacob Bannon.
Q: The artwork you created is really incredible. I know in the past you've worked with still images. Is this the first time you've created something for a Converge record that shifts and moves, changing as you watch and listen?
A: All my work has a bit of a kinetic feel. It always has. It's the way that I like to make art. As a person, I like to make art with movement, things that are explosive, things that capture the energy of our band. It's not my first foray into video. I did film work and video in college a bit. But it was probably the first time I had this, let's just call it an assignment to do something like that for the record. I wish I had more time to do that. I had one day to essentially take the paintings I did on the record and try to turn them into some sort of video piece just due to the time constraints of the record label and what not. I thought it wasn't going to be my responsibility to do it, but it just ended up falling into my lap, which is totally fine. In a way, I sort of prefer that, just because I like to do things myself. That's the best way to ensure that things are done properly. But if I had another week, I think I would have done something a little more explosive. It probably would have taken a little more time. But in the end, I'm happy with it for sure. And it's a rare thing. I don't really think you see that much effort put into streams of records, you know? More often than not, when a record leaks, or there's a planned stream of some kind, it's just album covers thrown up on YouTube and a song. You hit play. Our music is about something more than that, and it has other facets to it that amplify what we're doing. And if I can include the visuals in those things and do something that's never been done before, then, you know, I'm all for it.