Converse X Decibel: Tiles and Tribulations with SubRosa

On: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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By now you should be well aware of how highly we regard SubRosa‘s 2013 masterpiece, More Constant Than the Gods. So, featuring them in the latest Converse x Decibel video was a no-brainer. The Salt Lake City five-piece reveal the meaning behind MCTTG standout “Cosey Mo” (catch up on your Nick Cave lit), talk about the delight of dog-earing used books, and describe how frontwoman Rebecca Vernon’s “obsession with words and vocabulary” stems from intense Scrabble contests with her Grandma “Fluffy.” Press play and remember to use all seven tiles for an additional 50 points.

Converse X Decibel: Rotting Out Know More Than Squat About Punk Rock

On: Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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If you’ve had the privilege of getting your bell rung at a Rotting Out show, the first thing you probably noticed when you stumbled to the side is, “Damn, that singer’s massive.” Indeed, Walter Delgado, who fronts the ferocious SoCal hxc five-piece, is an avid competitive weightlifter. In the latest Converse x Decibel video, Delgado explains what’s behind his vulgar display of power lifting, why it doesn’t necessarily make him more fit onstage, the value of stuffing one’s face with cinnamon rolls, and how not to get “stomped out” at an RO gig.

Converse X Decibel: Floor Are Back and Super Chill About It

On: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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Everybody’s pumped about doom-pop heroes Floor‘s big resurrection. Oblation will be their first full-length in 10 years! Decibel unveiled an already-sold-out “Hall of Fame edition” of the Floridian trio’s self-titled 2002 classic! Yup, everybody’s pumped except… Floor themselves. In the newest Converse x Decibel video, Steve Brooks, Anthony Vialon and Henry Wilson spend most of this critical, pressure-packed lead-up time just, you know, chillaxing. Brooks gets the Floor tattoo that Vialon conceived, and Wilson screws around with a bullwhip before busting out some cool bike tricks. This band couldn’t rule harder. Press play and get in the zone.

Converse x Decibel: KEN Mode Account for a Bright Future

On: Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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We do the math with Canadian noise-rockers KEN Mode, as brothers Jesse (guitar/vocals) and Shane Matthewson (drums) explain the advantages of being raised by two accountants, in the latest Converse x Decibel video collaboration.

 

Converse x Decibel: Sledding and Ripping with Ruby the Hatchet

On: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

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You may not be familiar with stoner outfit Ruby the Hatchet, but they’re one of our hometown of Philadelphia’s finest on-the-rise bands. The psychedelic doombringers star in the latest Converse x Decibel conversation, and trust us: You’ll want to get in on the ground floor. Frontwoman Jillian Taylor handles a massive snake with the acumen of Saul “Slash” Hudson while the band discusses their appetite for creative destruction in lieu of predictable nightlife time-wasting.

Converse x Decibel: Emotional Breakthroughs With Noisem

On: Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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Baltimore whippersnappers Noisem unleashed a top 10-worthy record in last year’s ferocious death-thrash debut, Agony Defined.  So, we’re psyched to have them star in the latest Converse x Decibel collaboration, coincidentally just about the average length of any three-minute ripper on the album. Guitarist Sebastian Phillips talks about genre pigeonholing and frontman Tyler Carnes discusses how to infuse the death metal vokill experience with raw emotion.

Converse x Decibel: Black Tusk’s Custom Metalworks Getaway

On: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

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Savannah’s metal scene has enjoyed big-time crossover hype in the last couple years, thanks to the rise of Baroness, Kylesa and sludge trio Black Tusk. In the latest installment of Converse x Decibel, the southern gentlemen will blow your minds, exhibiting how through patience, dedication, trial and error, they’ve custom-built everything from full drum kits to used beer keg smokers.

Converse x Decibel: Anciients Go Over the Rivers and Through the Woods

On: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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It’s getting closer and closer to best-of-2013 time (well, not for you, per se, here at the tail end of August, but for those of us about to complete assembling our November issue.) And it’s a good bet that Canadian stoner squad Anciients will get some props for their ripping, heartfelt debut Heart of Oak. For the newest installment of Converse x Decibel, we travel to the quartet’s home base of British Columbia to explore how the vast woodland environs influence their elaborate progressive compositions.

Converse x Decibel: Coliseum Find Art in the Heart of Kentucky

On: Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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Ever-evolving noise-punkers Coliseum are continuing to cross over to new audiences on the strength of this year’s fourth LP, Sister Faith. In this beautifully rendered latest installment of Converse x Decibel, frontman Ryan Patterson fesses up about not only the trio’s fascination with obscure cinema, but their unshakable bond with their hometown of Louisville.

Converse x Decibel: Doomriders Deal With Daddy Day Care

On: Monday, July 1st, 2013

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Four-time Decibel cover stars Converge have an impressive array of side projects; the monstrous Nate Newton-led Doomriders are up there in terms of pedigree and general awesomeness. In the latest installment of Decibel x Converse, Newton talks about the forced maturity inherent in new fatherhood… before he and the boys rhapsodize about their dumbest tattoos! Growing up: not easy.

Converse x Decibel: Opeth’s Vinyl Fantasies

On: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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New Jersey isn’t all bad. For the latest Converse x Decibel, we personally tagged along with Opeth mastermind Mikael Akerfeldt to Fords’ killer indie record shop Vintage Vinyl. The always-earnest frontman comes clean about his vinyl/cassette obsession, his favorite subgenres, yearning to open his own vinyl hole in the wall, and, you know, that one time he surrendered a Predator poster for a Sodom album.

Converse x Decibel: The Dillinger Escape Plan’s School of Hard Rocks

On: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

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Early in this video, Greg Puciato talks about the need to “[hone] in on the spirit that you need to channel for that day” to be a viable component of the Dillinger Escape Plan. Some days a certain percentage of each member is up to the task, he says, running through a few arbitrary numbers before settling on, yes, “43 percent.” Um, think it’s safe to say he belongs. Anyway, join the for once pretty stable lineup in a very calm forest (?!) and learn about getting “possessed” by the chaos of life in a post math-metal institution.