Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, CONVEYER’s devotion to music and faith is the common thread that connected its members – Danny Adams (Vocals), Ty Brooks (Guitar), Nick Matako (Guitar), Ben Greene (Bass), and Daniel Glover (Drums). Formed in 2011 through mutual and touring friends, CONVEYER took their DIY ethic and laid a solid foundation through numerous self-booked, successful North American tours. That year also saw the release of the EP Empty Handed, followed by heavy touring and a couple singles released in 2012. But it wasn’t until New Years Eve, December 31, 2013, when the band released their debut album, Worn Out.
Since the release of Worn Out, CONVEYER has evolved from a road-conquering outfit to an ambitious, spirit-filled hardcore machine. The band had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Creed, Letlive, August Burns Red, Stray From The Path, Shai Hulud, Counterparts and many more.
In early 2015, the band hit the studio to record their upcoming release, When Given Time To Grow, set for release on September 4th, 2015 on Victory Records. On signing with Victory, frontman Adams claims, “A majority of the bands that got me into going to shows and participating in a local hardcore/metal scene were putting out records through Victory before I even knew what music I liked. Realizing Victory was on board with CONVEYERand wanted to help us do more was a surreal experience.”
Guitarist Ty Brooks explains the process behind CONVEYER’s writing, “Our formula has always been bringing riffs and song ideas to our drummer and jamming them out as a band. We demo’d out a lot of the new record as we were writing so that Danny could have more input on the songs. We sat in a room for a few weeks and worked on these songs all day and night until we had the record that we were happy with.”
At the heart of CONVEYER’s new release, When Given Time To Grow, is an emotionally soaked discharge of topics like crippling hopelessness, self-deprecation, guilt of failed relationships, lust, family hardships and how God is able to help people grow through all of the trials.
“We are a spirit filled hardcore band, we just want to write passionate music that glorifies God,” Brooks amends. “We want people to know that no matter what they are going through in their life, God can help them get through it. We all are a living testament of that.”
ABOUT CHURCH TONGUE–
Indianapolis-based band CHURCH TONGUE, featuring Michael Sugars on vocals; Nicko Calderon on guitar; Chris Sawicki on guitar; Ty Bernhardt on drums; and Tony Blondin on bass, dole out a gnarly, noisy slab of emotional post-hardcore on Heart Failure, out October 21 on Blood & Ink. Sugars describes the album as “painfully honest, and aggressive. There were a lot of things I didn’t know if I actually wanted to say, because of the dark content. I came to find it as the great release I was looking for.”
CHURCH TONGUE have been making a racket since 2012. They formed under a different name, with all of the members cutting their teeth by playing in a variety of local bands since their teenage years. They’ve all had some wild rides on the road, like ending up in the middle of Mardi Gras or being trapped in Pennsylvania for two weeks. Those are experiences which shaped the band, the people, and the players they are today — you’ll have to ask them about those escapades!
Sugars revealed the album is titled Heart Failure since every song, in some, way, shape or form, questions the human condition, God, love, artists, friends, authority, and one’s self. It’s certainly a deep, dense record, but one that deserves the attention it will undoubtedly attract and the time that the listener invests into it.
Also, the band admits being influenced by My Chemical Romance and the band’s breakup somehow sparked Calderon’s writing style moving forward. No, CHURCH TONGUE don’t sound anything like MCR, but their music is born of the same sort of passion and vigor. It’s also the type of impactful, emotional music that resonates so fervently with the kids.
Heart Failure features guest vocals from Vanna frontman Davey Muise on “Medicine Breath,” while Matt Vacar of Exiting the Fall is featured on “Dark Days.” Additionally, Keyoung appears on “7:20.”
Ultimately, Heart Failure is a truly cathartic artistic triumph on all levels.