Wear Your Wounds is the ongoing solo project from Jacob Bannon of Converge based around lo-fi recordings. Gathering players such as Kurt Ballou and members of The Red Chord, Sleigh Bells, and Hatebreed to contribute. Heavily influenced by Sparklehorse and Songs: Ohia WYW is a very different direction to Converge and pushes into post-rock and multi-layered instrumentation.
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8/10 gbar Customer review, 16th April 2017
After recently toying and experimenting with the idea of adding a slower post-rock sound to his band Converge, vocalist Jacob Bannon has decided to explore this new vision by himself under the moniker Wear Your Wounds. In order to create something unique and separate from Converge, Bannon's debut solo record deconstructs the usual wall of noise, and is replaced with chilling palettes along with distorted, mumbled vocals (in contrast to his usual cries and wails). I'd say you could probably compare this softer surrounding to Chino Moreno's (of Deftones) quieter side-projects, such as Palms and Crosses. While everything Converge has done in the past is immersed in emotion, WYW sees Jacob at his most exposed, honest and raw, which creates a powerful combination with the ethereal soundscapes that ebb and flow throughout. From the ritualistic thuds of 'Giving Up' or the instrumental sadness of 'Shine', WYW explores the depressive themes of sadness, loss, and loneliness, yet it is done in the most elegant of ways.
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