My name is Riley, and I play drums and write music for a band called Thrice.

This is where I ramble about music, sports, food, books, the interwebs and whatever else I deem worthy of sharing.

In addition to my ramblings here, I'm also the co-founder of a baseball-specific twitter feed podcast and blog with my good friend Ian, called Productive Outs.

I also have a bandcamp page and a soundcloud page that I'll be posting my own music and remixes on every once in a while.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions presented on this blog are mine and mine only, and do not reflect the position or views of Thrice as a whole.

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19 posts tagged Converge

Song of the Day: OLD MAN GLOOM, “The Lash”


Taken from the album “The Ape Of God” released on Nov 11, 2014. CD/digital via Profound Lore Records. Vinyl 2xLP via SIGE.

Mutoid Man FULL SET at Vacation Vinyl - 03.09.2014 

Not a bad way to start your morning.

Given that Cave In and Converge are two of my favorite heavy bands of all-time, I knew that this Mutoid Man record was gonna be right up my alley, but this is just RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME. Better than I could have imagined.

Ben Koller is a wizard.

Holy crap. I love this. Can’t wait to hear the rest of it.

Not-So-Random Start: All Pigs Must Die, “Chaos Arise”

This is the opening track from APMD’s amazing new album Nothing Violates This Nature, which comes out Tuesday on Southern Lord. It’s a furious beast fueled by Ben Koller’s jaw-dropping drumming and Kevin Baker’s raging vocals. Highly recommended.

Buy Nothing Violates This Nature here.

Stream it here.

Random Start: Converge, “Hanging Moon”

A little Converge, a 20 oz. red eye and a brisk walk to Progressive Field. Not a bad start to a morning in Cleveland.

Buy You Fail Me.

Random Start: Converge, “Last Light”

I can’t imagine how insane crowds must go during the build that starts at 2:52. And the when that breakdown kick in at 3:08, whoa … utter chaos. I’ve got chills and my heart is racing just thinking about it. What a great song. It’s mean to be played LOUD (like basically all Converge songs), so please do so.

Buy You Fail Me here.

Random Start: Converge, “Eagles Become Vultures”

I’ve been working on learning “Homewrecker” from Jane Doe so that I can play it for fun with a few friends, and in doing so, I’ve been watching a ton of live footage of Converge. I’ve always been a huge fan of Ben Koller’s playing, and after watching a bunch of live clips, trying to dissect his parts and having All We Love We Leave Behind in heavy rotation of late, my appreciation of his playing has jumped to a whole new level. He’s freaking incredible.

Buy You Fail Me and other Converge releases here.

Random Start: Converge, “Thaw” (33 rpm vinyl rip)

Ever what it would sound like if Converge were a sludge band?

When we were on tour a couple of years ago, my buddy Aaron (formerly of O’ Brother) told me about the existence of a full album rip of Jane Doe played at 33 rpm (slow). He played me a track. My jaw dropped. I rushed to find it and download it, and good lord is it amazing. Beyond just being crushingly heavy, it’s a great way to get a better idea of all the crazy mind-bending stuff Ben Koller and Kurt Ballou play on one of the greatest heavy records of all-time.

Go find it.

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