Converse Rubber Tracks x MetalSucks Preview, Week 4: White Widows Pact
We all know that Converse makes awesome sneakers (no exaggeration, our own Axl Rosenberg hasn’t worn any other brand since roughly 2004), but did you know that they also have a recording studio in Brooklyn… which they allow bands to use 100% FREE of charge? It’s true! Converse Rubber Tracks is a state of the art recording studio, complete with its own qualified sound engineers and too much equipment to even list here, that can be used by musicians of any genre to record their own music for FREE, the rights to which they completely retain. It sounds too good to be true… and yet, it’s a really real thing!
MetalSucks has teamed up with Converse Rubber Tracks to give five bands the opportunity to record in the studio for a day absolutely free of charge, inviting bands to apply through an open submission process this past May and June. Axl and Vince have sifted through all the band entries — yes, every single one of them! — and have chosen their favorites. Five bands will be recording at Converse Rubber Tracks in August for a day each, after which the songs they record will be released right here on MetalSucks and featured in a video series on Metal Injection. In the weeks leading up to these recording sessions, we’ll be previewing one band every Wednesday, so you can get a taste of what’s in store for ya! Today, we feature Brooklyn’s White Widows Pact.
We’ve talked about White Widows Pact (formerly just White Widows) quite a bit on MetalSucks — shit, just last month we premiered their music video for “El Marrano” — so you should be plenty familiar with them by now. But if you just arrived at the party, hey, come on in here, let’s rage!
Please allow me to pat myself on the back for my succinct description of WWP earlier this year: “Never before have power groove, sludge and hardcore-style vocals meshed so well together; it’s like if Vinnie Paul sat in with Crowbar and asked Jacob Bannon to get up on stage and sing.” Amirite? The band definitely sounds like the sum of their parts — ex and current members of The Destro, Primitive Weapons, Goes Cube and Grudges fill their ranks — but somehow the songwriting transcends all that, melding White Widows Pact into a beast all their own.
Which is why I’m so incredibly excited to hear what they lay down in the studio with us. Whereas their self-titled debut (streamable in full below) definitely goes hard out of the gate, a band’s second album — any band’s — is often when their sound truly congeals. Put another way, I’m looking forward to White Widows Pact becoming White Widows Pact 2.0, leaner and meaner, with an EP and a bunch of touring already under their belt.