Converse Rubber Tracks x MetalSucks 2015 Preview: Lesser Life
Later this month, ten unsigned bands will visit a Converse Rubber Tracks facility in either Brooklyn, NY, or Boston, MA, where they’ll lay down some jams at one of Converse’s completely free, state-of-the-art recording studios. And as if that wasn’t cool enough, bands at the Brooklyn Converse Rubber Tracks will work with producer Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Suicide Silence, Exhumed), while bands at the Boston Converse Rubber Tracks will work with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Torche).
MetalSucks held an open application process in July for bands to apply, then Axl and Vince worked with Will and Kurt to choose their five favorite bands for each city. We’ll be previewing each of the selected bands in the weeks leading up to these recording sessions, so you can get a taste of what’s in store for ya! You can check out all the previews so far here. Today, we feature North Carolina’s Lesser Life.
Lesser Life very graciously thanked Converse Rubber Tracks (but NOT MetalSucks… hrumph!) in a post on their Facebook page a few days ago, in which they dropped the following hashtag: #wesuckandwearesorrytotakethisopportunityawayfromabetterband.
We’ll be the judges of that, thank you very much, and — at least for now — we declare that Lesser Life most certainly do not suck. Have a gander at Go Hence Unto A Swift And Bitter Death, their 2014 EP. Simply put, it sounds just like a swift and very, very bitter death in aural form. Lesser Life are heavy on the grind — the genre’s more death metal-y side — and, by their own admission, they like to include “occasional ignorant and stupid breakdowns.” That’s A-OK with us: breakdowns can be a great tool when utilized properly, and when Lesser Life go for the jugular it just makes that death feel even more painful. If their full-on grind assault is the repeated stabbing of knives into their victim’s body, the breakdowns are the twisting of said knives.
Check out the EP below via their Bandcamp. Lesser Life record with producer Will Putney on September 30th in Brooklyn.