Photo Credit: Greg Thomas
Melodic hardcore band Conveyer have just dropped their new record No Future via Victory Records and vocalist Danny Adams thinks it’s the most unique record the band have put out to date. So what separates this record from their previous releases? For one, the DIY band worked with a producer for the first time in their music career and it changed how they approach making records.
Conveyer’s producer for No Future was none other than Greg Thomas, who has produced big hardcore names like Shai Hulud and Misery Signals. Both are bands that have come out with some of Adams’s favorite records, so it was only fitting for the band to work with him.
“Being a hardcore band,” Adams starts, “we definitely didn’t want to walk into anything that was too formal or not work with anybody who was in it for their paycheck. There’s no one who could’ve been a better fit for us to work with than Greg. Not only is he good at what he does and has vision, but he can translate what we want and understand it and meet us halfway. He came up with the wave of bands that inspired us so it’s really cool to have that understanding.”
Though they still consider themselves a DIY band all the way — they self-book and self-manage — they’ve learned something critical about the writing and recording process that will continue to influence them as they move forward. After being pushed to do their best by Thomas in the studio, Adams says more hard work is on the horizon. “From now on I’m prepared to want to better myself past what I thought I should have to,” he states. This attitude is precisely what makes No Future so different. Bluntly put, Adams says, “We tried.”
That may seem like an against the grain statement to make, but Adams doesn’t mean to devalue the band’s previous work. “I’m not downplaying our last record by any means,” he explains, “but you don’t have to be a music critic to know it didn’t try and leap over any bounds. It was very much a melodic hardcore record [that] people could expect. But we thought at the time that there wasn’t a band traditionally carrying that torch when we put out the record and we thought we could be that band that represents melodic hardcore. But this one, we wanted to put our stamp on something modern that didn’t sound we recycled a Modern Life Is War record. I had more time to do what I wanted.”
That included getting to share a track (“Levity”) with Todd Mackey (Life In Your Way, With Honor) which ended up being Adams’s favorite song on the record. “[It’s] not that I think it’s better than any of the others,” he says, “I just love that Todd Mackey’s on it and we’ve got really cool punk sing alongs now. I’ve wanted to be in that kind of hardcore punk band forever.”
In terms of content, the new record deals with issues like loss, doubt, and how the outside world affects one internally. “No Future,” the title track, is just me complaining for the most part,” Adams admits. “We live in a world where we’re constantly fed with information that makes you want to lose faith in things.” For him and his bandmates, faith is a very important part of their lives and their lyrics, so No Future really shows him wrestling with secular events and metaphysical beliefs and how to reconcile the two.
But you don’t have to be a Christian or a religious person to love the new record. “I think kids who love hardcore, regardless of what that means to them or what their definition of that is, I think they’ll appreciate it because we’re not really trying to be anything. We very much try to represent bands like us and our friends that truly only want to work hard for this. We’re not offering a product that we think will sell. But when it comes down to it I don’t care [what people think]. I love the record.”
So if you’re not a person of faith, what can you find on this record? Adams says the main theme is something very universal. “It’s about growing up. It’s not about being Christian, it’s not about having political opinions. It’s about growing up and trying to balance what we see in the world and what we believe in our hearts in a healthy way.” Whatever you believe, No Future is in the end definitely a record worth listening to.