Conveyer – When Given Time to Grow
Words: Ray Moore
I tend to have favorites of almost every and anything in my life. Some of them change and some stay the same. For example for as long as I can remember I have always like cats and snakes. Soccer and baseball have always been my two favorite sports. A few things that have changed have been my favorite color, favorite food and even favorite band. When it comes to record labels that also seems to change. It the past it has been Drive-Thru, Nitro, Deep Elm and Blood and Ink. I bet you are wondering what this has to do with this review. Well I will tell you.
One label that has always stayed around for me and always will be a favorite is Victory. I don’t know how they do what they do but they are constantly signing bands that I end up loving, some life changing. From Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire by Hatebreed to Full Collapse by Thursday to The Silence in Black and White by Hawthorne Heights to We Will Overcome by Close Your Eyes. All four of these albums fall in my top 15 albums of all time. Three of the bands are in my top 15 of all time. The common factor is Victory Records. With the addition of Conveyer to their roster I am certain they will follow suit.
Conveyer is a band that is fairly new to me. I only came to know of them this past summer. I had heard the name but never listened to them. So when I saw they were playing at Audiofeed I figured that would be a good time to check them out. And they did not disappoint. I was hooked. After their set I made a beeline to their merch table to buy a shirt and their first release which I still play on a weekly basis. A few weeks before Audiofeed they announced they had signed to Victory and would be releasing a new album in September. After seeing them live and hearing the first album I was stoked for this new release. And as you may know by now it is quite the release.
Much like the four albums mentioned above, When Given Time To Grow was released at just the right time in my life. Spirit-filled hardcore is a term that I feel gets tossed around a lot and it should not. If you want to know what it truly is in 2015, then this is the album you need to listen to. The lyrics hit home on so many levels. At times I feel as if Danny Adams stole my journal or somehow read my mind. This is the album I have been needing to hear for a long time.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nqRMYpbAyg[/youtube]
In the song, “Haven” there is a line that goes, “I hope I’m not just counting down the days until I relapse and forget to relate. There’s got to be more than what we’re all conditioned to expect from this self-centered world of hate and regret, pain and neglect, I’m trying my best”. I can relate to that. It’s good to know there is someone else that feels that way. That has become a song of hope for me. I can put it on and by the end I feel and know that it is going to be okay as long as I give my best. My favorite track on the album is “Cage”. This song is about vocalist Danny’s mom and how she is in prison and how she inspires him to be the best he can and how she has not lost hope. Again there is that word hope. Hope could easily be the theme of this album. Another track that stands out is “Impatience”. It features the guest vocals of Cam Smith from Hotel Books, which fit nicely in this song. It is the last line in Cam’s part that hits home. It goes, “Because I know I have purpose when you purposefully tell me you that see something in me, even when I can’t see myself”. This is something I have always struggled with but am recently coming to grasp and it feels good.
Conveyer have crafted an album that a lot of people are going to be able to relate to. A lot of people are going to find a new favorite band. The reason is simple, they give hope. And right now that is missing in music and in this world. If you get the chance, go see them live as well.
You will walk away feeling something you haven’t in a long time.