This Saturday, the long-awaited return of Bay View Bash will be headlined by none other than Convert. That distinction is well-deserved, as the young band—which features former and current members of Burning Sons, Get Rad, and Assault & Battery in its ranks—is mere months removed from the release of what some locals (including this writer) are considering to be the best Milwaukee-made album of 2022 to this point. If you’re still unfamiliar with Saves, the debut 11-track release by the up-and-coming area post-punk project, the band wanted to help acquaint you with the record and prepare you for this weekend’s Bash by releasing a new music video.
Well, perhaps “new” isn’t the right term. Rather, the just-uploaded video for Convert’s “Unnatural Acts” features an array of raw, evocative, and uncomfortable video clips Convert guitarist Sam Sharkey collected and combined into a supercut he felt mirrored the song’s overarching themes of hopelessness and immorality.
“When I started to listen to ‘Unnatural Acts’—during the recording process, and I listened to it a lot—I kept seeing all these clips of mundane life flashing back and forth,” Sharkey says. “I tend to have a nihilistic view of the world, and I let that bleed into the video. I feel like the world is full of people trying to divide and conquer, so I wanted to show footage of different walks from different corners. Mix them up, and crash them together.”
We couldn’t say any better ourselves. Instead of trying to sum up exactly what we observed, we’ll just go ahead and suggest you watch the “Unnatural Acts” music video below…if you dare. Whether or not you click play on the video, we implore you to watch Convert (and a bunch of other great performers) live at Bay View Bash on Saturday, September 17. Convert takes the Rushmor Records Stage—situated near the intersection of Kinnickinnic Ave. and Potter Ave.—at 9:15 p.m.