Pitchfork: On this song, you sing, “I’m my own man, built by my own hands.” In addition to Converge, you run a record label and have a solo project. Does it feel like you’ve been able to build your professional life in your own reflection?
Bannon: That’s the intent of being a self-sufficient artist who subscribes to [a DIY] ethic, but I don’t think any artist or musician is ever completely fulfilled. It’s a quest that never ends. You’re always trying to realize a vision that you might not be able to attain. There’s always a restlessness in any artist.
It’s funny, I was talking with a friend about how a lot of the things that you’re working through into your middle age are the same issues that affected you when you were a kid. They don’t necessarily resolve themselves. You still have that same pain and complexity and gray area. You might have come to a better understanding of those things, but the cause and effect is still there.