Kurt Ballou, is there anything he can’t do? As the riff lord of Converge, he’s created some of the best hardcore of the last 20 years. Everything he produces (Mutoid Man, High on Fire, Kvelertak) from his Godcity Studio sounds amazing. And now we know what a true American he is, thanks to him shredding the Star Spangled Banner. At this past weekend’s BMX competition, The Final Flatland Fracas, in Bridgewater, MA, Ballou lent his talent to a cover of “The Star Spangled Banner.” While he may not have played with his teeth, there’s plenty of tremolo action and some finger tapping as well. It was certainly a fitting way to open the ceremonies.