When Michigan’s Fireworks announced an “indefinite hiatus” in 2015, it seemed to spell the premature end of one of punk/emo music’s most promising new acts. 2014’s Oh, Common Life saw the band juxtaposing frontman David Mackinder’s emotive tales of heartache and loss with an expanding musical pallet of indie rock influences — and just as they seemed poised for a breakthrough, they were gone.
It’s been a long time coming for Canadian melodic hardcore band Counterparts. 6 full-length albums into their career and a plethora of member changes later, they’ve long outlasted most of their peers and bucked shoehorned-in trends that would sink many other bands. In short, Counterparts have continued to build upon their signature sound by not necessarily straying from the path, but instead honing their songwriting skills into their newest album, Nothing Left To Love. A tour-de-force of everything Counterparts have written to date, and especially reminiscent of their 2010 album Prophets, the band has now reached a number of huge milestones in their career now that the first-week sales have been tallied.