Counterparts’ Brendan Murphy on upcoming album: “I think we’ve pinpointed the one thing that’s not letting us get to the next level”

Ontario melodic hardcore veterans (seriously!) Counterparts are currently slaying the Vans Warped Tour all summer, and they’re bringing out their new record You’re Not You Anymore, their 5th full-length, out on Pure Noise Records September 22nd. Counterparts is a great example of a band that has stuck to a proven formula, yet also tweaks their sound just enough for some variation between albums. I believe Counterparts to be one of the few bands that fans can count on for a great effort every time out, especially in a genre that’s often lacking significant variance.

I was lucky enough to talk to vocalist Brendan Murphy about the upcoming album, which you can find below. Brendan and I talked for over a half hour about the new Misery Signals documentary Yesterday Was Everything, why the new Counterparts album is the band’s best yet, and their “little brothers” in Knocked Loose (who are drawing some massive crowds).

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Counterparts, Neck Deep, Boston Manor, & more to take part in Warped documentary about international bands

Another summer means the annual Vans Warped Tour is in full swing right now, and there’s dozens of bands who are straight killing it this season – from pop-punk standouts Boston Manor to melodic hardcore veterans Counterparts, every band on the tour has a place and a message to spread. This goes twofold for bands like Counterparts and Trophy Eyes, who have to pay expensive fees for international work visas just to make it overseas – not to mention further expenses just for being far away from home.

That being said, the fact that Warped Tour exists is a borderline miracle, considering the setup and takedown that goes on every single day. The international bands playing this tour often have more of a proverbial chip on their shoulder, and in conjunction with Warped, bands like Counterparts and Trophy Eyes are taking part in a mini documentary that shows the struggles and financial issues these bands often face – but also the hard work that they put in on a daily basis. You can check out a short 4 minute teaser below – the teaser is quite compelling and will likely make for interesting viewing.

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Watch: Counterparts, Gideon, & more play a house show in Tennessee

How killer are basement and house shows, really? Especially seeing a band that is currently slaying crowds on Warped in Counterparts, as well as hardcore favorites Gideon. It certainly has to be an experience. However, 6/28 was a rare off day for the tour, so while most bands took the travel day to properly rest, Counterparts were having none of it. Joined by the bands On Point and Many Rooms (who are phenomenal), they all played a house show in Tennessee. We were able to snag some video, which you can watch below. We’ll be adding a few more videos as well – so stay tuned! Even OL STONE COLD was in on the action.

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