INTERVIEW: BRENDAN MURPHY OF COUNTERPARTS ON UPCOMING SPRING EU TOUR AND MORE.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to introduce its readers to an interview we had with Brendan Murphy of hardcore/metalcore outfit hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, COUNTERPARTS who took some time out of his schedule to sit down and talk with us.
In this interview our editor-in-chief Alex is catching up with the band of Brendan Murphy, Blake Hardman, Adrian Lee, Tyler Williams and Kyle Brownlee after their last EP Private Room dating back to 2018. We have discussed music, live experiences and the upcoming Spring EU Tour they are embarking in April 2019.
- Hello Brendan, it’s such a pleasure to have you here. So I would love to start taking about your influences and how was the final lineup actually put together.
We’ve always been a band that tries to emulate the late 90’s to mid 2000’s metalcore sound. Bands like Misery Signals, Poison the Well, Shai Hulud, etc. As for the lineup, I feel like we’ve probably had MORE lineup changes than most bands but that has to do with the fact that we started touring basically the day after we all graduated high school. Sometimes after a few years, people decide that this lifestyle isn’t for them, so we’ve had some members come and go. The lineup now basically solidified in 2016 and has been the same since.
- Counterparts have six releases under their belts including Private Room EP released in 2018. So how has your signature sound actually changed along more than a decade of music and what are its staples?
I think our sound itself has stayed relatively similar across all of our material, the only difference being that we have “perfected” what actually makes a Counterparts song, if that makes sense? We know where we fit in our world and we know what to focus on and what to exclude from writing sessions. I like that if you listen to every record, you don’t hear a specific genre change, just us honoring our craft.
- Describe your sound and live acts with three adjectives.
Tight, funny, party.
- Private Room EP is a collection of B sides from the last two records. I would love to know more about the “private room” it’s named after.
The “Private Room” is basically what we refer to all private room karaoke spots as. While in Japan we kinda fell in love with the idea of doing karaoke in a private room instead of at a bar with a bunch of strangers. Sometimes it’s just really fun to get hammered and sing with your friends in a room where seemingly anything goes. Plus sometimes they even bring the drinks to you in the room which kicks ass.
- What’s the message behind Counterparts’ hardcore energy and fury? What does music mean to you?
I think the underlying theme across all of Counterparts’ music would be struggle. I write exclusively about what has happened to me, or what I’m currently going through. It’s a coping mechanism for me. It gives me an outlet to express the misery I deal with on a day to day basis and I’m very fortunate to have said outlet, that’s what music should be in my opinion… at least the music that I write. Don’t get me wrong, I love basic ass pop music as well but I’m not sure I could write that… unless someone is offering me millions of dollars I guess haha. The energy the band has, or at least I have, comes from the fact that everything I am saying and doing on record or on stage is real, and comes from a genuine place.
- As per your extensive live experience across the US and Europe, I would love you to share a few cool memorable moments on stage.
TOO MANY TO NAME! I love playing shows. It’s without question the most fun I have being a musician. Even if shows that we play suck ass I usually try to find a way to make myself laugh up there. Whether it’s making fun of myself or the crowd, if I can make people laugh I feel like I’ve done my job.
- What’s typically different between your EU and US fan base?
Well aside from the US being our best market on earth and Europe just now warming up to us, the only real difference I think is that sometimes my stage banter and the way we carry ourselves can come across as rude instead of sarcastic… which has definitely bit us in the ass before. BUT we like to have fun and crack jokes and save the being serious for recording so if you’re expecting me to be super serious on stage I guess just save the 20 bucks and go see a different band because I’m trying to have some fuckin fun baby.
- You are about to embark a EU Spring Tour kicking off in April 2019 including Impericon Festival along with Stick To Your Guns, Emmure, Bury Tomorrow and many others, you’re playing Heavy Montreal in July. So are you ready to melt faces and what gets you amped up?
Honestly nothing gets me more stoked or makes me enjoy a show more than when the crowd is going off. If we play a show to 10,000 people and only 100 kids know the words it’s pretty sick, but I don’t feel as fulfilled than when we play to those 100 kids in someone’s fuckin’ basement and they’re going full psycho, you know? To get amped for shows we usually just chill in the green room and listen to music we all fuck with and maybe have a drink or two or three.
- What else do Counterparts have in store for us? Any thrilling anticipations on a forthcoming record, your tour or any projects ahead you’re willing to share.
Right now we’re enjoying a few months off and in April everything picks back up. Touring pretty much everywhere we can in 2019 and hopefully if all goes according to plan we’ll have an album out this year too!
We will be definitely catching up with Counterparts on April 23rd 2019 at Legend Club in Milan, Italy along with Stick To Your Guns so will see you there! Thank you for your time and all the best for your EU spring tour.
See you there!
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