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OBM: Hi, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. How are you doing; what’re you up to at the moment?

I’m doing great, I just ate a cupcake with cookie dough on the inside. Tonight’s been cool.

OBM: “The Difference Between Hell And Home” is  your third release, when you started the writing process for “The Difference Between Hell And Home” was there anything that you felt you wanted to do differently this time around, or a certain element you made sure you kept, or a goal that you wanted to aim for?

We definitely didn’t want to rush. We wanted to take our time and make sure that we wrote cohesive SONGS not just random parts strung together, you know? Other than that everything was the same.

OBM: Did you guys sit down and write this album or did it happen mostly on the road? Can you paint a scene for the readers so maybe we can get a taste of your surroundings and what this writing process was like for you guys?

I think a lot of it had come from Jesse during our downtime between tours. He would write, record demos, send them to us, and we’d go from there. That’s how it’s always been. I mean, every now and then Alex would come along with songs that he wrote. Like Slave or Soil, but it’s mostly Jesse writing the skeleton of the song and we fill in the rest individually.

OBM: Any unique or interesting stories while recording?

I watched Kelly play Xbox and ate Beefy Nacho Grillers from Taco Bell every single god damn day. I went to NYC a few times during our stay in the studio, that’s literally it.

OBM: Where does the title "The Difference Between Hell And Home" come from?

The end of Compass.

OBM: I’m curious about the track "Compass". Dissect this track for us and how it ties into the album as a whole…

The song is about finding that ONE specific thing that you call home. That ONE thing that when you are with it, you feel safe. You could be 1000’s of miles from your bed, but if you’re with that person, thing, whatever, you’re home. It’s tough to explain, but basically I found that feeling and it’s a nice thing to have.

OBM: The artwork for the album is quite eye-catching, what is the idea behind it?
I guess the pictures can kinda go along with the lyrical content… if you look for it. My girlfriend Stephanie is a photographer and her and I did the album artwork together. It was pretty fun.

OBM: Do you find your writing therapeutic or is some of this stuff hard to disclose?
It’s way easier to get on stage and sing about my issues than have a sit down and discuss them with friends. It always has been and I don’t really see that changing.

OBM: How do you feel you’ve grown as musicians and writers since your first release “Prophets”, or even since “The Difference Between Hell And Home”?
Well when we wrote Prophets we were 17 and 18 years old. Now we’re all 22/23, so imagine what 5 years of growth after high school would do to a person, you know? I guess we just “grew up” as lame as it sounds to say that.

OBM: A lot has happened/changed to the music industry over 10 years, do you think it is now a better or worse place for a band like Counterparts?

For a band like us, the present state of the music industry couldn’t get any worse. At least we have kids coming to shows. If it weren’t for that I’d put a bullet in my head sooner than play in a band again haha.

OBM: You obviously have a great passion for music. What does music mean to you personally?

Music is the only constant in my life. Music is the only thing that I’ve been able to give a shit about for longer than a few months, you know? No matter what genre. Obviously I wasn’t listening to Insect Warfare in the eighth grade, but I was into other bands just as much. Maybe that’s a bad example haha.

OBM: There are bands popping up all over the place. What about in Canada? Any bands we should be looking out for?


OBM: So, what are you looking at for this year or so of Counterparts?
Lots of touring, lots of van breakdowns, lots of fast food.

OBM: Okay, thanks for your time, anything else you’d like to say to finish up?

If anyone knows who’s been putting notes in Kenny’s mailbox, can you please tell me?




Counterparts | The Difference between Hell and Home
Erscheinungsdatum: 23.Juli 2013
Spielzeit: 36:27
Label: Victory Records
Producer: Will Putney

Counterparts | The Current Will Carry Us
Erscheinungsdatum: 24.Oktober 2011
Spielzeit: 34:36
Label: Victory Records
Producer: Jay Maas

Counterparts | Prophets
Erscheinungsdatum: 23.Februar 2010
Spielzeit: 31:17
Label: Verona Records
Producer: Jordan Valeriote

Counterparts | Exal
Erscheinungsdatum: 21.November 2010
Label: Verona Records
Producer: Jordan Valeriote


Brendan Murphy - Gesang
Jesse Doreen - Gitarre
Alex Re - Gitarre
Eric Bazinet - Bass
Kelly Bilan - Schlagzeug



"Well when we wrote Prophets we were 17 and 18 years old. Now we’re all 22/23, so imagine what 5 years of growth after high school would do to a person, you know? I guess we just “grew up” as lame as it sounds to say that.



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