Answered by Brendan Murphy
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 good. I'm sitting in my bed at 5:00am watching Fairly Odd Parents on YTV. Not a joke.
OBM: Your first record "The Current Will Carry Us" has just been released… how did you approach the writing process?
We didn't really do anything different, same approach that we've always had. Alex and Jesse write a majority of the music, they record it, I write lyrics, and we jam it out at practice. The only real difference is that we spent a week straight in a jam space getting everything perfect. I guess that helped?
OBM: Did you go into writing this record with an idea of what kind of sound or style you wanted to bring to the album?
Definitely. After Prophets and the Split EP with Exalt, we all knew 100% what we were going for. There was no guess work involved. We know what kind of sound we're looking for, and we just use that as a template.
OBM: How did you find your time in the studio for "The Current Will Carry Us"?
It was fun. Working with Jay Maas was awesome. Being in Wakefield, MA was awesome as well. Very laid back, wasn't as stressful as it was recording Prophets. I think everyone had a good time.
OBM: What did you want to accomplish with this record musically, spiritually and lyrically?
Musically, I didn't really do much. Just kind of waited around for the demos to come in so I could write lyrics. Lyrically, I just wanted to write an honest record. One that perfectly described how I felt at the moment, and I feel like I did that. I spoke the truth, and spoke from my heart and I ilke how it turned out. Spiritually, I wanted to keep rejecting god and worshiping the dark horned boatman \m/.
OBM: How did the title come about?
The line is from the song Jumping Ship. Pretty self explanatory. I've watched my old friends change and become crappy people, but I don't care. I know that the choices that me and my current friends/family are making will benefit us in the end.
OBM: The artwork is very interesting; did you guys have any hand in that? If so what is its significance to the rest of the album?
Yup, the artwork was my/Zeb's idea. We just wanted to create something that best reflected the title. We exchanged ideas and that was the one we agreed upon. I'm happy with it. I just wish people could tell that it's not grass.
OBM: How would you characterise "The Current Will Carry Us": would you say that there’s an underlying theme or feel to the record? What were you looking to achieve with this record?
The whole record is about the struggles that I face day to day, and how I do/don't overcome them. I guess the underlying message is that you need to live for yourself, and make yourself happy above all else, because in the end that's the only person you can rely on.
OBM: What song off of the new album is your personal favorite to play?
I really like playing The Disconnect, The Constant and Thank God
OBM: Is writing something that’s pretty collaborative for you, something you do in a practice room, or do you come up with ideas, pass them on, that kind of thing?
I just write the lyrics in my room by myself, then I show the rest of the band and get their feedback.
OBM: What are some things you see Counterparts doing in the next year?
Touring, recording early on in the year, hopefully touring the UK/Europe. We'll see!
OBM: Finally what are your hopes/aims for the future?
To die knowing that I did something moderately cool with my life.