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Counterparts are a Canadian band. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Brendan Murphy, guitarists Jesse Doreen and Adrian Lee and drummer Kelly Bilan. The band’s most recent two albums have received critical acclaim from magazines Rock Sound and Exclaim!. They were released through Victory Records.

Counterparts formed in Hamilton, Ontario in 2007, under the name “Brigade”, later “Sharia” before settling on Counterparts. Counterparts consisted of vocalist Brendan Murphy, guitarist Jesse Doreen, guitarist Curtis Washik, bassist Eric Bazinet, and drummer Ryan Juntilla. In mid-2009, Washik departed from the band, and Alex Re joined the band temporarily as their guitarist before becoming their permanent guitarist. In March 2009 Counterparts toured Canada. In 2010 Shane Told, from the band Silverstein, signed them to his Verona Records label.

Lead vocalist Brendan Murphy was featured on the song “The Artist” on Silverstein’s fifth album, Rescue. He also appeared in their music video.

The band’s debut album Prophets was released 23 February 2010 on label Verona Records. In 2010, Juntilla left the band, and was replaced by Chris Needham. A split EP, featuring Needham on drums was released 21 November 2010 with band Exalt. The band toured North America in support of the album.

In spring of 2011, the band was signed to Victory Records. The band continued to tour until the summer of 2011, when they announced that they were recording a new album. During this time, Needham left the band to see a speech therapist. A search for their next drummer was started, but ultimately, Juntilla rejoined the band, just in time to start recording for their second album, The Current Will Carry Us.


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  • MaikMoreira

    I hate you more than you could ever fucking know, And I hate you for making me feel like this ~ MMVII

    25 Jul 10:52pm Reply
  • Slargrave

    I'm now convinced that The Difference Between Hell and Home is their absolute pinnacle, it's excellent and passionate melodic hardcore. All their albums are great however.

    25 Jul 8:19pm Reply
  • 20Ib

    No chance. they fuckin kick ass in every album. They're just improving each album! Cant name one as best. Really!

    19 Jul 5:25am Reply
  • Kalltvatten

    Post-hardcore revival//melodic hardcore from sweden FFO: La Dispute, Frameworks, MewithoutYou

    14 Jul 11:54am Reply
  • joshy0

    I know this may be unpopular, but I think their first album is their best. Prophets rips like crazy and is rather heartfelt and genuine, and they have just become more and more intolerably shticky with each subsequent release. imo, TDBHAH is their worst work yet and is just a patronizing and shitty album overall, as far as "melodic hardcore" goes. it's a real disappointment, man..

    29 May 9:47am Reply
  • trillwave

    i'll prob jam prophets til i'm dead.

    26 May 8:21pm Reply
  • Elmarosana

    debris is my fav. track :)

    28 Mar 11:14pm Reply
  • darkpassenger-

    Honestly, TCWCU didn't stand out to me other than Reflection. It's still a good album, but I think that Prophets and TDBHAH are much better. [2] I agree that TCWCU didn't stand out compared to the other 2, but TCWCU is still all around a solid album.

    25 Mar 4:59pm Reply
  • Asphyz

    TDBHAH is in my opinion also, their best work.

    20 Mar 11:09am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Counterparts

    17 Mar 1:43pm Reply
  • Panda-corE

    Strangely but I didn't like 'The Current will take Us' at all. And their last record 'The Difference Between Hell & Home' is one of my favourite albums now.

    6 Mar 4:21pm Reply
  • Teh_Eric

    Honestly, TCWCU didn't stand out to me other than Reflection. It's still a good album, but I think that Prophets and TDBHAH are much better.

    4 Mar 6:58pm Reply
  • Kelphin

    Love dat Reflection. Those lyrics sums up how i've felt like this past year. These guys deserve so much more attention. Hope to see them in Indonesia soon.

    26 Feb 6:54am Reply
  • tatsunokoLOL

    One of the bands you must see in a gig or a festival.

    24 Feb 1:50pm Reply
  • MaikMoreira

    ''pode parecer que eu tenho todas as respostas, mas eu estou tão perdido quanto você..'' Counterparts - Refletion

    30 Jan 4:38am Reply
  • VenomInMyVeins

    I'd have to agree that their new album wasn't as good as TCWCU. Ten years from now, I bet you I will still remember songs and lyrics off the Current. Songs like the Constant, Uncertainty, and Reflection will stick with me until the end. Hell and Home is a good album, but not THAT good.

    24 Jan 6:21am Reply
  • Kobayashihc

    counterparts makes my day <3

    5 Jan 7:31pm Reply
  • deep_distortion

    agree 100%

    4 Jan 7:46am Reply
  • Evecchi95

    One of the best hardcore/metalcore bands now.

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Jaayson

    Only recently got round to checking out the latest album, and definitely wasn't disappointed! Another solid release, definitely one of my favourite melodic hardcore albums released this year.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
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