After hitting Australian shores last year for Unity Festival, Canadian hardcore punk band Counterparts released their fifth album ‘You’re Not You Anymore’; this means Counterparts have been back on the road again and Australia’s turn kicks off tomorrow night in Perth. As a bonus treat, this is a co-headline tour with well-known American metalcore band Stray From The Path!

Vocalist Brandon Murphy took time Tuesday afternoon before Counterparts took to stage in the Philippines to speak about the upcoming tour; the first topic was about the excitement levels within in the band about coming back to Australia so soon:

“Ideally, we would do Australia once a year! Not only are the shows awesome, but the country is great and we love any city we’ve been to; any excuse to come is always awesome. The only drawback is how expensive everything is up front; at the end of the day, the shows are always crazy and the kids seem to love us there. We’re excited to get to be coming back and if we could make it a yearly thing that would be awesome.”

Talking about how the upcoming co-headline tour with Stray From The Path came to light, Murphy pointed out “we’ve been friends with Stray for years, as our bands came up around the same time together. Tom and I were talking about doing this international co-headline tour where we do Japan, South East Asia, Australia/New Zealand; it’s still weird how everything came about though. We told our managers how “we want to do this thing with Stray and it’s like a vacation but we have to play shows as well” and their response was “that’s cool, we’re down with that.” It took absolutely no convincing at all, as everyone heard about it was cool with it. Even we share a lot of the same fans thanks to the dynamics of our bands, we bring an equal amount of new fans for each other; we’re exposing each other’s fans to our sounds and it has just been great fun!”


When asked if ‘You’re Not You Anymore’ has taken Counterparts to new places, Murphy lets out a small chuckle and quipped “this whole South East Asia leg; so it’s been a minute since we’ve done something that’s totally new to us, in somewhere we’ve never been”, before pointing out that “tonight we are in the Philippines, tomorrow we’re in Indonesia and the next day is Singapore; the next three shows are all completely new to us! So far we’ve been treated very well and it’s just an amazing experience that we’re in a position to be able to take more of a risk and get to come here; tonight’s show is expected to have about 500 tickets, whereas I would have been expecting maybe one or two hundred.”

Touching on crowd reaction to the newer songs at recent live performances, Murphy mentioned how “A lot of the singles are doing really well and No Servant Of Mine seems to be the biggest one. When we play it, we definitely know that people are going to be going off in the pit! It’s new for us because usually for the first year an album is out, people are undecided on it. When we put out ‘You’re Not You’re Anymore’, people almost unanimously started singing praise; that’s really cool for us. It’s usually a slow burn when we release an album, whereas it popped off almost immediately with this one!”


Using the fact that Counterparts are currently on tour, it was the perfect opportunity find out into what Australian fans should expect at the upcoming shows. Murphy let it fly that “first of all, the whole set is going to be a banger; we’re playing a song off every album, including the split! We’re gonna be playing a lot of songs in a short period of time; you’ll have thirty seconds to catch your breath after a couple of songs, whilst I take that thirty seconds to say a few things before it starts again.” before giving an unexpected but great insight into the friendship between the two bands:

“You won’t know who is going to headline what show; that’s going to be decided on a day by day basis! Tom and I have worked it out where we’re going to gamble for it; we’ll most likely roll dice and the winner decides if they want to main support or headline, instead of just alternating. We just don’t really give a s**t and we wanted to make this funny; that’s our band dynamic where we just f**k around and we’re just glad we found a way to incorporate something funny into the tour.”

When asked if there were any last words for Australian fans before tomorrow night’s launch show, Murphy playfully mentioned how “I can’t convince people to buy a ticket if they haven’t already, but I don’t think it would be the worst thing you’ve spent your money on!” before closing with “I’ve pretty much given the gist; if you’re on the fence, come and see us. If you don’t like us, at least you can say that we sucked and didn’t have any fun; that shouldn’t happen though if you’re a fan of either band!”

IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY PURCHASED A TICKET, YOU CAN CHECK OUT DATES AND WHERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS BELOW:

FRIDAY 13 APRIL: AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH (18+)
Tickets available via www.oztix.com.au

SATURDAY 14 APRIL: CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE (18+)
Tickets available via www.cornerhotel.com

SUNDAY 15 APRIL: PHOENIX YOUTH CENTRE, MELBOURNE (All Ages)
Tickets available via www.oztix.com.au

MONDAY 16 APRIL: FOWLERS LIVE, ADELAIDE (Licensed All Ages)
Tickets available via www.oztix.com.au

WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL: FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY (Licensed All Ages)
Tickets available via www.factorytheatre.com.au

THURSDAY 19 APRIL: SMALL BALLROOM, NEWCASTLE (18+)
Tickets available via www.oztix.com.au

FRIDAY 20 APRIL: WOOLLY MAMMOTH, BRISBANE (18+)
Tickets available via www.moshtix.com.au

 

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