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Coun­ter­parts

You’re Not You Any­more

When Coun­ter­parts’ lead gui­tarist and main song­writer Jesse Doreen left over a year ago, some thought it would end the band’s steady growth, but vo­cal­ist Bren­dan Mur­phy as­sured fans that they shouldn’t worry; his re­place­ment, Blake Hard­man, pre­vi­ously played in peer bands Gideon and Hun­dredth. Coun­ter­parts make it clear that they have their song­writ­ing down to a sci­ence on You’re Not You Any­more. Will Put­ney (who pro­duced their last two re­leases) suc­cess­fully cap­tures the group’s ef­fort­less melodic flow, raw heav­i­ness and vul­ner­a­ble lyri­cal de­liv­ery once again. You’re Not You Any­more is surely an ironic ti­tle; this is a honed-in ver­sion of Coun­ter­parts that show­cases the band’s best as­pects. (New Dam­age, new­dam­agere­cords.com)

What’s the deal with that ti­tle?

Mur­phy: A lot of the songs deal with per­sonal change, from the end of [2015’s] Tragedy Will Find Us un­til now. So, it could be used as de­scrib­ing my­self and the band un­der­go­ing a bunch of changes like los­ing song­writ­ers… It can be in­ter­preted in any way you wish. We like to be am­bigu­ous enough that any­body can re­late it to any­thing.

There’s a taste­ful ni­hilism in your lyrics, but you touch on lighter themes too. Where does that stem from?

This is an out­let for me to be com­pletely hon­est. There’s noth­ing that I’m afraid to talk about, no topic I need to hide. With Tragedy, it was com­ing from a place of pure dark­ness. You’re Not You Any­more still has the dark­ness in there — the things I’m still go­ing through and over­com­ing as a 26-year-old — but with this one there are more pos­i­tives, so I don’t feel like it’s nec­es­sary for Coun­ter­parts to be this neg­a­tive, mis­er­able band. If peo­ple don’t like it, well, that’s my real life and I don’t know what to tell you.

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