Canadian hardcore outfit Counterparts are heading to the UK later this month for a co-headline tour with soon-to-be-no-more Wisconsin band, Expire. It’s going to be a trip and a half, and they’re bringing a couple of their Pure Noise Records label mates along for the ride.
“We all love Knocked Loose,” explains Counterparts frontman Brendan Murphy. “I love them like my little brothers… because they’re the same age as my little brother,” he laughs. “They’re one of the best heavy bands in music right now.”
Along with Knocked Loose, they’ll be joined by an act who’s a little closer to home for us Brits, Somerset’s Landscapes. “We toured with Counterparts a few years back and hit it off with them so well,” says vocalist Shaun Milton.
“I’m stoked to be out with Expire although sad that this will be their final European run,” he adds. “But as one door closes another one opens, so with it being Knocked Loose’s first European tour I think it’s gonna be pretty lit!”
“We first met Expire in Japan,” continues Brendan. “At the Tokyo airport. Over the next couple days we played a few shows together, and did a lot of tourist stuff as it was their first time in Japan as well.
“Over the years we came to tour with them all over the world and they quickly became our boys. I’ve loved that band from the first time I heard them and I’m stoked to not only call them friends, but to be helping send Expire off after [new album] ’With Regret’.
“I can’t wait to be on a bus with those freaks.”
For both Counterparts and Knocked Loose, they’re excited to explore new places, and connect with new fans. “I’m very much looking forward to London and Glasgow,” says Knocked Loose vocalist Bryan Garris. “Honestly I’m looking forward to everything.
“I don’t know much about the places we’re going to other than the typical history that everyone knows, so I’m just thrilled to be in a new environment with people who have done it several times so that they can show us around.
“The whole experience is exciting, something I never thought I’d be able to do.”
“I love the UK and for some reason people over there love Counterparts so it’s a no brainer,” adds Brendan. “Some of the best shows we’ve ever played have been in the UK.”
“If you’re on the fence about buying a ticket, I’d have to say at least see it for yourself,” finishes Bryan. “In my personal opinion I think that our music translates way better live, it’s a lot easier to get the point across through all the adrenaline and excitement of a live show.
“And plus, this will be Expire’s last time in Europe. Can’t miss that.”
What are you all up to after the tour?
Bryan, Knocked Loose: “Can’t give away too much, but we have no intentions on slowing down. You will see us in 2017.”
Shaun, Landscapes: “We’re writing again at the moment so it will more than likely be focusing on completing a new record.”
Brendan, Counterparts: “After this run we’re going home for Christmas, then immediately heading to Australia in 2017 with Every Time I Die and Letlive. Not a bad way to start a year if you ask me.”
Taken from the November issue of Upset, out now – order your copy here. Catch Counterparts, Expire, Knocked Loose and Landscapes on tour:
29 Talking Heads, Southampton
30 The Hub, Plymouth
01 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
02 Cathouse, Glasgow
03 Sound Control, Manchester
04 The Parish, Huddersfield
05 Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
06 Underworld, London