By Natalie Greener
I’m an indie girl when it comes to live music. It’s not often I get exposed to the culture and lifestyle of the large sum of alternative rockers based here in this diverse city. Nottingham has such a broad variation of fashion and music, it’s hard not to find something in (and out) of your comfort zone. And, like in my case, be pleasantly surprised. Counterparts are a Canadian hardcore punk band who blessed our local venue, Rescue Rooms, back in the November of 2017. Formed in 2007, the band have reached new heights as they target a large fanbase here in the UK. The band consists of vocalist Brendan Murphy, guitarists Adrian Lee and Blake Hardman, bassist Tyler Williams and drummer Kyle Brownlee.
The idiosyncratic talents of the screamo taste is quite like Marmite – you either like it or you hate it. I liked it. Supporting these Canadian prospects was Polar who serenaded the Rescue Rooms crowd with some classic hardcore punk. To be honest, these guys gave the headliner a run for their money as the crowd fleeted in. Napoleon were also filling a support slot on Counterparts’ European tour and for these guys, I whipped out my phone to do some immediate research. Straight away, I added their song ‘Different Skin’ to my spotify playlist. The metalcore goes quite nicely alongside The Cure and Pulp.
Counterparts came onstage with a hefty twelve song setlist just before nine. Being one of those annoying metalheads who cherry pick the screamo/deathcore/metalcore songs I want to listen to, While She Sleeps have been one of the most listened to artists of mine over the last few years. Thankfully, because of this, I was partially in my comfort zone for the Counterparts gig. This was down to their sound mirroring their English cousins. One of my favourite things about the genre is that the iconic riffs make you feel something. They hit you in the heart and after, you’re shook. Sometimes you can feel anger yet can also feel pain – or empowerment. Counterparts did this to me and it reflected the thing about metal that I love so much. The passion and the message behind such tunes is something people rarely feel in the present music climate. Dipping my toe back into this scene really opened my eyes. Counterparts and their fans seem to know exactly who they are and what they stand for – more than most young people today. I think my long gone metal head is slowly resurfacing… and I’m kind of happy about it.
Images by Izzie Berkeley-Shier