Canada’s Counterparts were touring our shores a few months back, since they were here, they have released their new album ‘Difference Between Hell & Home‘ through Victory Records. To find out a little more about it, we once again caught up with Brendan from the band who took the time to answer our On The Record questions this week. Expand this post to take a read of his answers. You can grab a copy of the album online now [Here].
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Tell us about the release title.
The album title is taken from the line at the end of “Compass”. The sentence basically means that as of now, I have found the one thing that separates my life from being a living hell. I guess that it’s possible for anyone to do the same, you just have to look for it.
Tell us about the artwork.
My girlfriend took all the photos in the album art, and I put everything together… but as for the meaning, that’s a secret. Shh.
What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
CD and Vinyl. Usual stuff.
Who will it be released through, and when?
It is available now, through Victory Records.
Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
We went with Will Putney at the Machine Shop in NJ. We went with him because on top of having a bunch of friends that have recorded there, we’ve heard great things, and I mean, the quality of the recordings that come out of there are incredible. I feel like it was a smart move going with Will.
Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
Somewhat. We always have a pretty good idea of what we’re trying to pull off before we do it. This record was definitely more premeditated than the others. A lot of the songs were finished before we even stepped foot in a studio. I feel like that’s how things SHOULD be.
Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
Nah, just the same old Mr. Kill Yourself music.
Were there any albums you were referencing to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
I remember we were all fond of the production Will got on Reign Supreme’s record. That was a pretty good reference. A nice mix between that raw hardcore sound and high quality production. It doesn’t sound too fake, which is nice.
How long did you spend in the studio recording?
About a month. Maybe a few days short.
Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
Pretty standard haha. Nothing crazy. We slept in the studio, woke up and started recording.
Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
The only difference was the amount of time we spent in there. Usually we go in and try and bang it out in a few weeks, but not this time haha.
Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
Nope, just ya boyz.
Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
Nope, just standard stuff. Maybe a few different pedals and effects, but nothing I can really remember.
Any memorable studio moments?
We went to New York City a lot, which was cool. You can pay $2.25 and take a train there from New Jersey, so that was fun. Spend my birthday / record store day hanging out with friends and buying records. One day we woke up and the pre-pro room was leaking very badly, that was a rough morning.
Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
Playing “Slave” is always fun. I think “Compass” will go over well with people as well. But you never know.
How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
Definitely cooler than the others. I feel like with this record we were confident enough to make the record that we’ve been trying to make for the 6 years we’ve been a band. I’m very proud of it.
Anything else you want to say or about the release?
Please make sure you download it illegally and then paste our logo over a picture of mountains on Tumblr. That is literally the #1 way to support a band. Hurry. Go now.
COUNTERPARTS – ‘Difference Between Hell & Home‘
Available now on Victory Records.
Grab a copy locally [Here].