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Singled Out: Counterparts' Witness

07/09/2013
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Today Counterparts frontman Brendan Murphy tells us about their brand new single "Witness" which was released today and comes from their brand new album "The Difference Between Hell and Home" (out July 23rd). Here is the story:

I wrote the lyrics to Witness in the studio. I remember the demo being called something like Fefeater, a hybrid of the word Fefe and Defeater. I don't know if "Fefe" was being used to describe the Fefe Dobson, or one of the other hilarious things you can find about it on Urban Dictionary, but either way, it became "Witness" (thankfully) because of the line "I am my own false witness." The meaning behind the song is extremely personal to me, and I don't want to delve too deeply into it for fear of my friends and family having me committed, but I won't leave anyone in the dark completely haha. The song is about how you go through life, and nothing feels right, but you can't quite put your finger on it. It gets so bad where you almost wish you had something to blame it on. Whether it be some sort of illness (mental or physical) or anything that would give you a reason to feel miserable all the time. I still haven't found mine. No one likes to admit that they are the problem, but if you're like me you've spent 22 years trying to figure out what's wrong with you and you've been constantly left in the dark, the idea starts to creep in.

I wrote the lyrics and when I recorded the vocals, it was the first time anyone had heard the song completely finished. At that point, we knew that we wanted it to be the single. It's got everything that Counterparts kids are used to, and a bit more to kind of draw in the people who are on the fence about the band. Max did a great job with the video, taking the words I wrote and creating a story to go along with it. I hope everyone likes this song as much as we do.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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