It’s not every day that a tour package is able to pair up two of North America’s most crushing and sonically charged heavy outfits of the modern era, yet here we are, announcing an Australia co-headline run for Canada’s Counterparts and feisty New Yorkers Stray From The Path!
After 2015’s Tragedy Will Find Us smashed its way into the Billboard Top 200, Counterparts very quickly found themselves growing in stature. No longer one of a hundred hardworking but ‘not quite there’ acts, the Ontario-based group racked up an impressive two million Spotify streams for the record’s white hot trio of singles – “Burn,” “Solace” and “Stranger” – while immersing themselves in yet another whirlwind of a touring cycle.
Once again teaming up with mega producer Will Putney (TheAmityAffliction, ThyArtIsMurder), Counterparts have truly outdone themselves with their second release under the Pure Noise banner, You’re Not You Anymore. As heavy as anything the band has done to date, Counterpart’s fifth album benefits from a new found sense of collaboration, experimentation and adventure, with lead cut “Bouquet” boasting one of the most anthemic chorus refrains of 2017.
New York’s fieriest, hip-hop-referencing metalheads, Stray From The Path, are no strangers to Australian shores, having previously wowed audiences in both a supporting and headline capacity.
As unrelenting and in your face as ever, Stray From The Path dropped their eighth studio effort in September of last year, the scathing Only Death Is Real.
Boldly dropping “The House Always Wins” on the same date as the 2016 US Presidential Election, the quartet backed it up with “Goodnight Alt-Right,” where their signature, razor-sharp sound was paired with one of the most violent, confronting and politically-relevant videos of the year. In fact, the clip’s raging imagery and biting lyrics managed to earn widespread from criticism from a number of alt-right groups throughout their native US, criticism that Stray From The Path tackled head on.
Counterparts + Stray From The Path
Australian Tour 2018
FRIDAY 13 APRIL: AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH (18+)
Tickets available via www.oztix.com.au Supported By Ratking & Worlds Apart
SATURDAY 14 APRIL: CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE (18+)
Tickets available via www.cornerhotel.com Supported By Ocean Sleeper & Pridelands
SUNDAY 15 APRIL: PHOENIX YOUTH CENTRE, MELBOURNE (All Ages)
Tickets available via www.oztix.com.au Supported By Dregg & Broken
MONDAY 16 APRIL: FOWLERS LIVE, ADELAIDE (Licensed All Ages)
Tickets available via www.oztix.com.au Supported By Reactions & 23/19
WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL: FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY (Licensed All Ages)
Tickets available via www.factorytheatre.com.au Supported By Stepson & Diamond Construct
THURSDAY 19 APRIL: SMALL BALLROOM, NEWCASTLE (18+)
Tickets available via www.oztix.com.au Supported By Lifes Ill & Below Oceans
FRIDAY 20 APRIL: WOOLLY MAMMOTH, BRISBANE (18+)
Tickets available via www.moshtix.com.au Supported By Deadlights & Vitals