‘Together We Are Stronger’ isn’t just a title: it’s a promise.
Label: Xtra Mile
Released: 17th March 2017
It’s not the machine Counterfeit are raging against, it’s the world. From the snarling opening of ‘Washed Out’, the band have got a skeletons worth of bones to pick with expectations.
With a lot to prove and even more to push back against, there’s no Hollywood shine on ‘Together We Are Stronger’ as the band, dirt under the nails, launch themselves into a landscape of blood, guts and heart. In your face, savage but full of soul, Counterfeit are a band you wouldn’t want to stand in the way off. Years on the road have united them with a singular purpose and that much determination is dangerous.
There’s more to their anger than simple rage though, and it’s there in the title. “We stand up for everyone,” the band declare on ‘As Yet Untitled’. “Let us live, let us love,” cries ‘Enough’. “Let us show you enough is enough,” they promise, frustrated and desperate for change. Together We Are Stronger.
Pulling from various threads and cutting to the bone, the band’s debut comes complete with an almost overwhelming sense of unease but Counterfeit are pulling together and staying strong. Screaming it out and simply not standing for the way of the world anymore, Counterfeit’s rage is considered. It would be all too easy to turn away and burn it down but the band have a conscience and their heart, and those feelings, are king. ‘Together We Are Stronger’ isn’t just a title: it’s a promise. It’s a reassuring hand in hand. It’s a powerful message of community as they tear walls down and raise spirits up. Ali Shutler