Chicago’s melodic punk rock darlings Counterpunch return with a new single. Delivering a patented blend of potent harmonies, the first single ‘Waiting in the Wings’ showcases exactly what they do best, ushering in a new era for the punk rock stalwarts.
“Waiting in the Wings” is a political statement to the people in the U.S.: “The song at it’s core is about speaking truth to power and having strength in numbers with your fellow man, not backing down when a moreal compass is not headed in the right direction”, states Counterpunch’s singer Eric Hausser.
Counterpunch is a four piece powerhouse that has been bringing their own catchy brand of melodic punk rock since 2004.
Following the release of their self-titled debut in 2004 under their own imprint Punch-It Records (alternatively titled ‘An Idiot’s Guide to Being an Asshole’ under Radtone Records in Japan) the band began their journey into both the US and international markets. Touring both domestically and abroad brought them opportunities to play alongside Rise Against, Strung Out, and Pennywise amongst other stalwarts in the genre.
2011 saw the band release their second LP, titled ‘An Idiot’s Guide to Being an World’ (alternatively titled ‘Heroes and Ghosts’ under several international labels) with Go Kart Records. Multiple European tours and festival stops later, the band was ready to step into the studio with Matt Allison to record 2014’s ‘Bruises’.
Released in 2014 by Cyber Tracks Records, this release saw the bands most extensive touring regimen to date. Hitting the road alongside the likes of Face to Face, Strung Out, NOFX, The Living End, Good Riddance and more brought them in front of their largest audiences to date.
In 2019, the band stepped into Black in Bluhm studios in Denver to record their 4th LP just before COVID shut down the world. In light of facing a new normal the band hit the pause button on releasing their latest full length effort, deciding instead to put out a 7″ record with a few of the B Side tracks from the Black in Bluhm sessions titled “Handbook for the Recently Debriefed”. Teaming up with Thousand Island Records and SBAM Records to bring the world a snapshot of the new era of Counterpunch.
Their newest LP will be released later in 2022 both from Thousand Islands Records and SBAM once again. The album was produced by Chris Fogal and the band itself.