Album Review: Counterpunch – Bruises

Counterpunch is a punk rock band from Chicago, USA, signed to iconic record label Cyber Tracks which was famously founded by El Hefe (NOFX) and his wife Jen Abeyta. Forming in 2004, the line up currently consists of Eric Hausser, Jared Rohde, Jim Margle (We Are The Union) and Brian Phee (Break The Silence). Over the years, Counterpunch has shared stages with much loved and well-respected bands like The Vandals, Strung Out, Alkaline Trio and Rise Against to name a few. With their latest offering Bruises, Counterpunch is looking to join the acclaimed and established ranks of their peers.
Bruises features 11 blistering tracks of hardcore energy, standout tracks “Destroyed By Lions”, “Guardrails”, “Bruises” and “Heartstrings” are instant punk classics. There’s a huge influence of NOFX throughout the album with fast catchy guitar riffs coupled with upbeat pounding drums driving the tracks. Hausser’s voice and lyrics amplify the spirit, boosted with well-timed backing vocals that lead into excellent breakdowns. The album really has a nice flow to it, never getting boring at any point and always leaves you wanting more.
If you’re into bands like Bad Religion, Pennywise, Alkaline Trio and NOFX then you’re going to dig Bruises. Growing up with these bands, the album feels familiar straight away and they’re not trying to be anything other than just straight-up melodic punk rock. Bruises is an exciting album and pave the way for many more to come.
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Richard Neil

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