“Paradise And Plague” is the third single from COUNTERPARTS forthcoming record, “Nothing Left To Love”. The album muses on many of the topics vocalist Brendan Murphy has in the past: life’s darkness, self-destructive tendencies and the self-flagellation they beget.
Produced by Will Putney (Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain), “Nothing Left To Love” shows the band moving their uniquely captivating sound forward without losing the musical DNA that broke them back in the early 2010s. It’s a musical tour through the band’s history, as more melodic elements sharply swerve into caustic breakdowns reminiscent of their debut album, 2010’s “Prophets”.
This time around, the singer is writing not just about the end result but also the because, willing to shoulder some of the blame more than he ever has in the past. It’s easy to point the finger at others for the harm they’ve caused us; it’s far harder to accept that the root might lie at the opposite end of that hand. “My perspective [on what happened in my life] has changed so much, even in just a few years” Brenand Murphy says. “It’s a terrible spot to be in, but some of my best material creatively came from me just being willing to admit things out loud”.
“Paradise and Plague” lyrics
Warn only those who choose to hear a disappearing trail of death. So spare me your sentiments and accept me as I am. Salvation reaches out through familiar screams, begging me to stay. Reserve your mourning for the dead who wish they had but one day left. No need to waste your grief on me, I’m with you now. Will the ones I love forgive me for leaving too soon? Caught in the space between paradise and plague, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than with you. Warn only those who choose to hear a disappearing trail of death. Abandon the hope you had and accept me as I am. No one could save me, I was born inside my grave.