INTERVIEW: Counterfeit Culture

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Apothecary”?

Apothecary is about pretending to be something you’re not. This is why we chose the topic of domestic violence for the music video. The girl is clearly in a terrible place, but still she sticks through it and pretends to be happy, while on the inside she isn’t. Many domestic violence victims go unheard, so we wanted to help change that.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Every song is always sparked from somewhere. This song must have had some type of inspiration, but nothing comes to mind at the moment.

Any plans to release a music video for the single?

Yes, it should be out this month.

The single comes off your new album Deathwish – what’s the story behind the title?

Basically, Deathwish is just how all the things we talk about can get to you. If you’re suffering from drug addiction or domestic violence, or you aren’t allowed to be who you truly want to be, that can have a very negative affect on your conscience. Hence why we chose Deathwish to be the EP title.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process is a lot of fun, bouncing new ideas off of each other over the phone and at practice. Recording for us is one of if not the best time of the year. We love going to Ricky’s studio and being there working on the songs, and really sculpting them into something we’re all proud of.

What was it like to work with Armellino and how did that relationship develop?

We came into contact with Ricky through some good friends of ours. We went out for a week that summer and spent 10-12 hours a day just bonding and recording the songs. After nearly three years of knowing him now, we’re all just on the same page and the creativity really flows between us.

How much did he influence the album?

Ricky always has a good influence on anything we do. We ask his advice when we’re unsure, and it’s nearly always the best thing to do. When we’re lost on a melody or a riff, he gives us his input and generally comes out with something incredible.

What aspect of our society did you get to explore on this record?

Since it’s only three songs, we could only cover so much ground. We decided to go with the horrors of drug abuse, domestic violence, and being told you aren’t allowed to be yourself and eventually overcoming that.

Any plans to hit the road?

As soon as we can get out there, we will be.

What else is happening next in Counterfeit Culture’s world?

We have so many cool things coming out this summer that we can’t wait to share with everyone. We’ve been working hard, so there will be plenty to look forward to over the next few years.

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