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Counting Days are on a mission to make amends and kick some ass

We meet the liberated sons formed from the ashes of some of the UK’s most promising nearly-bands

For every band you read about in these pages, there are countless more who strive valiantly for greatness, but fall short of reaching their potential. Even many who do get this far can’t get beyond the glass ceiling, hitting the British touring circuit and releasing new music relentlessly, yet never finding that elusive quality to help them shake the undesirable tag of ‘nearly-men’.

London’s Counting Days know all about this. They’re made up of ex-members of rap metal rabble-rousers TRC (guitarist Charlie Wilson and drummer Lasselle Lewis), post-hardcore mobs Heights (vocalist Thomas Debaere) and Last Witness (guitarist Bobby Daniels), and hardcore crew Rough Hands (bassist Alex Dench). While all these bands had their plaudits and fans, it was never enough to reflect their sacrifices and effort, or to truly elevate them. With the help of snarling debut album Liberated Sounds, however, Counting Days are aiming to go at least one better than their previous incarnations.

“I can see where the perception of us being in ‘nearly’ bands has come from,” admits frontman Thomas, before determinedly adding, “we want to take this band to the next level – to play arenas and play the world.”

Despite still being in their infancy, some of metal’s most legendary names have already thrown their weight and expertise behind the quintet, which began life as a few friends throwing ideas around and creating a side-project.

“Charlie, Lasselle and I met each other on tour and always tossed ideas around about side-projects. Then it finally came together when we wrote a couple of songs,” explains Thomas of Counting Days’ humble origins. “Those guys were still in TRC, so it was still a side-project. Then we played a few shows, and we brought in Bobby and Alex. Charlie and Lasselle decided this was the main direction they wanted to go in, and it’s been their main band for a year now. We signed a record deal, recorded an album and here we are!”

They’re fairly unremarkable origins, we’ll admit, but the full story isn’t quite as ramshackle as the singer makes out. Liberated Sounds was produced by the legendary Fredrik Nordström, who has helmed classics from Swedish metallic royalty like At the Gates, Arch Enemy, Opeth and In Flames. Though Fredrik had already worked with more established British luminaries Bring Me The Horizon and Architects, Thomas admits it was a coup enlisting the producer to take a punt on the debut effort of a motley collective with their roots in hardcore – and fewer than a dozen shows to their name. 

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