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The Counselors

December 26, 2011

The Counselors

Fifteen-year veterans of the Canadian indie-rock scene, The Counselors combine distorted guitars and catchy melodies to produce songs that are pure alt-rock gold.

In 2008, the Counselors released their third album, “In From The Archive”. The album opened new horizons for the group, getting airplay on 75 independent radio stations around the world. In June 2008, the song “Any Other Place” reached No. 3 among 947 songs on, a site that promotes emerging pop artists. Three months later, the song “Sometimes” finished No. 12 of over 500 songs on the same site in the indie pop category.

In 2009, after several years in Halifax and Montreal, The Counselors resettled in Quebec and new members have joined the training. The current lineup includes founder Sebastien Theriault on vocals and guitar, Louis Martineau on lead guitar, Pier-Olivier Boivin on bass, Steve Gendron on drums, and co-founder Héléna Van Bockern on backing vocals and keyboards.

The “Brooklyn Sessions” EP is The Counselors’ latest release. The five songs were recorded in August 2010 at Newkirk Studios in Brooklyn.  The release of “Brooklyn Sessions” capped a busy year for The Counselors, who took the stage in Quebec City (the Imperial, the Sheaf, the Circle) and New York (Pianos).

1. What is your hometown?

Quebec City

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

The Swamp Thing!

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Liam Neeson

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

The Statue of Liberty. The lyrics of Matthew Caws and Jaz Coleman.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I’m not reading any books at the moment but I would recommend everybody to inform themselves about social issues, politics and the environment

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Killing Joke – Absolute Dissent

Filter – Anthems For The Damned

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

“The Pursuit of Happiness”

8. Cat person or dog person?


9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

The Truth, definitely

10. How do you define sin?

Play a role or pretend you’re someone else

11. How do you define virtue?

The capacity of letting go when it’s time to let go

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

Simple headstone. Nothing fancy. A Cross with my name on it. DOB date of death. Date of resurrection (maybe)

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Matthew Caws (Nada Surf singer)



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