Fans touched by new counterparts, sing about the singer’s cat, share their own stories

Fans of Canadian hardcore punk band Counterparties get big feelings from their new song about their frontman’s beloved cat. Brendan Murphy wrote “Whispers of Your Death” about Kuma’s (the cat) recent brush with death.

The track is on their upcoming seventh album A eulogy for those who are still here out in the autumn. Murphy’s took a rare break from his usual shitposting on Twitter to thank fans for their responses, and his account has been blowing up with fan reactions to the song and the unique accompanying video.

Murphy’s comments in a press release about the song yesterday (July 26) show how personal it was for him. “I feel like everyone who followed the band/me pre-pandemic knew this was coming but this song is about my cat Kuma. My ex and I rescued him just under 2 years ago and he is without a doubt the only reason I stuck around long enough to even make this record. Shortly after he was rescued we developed a special bond and now I can’t imagine my life without him. Unfortunately for the first few months, we had him he got very sick and almost died. due to complications from a blood parasite while he was FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) positive. no one believed he would make it… but thankfully he is still here with us and doing well at the moment. Being his father is without a doubt the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life and also the thing I’m most proud of. I love him more than anything in the world and this song is my kudos to him for literally giving me a reason to live.”

Fans praise Murphy for “Whispers of Your Death” and share stories of their own love for their pets.

The thrashing, soul-bleeding nature of “Whispers of Your Deaths” is in stark contrast to the simplistic video, which shows Kuma reclining on a comfortable chair near a speaker monitor in a classic cat-donut sleeping position. Check out the video below.

When musicians let their guard down and post touching stories about their animal companions, it always seems to get a big reaction from fans. When Axl Rose wrote about the death of his cat late last year, people came out of the woodwork to wish him luck.

The opponent’s new record A eulogy for those who are still here due on Oct. 7 via Pure Noise. You can pre-order the album (or pick up a Kuma is my bias T-shirt) here.

Be sure to check out the song and its lyrics below.

Glad you’re still with us, Kuma.

Counterparts Video for “Whispers of Your Death”

Counterparts “Whispers of Your Death” Lyrics [via Genius]

Begging from the floor
While staring into the eyes of hunger
Sacrifice myself to ensure your safety

I choked on the taste of tears
To both my eyes ran dry
Refuse to believe in false prophets
It claimed you would not survive

It’s hard to breathe without you sleeping on my chest
Sick and withering from the whispers of your death
Forever your savior, as much as you are mine
And for that I promise to protect you
Until the day I die

Clinging to the little you had brought
Until my nails scratched into the bone
Collapses in the arms of uncertainty
Knowing that I could never let you go

Tearing out what’s left of my insides
To spare you from your illness
I promise to protect you
Until the day I die

Make your cancer mine
Make your cancer mine

It’s hard to breathe without you sleeping on my chest
Sick and withering from the whispers of your death
Forever your savior, as much as you are mine
And for that I promise to protect you
Until the day I die

Make your cancer mine
Make your cancer mine

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