Still (Vol. II)

April 9th, 2014



The new EP in the Still series. Much heavier than the first EP, Still (Vol. II) features swooning melodies and guitars atop distant drums and soundscapes.


“Allen once again proves that not all music labeled as “experimental” is an incoherent jumbling of unpleasant sounds for the listener to “somehow” be inspired by. It may be that Allen’s craft follows no wholly specific formula, but the music of Counterfeit i is still that: music. Raw, emotion-driven, atmospheric, dreamscape-esque music made for the heart and the soul to behold like no other.”

Still (Volume I)

April 9, 2013


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Still (Vol. I) is the first EP of a new series by experimental rock band Counterfeit I. Still features bittersweet hooks, dense sonic landscapes, and heavy guitars that create a mesmerizing journey for the listener, bringing them from melancholic lows to joyful and powerful highs. The 5 songs contain ventures into electronic experiments and glossolalia, creating new textures for the band and fans alike.

“Sink into some cool experimental live electronica. Creating a pulsating blend of ambient, psychedelic and rock, the Chicago-based group’s music finely flows together in each of the five songs. The dreamlike “One Point Five” entrances with haunting guitars, directly blending into “Limb” and somber tones. This part one of the Still EP series then explodes with a punch on “Sahel” as Counterfeit i delves into some Trent Reznor territory—with a bit of grunge. Packing multiple levels of intrigue, if this is only the first part of a series, here’s hoping the next offering is just as rewarding and finely crafted. ★★★★☆” – Deanna Rilling, Vegas Seven




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“Very experimental program-sounding beats mixed with single guitar-string melodies. Imagine NIN and Deftones being tossed in a blender.” – HM Magazine

“It is vital to stress out the honest attitude of Derek Allen, who is rightfully not scared to show what goes on in his creative mind and has the balls to show it without fear of being mocked or badly criticized.” –

“Thoughtful, electronic-fused rock is the dominant sound on Counterfeit I’s full-length debut, Circuitry. This Wheaton-based act, led by Derek Allen, can certainly grind out the angsty, rugged rock heard on “The Age Of Machines,” but isn’t afraid to get a little ghostly with synths and other electronic elements on highlights like “Perfume Trigger.” It’s at these moments where CI gets experimental without losing focus.” – Illinois Entertainer

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“…experimental and dark take on a sound what I can describe as a minimalist Depeche Mode. Counterfeit i guides the listener through thoughtful and philosophical lyrics of being lost, trust and realization through soft lingering vocals combined with haunting piano pieces, electronic melodies and intelligent guitar riffs.” –

“…blends together many styles wonderfully, with an eclectic ethereal energy throughout.” –


A Glimpse, an Eclipse

2012 Bit Riot Records

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“If One Minute Silence and Throbbing Gristle had a love child it would be Counterfeit I. Their sophomore album “A Glimpse, An Eclipse” stomps on the line between experimental and noise. With its 10 tracks of raw ambient noise, you will be taken from brief introspective moments of peace, to terrorizing moments that feel like someone is dragging a live wire across your eardrums.” – Kane Danger, Industrial Music Examiner

“Counterfeit i makes a half-hour trip through their dystopian minds worthwhile through skillful instrumentation, brutal grinding guitar-work, wispy synths and a true taste for experimentation.” –

© 2012 Counterfeit i