The Counselors story begins with Sebastien Theriault and Helena Van Bockern
in the mid-90’s. They released their first EP titled My Own Utopia in 1996 via
sorry music, an independent label managed by the members of the band, in which they show their distinctive talent for catchy vocals and heavy guitars.
The EP received substantial airplay on College radio,
both in their hometown in Quebec province, and across Canada.
In November 2001, The Counselors went back into the studio to record their first new music in nearly four years, a single entitled, “Someone Right Above You”. During the months following the release of the record, the song reached #1 at several commercial Modern Rock radio stations in Canada, in addition to receiving extensive airplay at U.S. College radio.
From 2002 until mid-2007, Sebastien secluded himself from the music industry but never stopped writing songs and playing shows every now and then.
While living in different places in Canada and traveling in and around other countries, Sebastien began to write the songs with Helena that would later constitute their debut full-length album, In From The Archive, released in 2008.
in 2009, after several years of being based in Halifax and Montréal,
the counselors resettled in Québec City and several new members joined the band.
Helena, being the mother of a young child, chose to play a less active role in the band but still collaborates with Sebastien on the songwriting. Nicolas Houde, a long-time friend who had followed the band since the first EP is now playing bass. Alex Morin also joined the band on drums, and Sebastien met singer/songwriter Rémi Lortie at a late-night jam session in Quebec City,
and he is now playing lead guitar.
Collectively, they make up the current lineup of The Counselors.
In August of 2010, The Counselors went to Newkirk Studios in Brooklyn, and recorded a new EP entitled Brooklyn Sessions
which features the first single and video “New York City”.