'Stranger Things' Vecna Actor Once Fronted a Post-Hardcore Band | Revolver

'Stranger Things' Vecna Actor Once Fronted a Post-Hardcore Band

Jamie Campbell-Bower sang and played guitar in U.K. punk band Counterfeit
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The roots between heavy music and Stranger Things season four continue to get even deeper. We already knew that Joe Quinn, who plays the Dio backpatch-wearing, B.C. Rich Warlock-shredding teenage hesher Eddie Munson, listened to "a lot of heavy metal" to get into his role. And we also knew that Jamie Campbell-Bower, who played the season's big bad Vecna, listened to extreme-metal like Darkthrone, Mayhem and Sunn 0))) to get the dark and evil juices flowing. 

As it turns out, Campbell-Bower's great taste wasn't a fluke — the dude is an accomplished musician who fronted a fairly notable U.K. post-hardcore band called Counterfeit from 2015 to 2020.

As the Pit points out, Campbell-Bower is listed under the now-defunct band's Wikipedia page as their lead vocalist and guitarist, and a quick scan of their music videos reveals that yep, that is indeed him screaming and shredding front and center. Clearly, the guy is a talented actor who's had parts in high-profile films like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, but if he wanted to, he absolutely could've had a majorly successful career in music. 

Counterfeit were only around for a few years, but in that time they released one studio full-length, 2017's Together We Are Stronger, and three EP's between 2015 and 2016. They were even nominated for "Best British Newcomer" at the Kerrang! awards in 2017, and they won "Best Live Act" at Britain's AIM Independent Music Awards that same year.

Check out a few songs from throughout their catalog below. They rip pretty damn hard!