Against the Current is a three-piece from Poughkeepsie, New York who have seemingly sprung out of nowhere. It’s been a decent couple of years for the band, who opened arenas across the UK earlier in the year for All Time Low and Good Charlotte – a huge feat for a band who started out simply creating covers on YouTube with the likes of Alex Goot and Max Schneider. Now, joined by supporting act As It Is, they have enough of a following to storm their way back onto our shows with their very first UK headlining tour.
As It Is come bounding out to ‘Cheap Shots & Setbacks’, displaying their new outfits for the new direction the band is heading in. The current artwork surrounding the upcoming album ‘okay’ has a slight 1930’s aesthetic to it and their outfits reflect that entirely. Patty Walters, the lone American in a band among British natives, started to compare the venue as to that of the swamp in the Shrek movies. The joke about the heat falls short among most fans but he wasn’t wrong about the humidity inside Stylus. Even though they are just supporting, their fans have turned out in force, which is clearly evident during ‘Dial Tones’ causing a monstrous uproar right before the main act takes to the stage.
Animated Against The Current frontwoman Chrissy Costanza is the epitome of dynamic, bounding across the stage fueled with fire. ‘Talk’ embodies the spirit of Against The Current, fast paced pop with that a certain edginess that gives them a bit more bite than other bands in the same genre.
Before the release of their first album ‘In Our Bones’ the group barely had enough songs to fill out an entire headline set. This is the first time Chrissy recalls that they’ve had too many songs for a setlist and the realisation hit that not every song on the album is going to make it into the set, to the dismay of the crowd. So they keep trudging on, squeezing as much as they can into the time they have left.
Their cover My Chemical Romance of ‘Teenagers’ will never hit the heights of the original but the screaming audience is a good judge as any, forcefully bringing people back into their ‘emo’ years in an instant, this is shortly followed by a small acoustic set giving the fans a full musical sphere of an experience. ‘Young And Relentless’ holds a special meaning as Chrissy explains they wrote the song based on what they’ve “experienced in the past two years on the road”. After signing to Fueled By Ramen they mentioned seeing bands change and becoming less genuine, But don’t expect them to change anytime soon, this is only their first album cycle and they are already pouring out pop goodness to sizeable audiences and they won’t change that for the world.