Against The Current
About Against The Current
Pop-leaning rock trio Against the Current debuted in the 2010s with a series of pop-punk EPs similar to early Paramore before evolving to incorporate polished synth production similar to MisterWives and Chvrches on the proper full-lengths In Our Bones (2016) and Past Lives (2018). Three years later the band returned with the punchy EP Fever.
Formed in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2011, Against the Current were founded by singer Chrissy Costanza, guitarist/singer Dan Gow, and drummer Will Ferri. They initially built up a large following on YouTube covering songs like Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time" and Kelly Clarkson's "Catch My Breath." Powered by catchy, upbeat melodies and Costanza's strong voice, Against the Current's initial sound fell more on the pop side of the pop-punk spectrum, apparent on early single "Closer, Faster," which appeared on their debut EP, Infinity, in 2014.
After an all-acoustic EP, they delivered their third short set, Gravity, in 2015 and caught the attention of respected indie Fueled by Ramen Records. With a new label deal in place, they began issuing singles in early 2016 in anticipation of their full-length debut, In Our Bones, which arrived in May of that year. The effort peaked at number two on the U.K. rock chart and the U.S. Heatseekers list. Against the Current returned in 2018 with a handful of singles from their sophomore LP, Past Lives. Much like major influence Paramore, the trio made a shift toward the pop spectrum with the beat-driven synth singles "Voices" and "Almost Forgot." 2021 saw the band issued the EP Fever, which included the singles "That Won't Save Us" and "Weapon." ~ Timothy Monger & Neil Z. Yeung