Against The Current Returns To The Roxy To Leave Their Music “In Our Bones” [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: Against The Current @ The Roxy 12/04/16
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There was a lot of music that came out in 2016. In fact, there may have been too much … so much that you may have overlooked a gem here and there. Well, let me know throw another nugget of fantastic American pop rock in your direction: Against The Current.
Their debut album, “In Our Bones”, released by Fueled by Ramen, is a pop-punk album, emphasis on pop, whose tracks I’m surprised didn’t get more play on terrestrial radio. You’ll listen to the album and be surprised at how well put together the album is, with smart production and impressively powerful vocals, but what really sealed the deal with me and this band is how good they are live.
With anthemic choruses, and an energy that harkens back to early Paramore, this Against The Current played the intimate Roxy Theatre like a stadium venue. The band’s lead singer, Chrissy Costanza, a petite gal who can’t be more than 5′, packs performance punch with veteran stage presence. Her small body leaps and bounds across the entire stage, and her movements are large and dramatic like the music that plays behind her as she sings.
Normally a trio, Chrissy Costanza, Dan Gow and Will Ferri, the band is touring with an additional player to help fill out the live sound to give performance the same sonics as their album. Mission accomplished. The pace and momentum of the show never faltered, and the fans in the crowd was engaged every step of the way. Even when Chrissy and Dan slowed it down and sat on stools for a power ballad, the intensity and commitment to performance was expressed in the steady and emotive voice of Ms. Costanza.
If you’ve listened to the band’s recordings, and are on the fence about this band’s cred, all I can say is, “GO SEE THEM LIVE”. If you aren’t won over by the end of their set by the charisma, and the stadium worthy barrage of their sonics, then you’re just not a fan of that kind of music.
The continue their touring in support of the debut album in 2017, inclding dates in Europe and opening State Champs across the U.S.
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Derrick K. Lee is a music attorney, blogger, concert photographer and co-owner of Blurred Culture. He goes to a lot of shows and sometimes he writes good. Music is his boo.
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