The 2010’s have been producing seriously awesome female-fronted pop rock bands lately (We Are The In Crowd, Icon For Hire, Echosmith) and it’s the absolute perfect timing for Poughkeepsie, NY natives Against The Current to break out. They’ve taken the past year by storm after touring with well-known names such as The Ready Set and Metro Station, and are prepping to co-headline the Glamour Kills Spring Break Tour with Set It Off and perform the coveted South-By-So-What showcase. Their debut EP Gravity has even gotten them noticed (and signed) by Fueled By Ramen. I have a feeling that this is only the beginning for Against The Current.
Gravity has more than it’s fair share of power anthems. Its title track and first released single is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping breakup track with energetic drums and guitars that complement frontwoman Chrissy Costanza‘s soaring vocal range. Listeners can’t help but want to scream out “can you save me now?/you were my gravity” alongside her as she attempts to pull herself out of a rut caused by an ending relationship, rediscovering who she was before this person entered her life.
Follow-up single “Talk” is sassy, in-your-face, and brutally honest about the current state of the young adult (and even teenage) dating scene in a No Doubt (music) meets Hey Monday (vocals) kind of way. It’s singsongy, totally relevant, and inspires the listener to want to bring up the big question of “why don’t we just call it what it is?”
Constanza plays the angsty ‘woman scorned’ role in “Paralyzed” and “Fireproof.” The former is a Flyleaf-esque continuation of “Gravity” where she showcases both vulnerability, yet strength to fight her angry demons, while the latter is a big ‘screw you heartbreaker’ song for anyone feeling that they were played for a fool.
Of course, Gravity can’t be filled with ONLY upbeat tracks, so “Dreaming Alone” and “Brighter” were included to balance out the prominent angst oozing out from each lyric belted out by Constanza. The ballad-y duet “Dreaming Alone (feat. Taka)” has a familiar quality to We The Kings and Demi Lovato‘s “We’ll Be A Dream”, but mainly focuses on the realization that the person who’s ultimately right for you has been by your side the entire time.
The powerful and beautifully articulated ending track “Brighter” incorporates elegant strings and piano to bring to life an uplifting track of accepting that “sometimes you’ve got to risk it all to chase your dream” and that you “don’t need a reason/to set the world on fire/and burn a little bit brighter.”
Am I surprised Against The Current was signed to Fueled By Ramen? Absolutely not! They’ve got all of the star quality to become the next Paramore, and while that’s a HUGE comparison, it probably played a factor in getting a record label. Gravity is an exceptional example of how they not only produce in-your-face singles that make you want to belt out the lyrics, but also deeply positive tracks that can appeal to all audiences. All in all, their tracks dance around some form of breaking free of someone or something holding them back, and that’s extremely important for audiences.