You know what makes me sad? The fact that some bands (cough BrokeNCYDE cough Millionaires cough) can get “famous” seemingly in a heartbeat, but bands that have honest talent, honest tact and honest taste are the last to get praised. Bands like L.A.-based Currents, who have just completed their self-titled EP.
In this EP, Currents prove themselves to be a multi-faceted band in terms of genre. In a lot of ways, the band has common traits with Emarosa, with their post-hardcore instrumentals stitched into pop-rock songs. However, “Chase the Sun” shows an alternative side to the post-hardcore, when the piano adds a simpler pop-rock sound. Switching sides once more in “Cause I’m a G,” they show a more dissonant introduction.
While this behavior can show a sort of inconsistency with what kind of band they have chosen to be, it also shows that they are able to expand their sound beyond the same genre, and keep the listener’s attention by changing things up every once in a while.
Lyrically genuine, the band is good at connecting with their audience; something that a lot of bands lack. Drummer Mike Thomas shows talent beyond basic pop beats, and lead guitarist John Alaimo adds all the more redeeming qualities. When it comes to vocals, Joe Sherman is at his best when he uses his growly tones, but there is hardly a flaw when he uses his more gentle side.
New to the music scene, Currents are already making footprints, and I would be surprised if they do not continue to do so. Based on the contents of this four-track EP, they definitely have the skill for what it takes.