LIVE REVIEW: Against The Current @ O2 Ritz, Manchester (23/09/2018)

Credit: Emma Stone

Date: September 23rd 2018
Venue: O2 Ritz, Manchester
Support: The Faim


Initially starting their career in the world of music in the form of a simple YouTube covers band, Poughkeepsie’s Against The Current have come quite a long way since their humble beginnings, currently amidst a headline tour of the UK in the run up to dropping their second album, ‘Past Lives’.

The tour’s opening act have sped their way into mainstream attention pretty quickly. Infact, Australian outfit The Faim [7] recently managed to have one of their songs (albeit a Blondie cover) used to soundtrack a Coca-Cola advert – one of the biggest corporations in the world – and they have less than ten songs to their name at this stage.

Well, it’s pretty obvious why they’ve sky-rocketed so promptly. Cuts like ‘My Heart Needs To Breathe’ and ‘Saints Of The Sinners’ sound absolutely humongous. Infact, it’s bold but accurate to say that they’re already putting out songs far bigger than the stages they’re currently being played on.

Now with a bounty of experience on the road by their side, and clearly excited to be beginning an album cycle for the second time, Against The Current [7] appear to be leaps and bounds more sure of themselves and confident in their sound and ability, even more so than they were on their support run with Fall Out Boy back in March.

Everything sounds completely locked into place, and the hooks through the likes of recent single ‘Strangers Again’, the pop-punk tinged ‘Gravity’, the more bare bones ‘Demons’, and the sugary sweet ‘Voices’.

Frontwoman Chrissy Costanza paces from one side of the stage to the other like she owns it. At one point she calls back to the last time they headlined in Manchester, and they nearly had to cancel due to coming down with an illness that almost stopped her from singing. But now, her voice is huge and dominates the room especially with set closer ‘Wasteland’; the booming electronics entangling the room in one last wave of euphoria.

They may still be young, and they may not have followed the conventional and traditional path to becoming an established act, but at this rate, with their super sharp pop hooks, Against The Current will soon become the current.

You can check out our full photo gallery from the show here.