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Rising Against The Current

Against The Current is a force to be reckoned with.

Samantha Ng
Samantha Ng

Published: 4 September 2015, 12:00 AM

Against The Current was in town for their Gravity tour on Monday, and we caught them in action. Their performance was impressive to say the least.

I have to admit, though. I once assumed that Against The Current was one of those YouTube bands that dedicated themselves to doing covers most of the time. But, I was proven wrong when throughout the entire night, and to my surprise, they only performed one cover – Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’.

Throughout the concert, the American pop-rock band also performed new songs from their recent Gravity EP such as ‘Gravity’, ‘Fireproof’ and ‘Dreaming Alone’. We were also treated to their older songs, including ‘Infinity’ and all-time crowd favourite ‘Closer, Faster’.

Since the band’s last time here in 2014 with Alex Goot, things have changed significantly for them. They were signed to Fueled By Ramen early this year, the same record company that signed Paramore and Fall Out Boy. To celebrate their recent milestone, the band gave us a preview of the song ‘Outsiders’, which will be released on their upcoming album.

 

Lead singer Chrissy Costanza delivered every note on point.
Photo credit: Marcus Lin/Impact Live

 

Performances aside, I was most impressed with Chrissy’s stamina on stage. She literally hit the stage running, and spent 80 per cent of her time dancing whilst singing. Despite her exhausting antics, she never panted the whole time she was on stage, even as she engaged in audience banter in between songs.
That probably explains why Chrissy was the crowd favourite that evening. An audience member threw a shirt at Chrissy with her name printed on it, moving her to give the lucky fan a hug. She also mentioned that she has never met a bad Singaporean and asked the audience to teach her Singlish.

Instead of the usual “Can I hear you make some noise, Singapore?” requests, the band made an effort to rouse the crowd by involving the audience throughout the concert. At one point, they even threw grapes at the audience because drummer Will Ferri was eating them on stage. Because, why not?

The only thing that really affected my enjoyment of the concert was how disconcerting the lighting was. There were moments where we found it difficult to watch the show because the stage lights were too strong for our eyes. It might have made Chrissy more prominent on stage, which defeated the purpose as we could not see anything at all.

 

Against the current band members (from left) Dan Gow, Chrissy Constanza and Will Ferri.
Photo credit: YouTube.com/AgainstTheCurrentNY

 

Overall, the band’s amazing performances overshadowed whatever unpleasant situations we faced. They are definitely a band worth checking out. I will not be surprised to see them performing at major music awards in the future too.


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