Monday, March 16, 2015

Big tune: Against The Current - Gravity

How's this for cognitive dissonance? Chrissy Costanza is a 19-year-old vlogger, who's racked up millions of YouTube views for her series of make-up tips (sample dialogue one: "I'm going to be applying this with clean fingers; sample dialogue 2: "Holy balls, I'm the whitest person on the planet"). But Chrissy Costanza is also the frontwoman of the hard-living, hard-rocking three-piece Against The Current, who give Paramore a run for their money in the pop punk stakes.

Maybe it's a generational thing. I want my rock stars to be grungy and mysterious, while Costanza is all about connecting with the fanbase. The video blog is "just a really fun way to interact with all of the people who support me on a more personal level," she told one magazine. "I want people to know who I really am. I never want to just put a face on." (NB: the Discopop irony meterâ„¢ has just exploded).

Still, if you can do a George Michael and Shoot The Dog Listen Without Prejudice, the Poughkeepsie trio are rather great. Last year's Infinity EP is a blast - crammed with cartwheeling hooks and big, dumb power chords. But the current single, Gravity, is the one that really marks them out as one to watch.

It starts out with handclaps - always a good sign - and a sugary-sweet verse that wouldn't sound out of place on a Taylor Swift album. But the chorus bursts out of the speakers with sky-slicing guitars and an impassioned scream of a vocal.

First released last October, it got the band signed by Fuelled By Ramen (Gym Class Heroes, Travie McCoy, Panic! At The Disco). This won't be the last we hear from them.

Against The Current

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