When Against The Current released their debut studio album, In Our Bones in 2016 it was starting to become obvious that the band’s sound was maturing. While their early self-released work was a joy to listen to and still is, In Our Bones featured a much more dynamic sound with substantially more depth in both their production and lyrics.
Two years later, the Poughkeepsie, NY natives have released their second studio album, Past Lives and as you would expect, the evolution continues. Although In Our Bones still had some hints of punk-pop, the standout tracks on the album featured more complex melodies with a dose of synth that resulted in their own brand of alt-rock that was nothing short of fantastic. Past Lives features a more pop-rock sound, somewhat following along the same lines as acts like Paramore and Lights. As for their punk roots? You are going to be hard pressed to find even the slightest hint of them anywhere on this latest release. That is not a bad thing by any means. In my personal opinion, that sound can often be very restricting when it comes to the creative process and I applaud Against The Current for expanding their comfort zone as they have.
Chrissy Constanza‘s vocals still feature the edge that separates her from her peers. For someone who has as big of a voice as she does, it’s refreshing that she doesn’t feel the need to sing through her nose as many often do. Her clarity is second to none and her breaks and falsettos are both perfectly timed and seemingly effortless. Costanza also shows her ability to adapt as the album navigates through upbeat tracks like “P.A.T.T.” & “Scream”, hard-hitting tracks like “Voices”, as well as the wide variety of dreamy beats that fill Past Lives.
In Our Bones is a tough act to follow, but Past Lives certainly rises to the occasion. The ability to grow and change as a band while still remaining true to yourself isn’t one to be taken lightly. Against The Current has proven they were up to the task.
Listen to Past Lives by Against The Current for yourself below on Spotify and pick up the album on iTunes now!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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