#Review: Against The Current – Past Lives ūüĎĀ


   

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Against The Current are¬†an American¬†pop rock¬†band from¬†New York, who formed in 2011. The band is made up of Chrissy Costanza (lead vocals), Dan Gow (guitars)¬†and Will Ferri (drums). The band are notable for regularly posting covers on YouTube as well as delighting fans with original tracks too. In 2016, after signing to¬†Fueled By Ramen, the band released their debut album, In Our Bones. Now, 2018 sees the band releasing their second full-length record,¬†Past Lives. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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This stunningly diverse and charming record opens with the almost haunting ‘Strangers Again’, dealing with getting over a relationship and cutting ties. The guitar line is dreamy and the vocal breakdown towards the end is a rather quiet and personal moment that really draws you in. It’s a brilliant way to open a record; it doesn’t go in all guns blazing but instead captivates the audience with its beautiful soundscapes.

Next is probably the best track on record, ‘The Fuss’. With Daft Punk-esque, 80s synths, funky guitar rhythms and one hell of a catchy chorus, this is a track you will just want to play really loud and dance like mad to!

Other significant songs include: ‘I Like The Way’ – a track all about new love that almost reaches EDM territory with its strong piano line. It’s something you might expect from the likes of Sigala‘s¬†Easy Love or¬†Sweet Lovin’; ‘Voices’ is a slightly more grungy offering about being self-conflicted and trying to ignore the internal voices (which is reflected perfectly with whispering backing vocals) – it’s very¬†Paramore¬†meets¬†Fickle Friends,¬†whilst¬†‘Scream’ is a rather floaty and dreamy song – for some reason it evokes images of the perfect all-American family from the 1960s (no idea why!) It’s an uplifting yet subtle track; I keep finding myself going back for more.

‘Personal’ has a Taylor Swift-like quality to it and the production is incredible – the vocal harmonies sit beneath the rest of the production in the chorus, but it’s truly enchanting.¬†‘P.A.T.T.’ (short for Pretty All The Time)¬†is an out and out female empowerment anthem – it’s fast-paced, punchy and relatively simplistic but the message is fun and powerful about girls feeling like they should be allowed to be themselves without having to look “pretty all the time”…calling all, “Girls!”

It’s an impeccably well-crafted record which has very successfully merged the boundaries between dance, pop and rock music, with a sprinkling of 80s vibes on top.

Lastly,¬†‘Friendly Reminder’ is another notable song, it’s certainly an album track rather than a potential single but the use of a phaser effect on the vocals and an epic clap-along chorus towards the end make it really stand out…again, there’s a big 80s vibe to it.

What Against The Current manage to do so well throughout, is take you on a journey with them; when they’re soaring high, you’ll feel all the sparks of excitement with them brought about with big synth sounds, intense beats and tons of reverb but equally when melancholy reigns, you’ll feel their heartache too.

Whilst I could say something about every track on the record, I won’t – you just need to experience it for yourself.¬†I really can’t recommend this highly enough…the only reason it didn’t get a 5 is because there are one or two less stand-out, album-fillers but even those are pretty damn good. It is very much an album which marks a band that have found their feet; they’ve created something wonderfully catchy yet utterly credible with sincere lyricism, interesting melodies and top-notch production.

It’s an impeccably well-crafted record which has very successfully merged the boundaries between dance, pop and rock music, with a sprinkling of 80s vibes on top; it’s difficult to pigeonhole this band…in a good way! It’s a truly exciting time for the band; this will certainly make waves in the genre and undoubtedly pave an exciting path for their future!

Rating
4-5


‘Past Lives’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/past-lives/1425108766


Past Lives on Spotify

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of this band’s sophomore release, Past Lives? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or via our social media.


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#WildCardWednesday: Rams – ‘Take It Back’


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RAMS are a pop-rock trio who began in Denver, back in 2004, not long before Ben Wysocki and David Welsh joined the Grammy-nominated band, The Fray. Singer Aaron Espe went on to have his own solo career, whilst the other two enjoyed their success as a part of The Fray.

The three would get together and write music and even when The Fray were taking breaks from touring, they would get together to write and record.

It’s only now, after more than 10 years in the making, that RAMS has come into fruition with their debut EP. Their music is unique as the hooks sit beautifully atop dreamy melodies created by a culmination of electric guitars and synths. I want big things for these guys!

No music video has arisen yet, but we’ll keep you posted on this.

What do you think of this trio’s sound? Are you intrigued for me, like we are? Please share the love for RAMS on your social media accounts!

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‘Take It Back’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/take-it-back/id1078083840?i=1078083843


#MellowMonday: The Japanese House – ‘Cool Blue’


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Rather an ambiguous artist, The Japanese House appears to be quite unidentifiable in terms of details about themselves. All we know is that it’s a 19-year-old Londoner who goes by the name of Amber Bain. Not much else is known.

That being said,¬†‘Cool Blue’ recently surfaced online and it instantly captured my attention with is sensationally simple sounds like a dream from the 80s brought into the modern music scene. The vocals are dreamy and the instrumentation is sheer perfection.

I implore you to admire this song for its beauty and I can’t wait to hear what the upcoming EP,¬†‘Clean’, has to offer.

Do you like this track? Have you heard it before? Please share anything similar to this with us, as we’re really loving this vibe right now!

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‘Cool Blue’¬†is available for download from iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/clean-ep/id1033795513