Following the success of their debut ‘In Our Bones’, New York pop-rockers Against The Current is back with new material and a tour which takes in Newcastle’s Riverside on Thursday 27th September. Paul Broadhead caught up with singer Chrissy Costanza to give us the lowdown.
What motivated the DIY approach you’ve taken to your career?
I think today’s music culture and scene demands a DIY approach. We were only looked at by labels after we’d sold out a venue in New York for the first time. You have to go in with the mentality that you’re going to do a lot of heavy lifting and it’s a good way to go about it because too many people have this notion that they’re going to get signed and then the label is going to make them big and that’s not how it works. Being a DIY band has made sure that our work ethic has always been strong: we’re always the ones responsible for getting things done, rather than assuming someone else should be doing it.
You’ve released two new singles which marked a strong change in musical direction. What can we expect from the album?
The album’s pretty diverse. In a sense, those songs give an idea of what the album’s like but fans who came to see us support Fall Out Boy heard ‘Voices’ which is different from either of the songs we released; it’s still ATC, but it’s us growing, changing, getting older and trying to make new music that we love now as opposed to music we loved years ago. We had Jack Antonoff as producer who worked with Lorde and I love what he does; he has such a unique perspective and does things I’d never expect. Weirdly, I’ve been listening to a lot of K-Pop and on the other end of the spectrum, I’ve been listening to Foo Fighters a lot.
There’s long been a gender inequality on festival bills, but do you feel that things are beginning to change?
It’s easy to point the finger at the promoters but there’s a deficit in how many female bands there are compared to male. The important thing is encouraging more girls to get into bands. We have so many fans tell us that they started a band or they’re learning guitar or drums and to us, that’s where it starts; it’s from the ground up because the more girls getting into music, especially the rock and alternative scene, the less people can ignore us.
And finally, what can we expect at the Newcastle show?
There’s going to be a lot of old and new stuff. There’s a song on ‘IOB’ that we’ve only played live once and we’re trying to incorporate it into the set, so we’re trying to change it up as much as possible.
Against the Current plays Newcastle’s Riverside on Thursday 27th September. Tickets, priced at £16.50 in advance (including booking fee), are available from seetickets.com.