Against the Current (band)

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Against the Current
Against the Current in 2017; from left to right: Dan Gow, Chrissy Costanza and Will Ferri
Against the Current in 2017; from left to right: Dan Gow, Chrissy Costanza and Will Ferri
Background information
Also known asATC
OriginPoughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
Genres
Years active2011–present
LabelsFueled by Ramen
Members
Past members
  • Jeremy Rompala
  • Joe Simmons
Websiteatcofficial.com
YouTube information
Channel
Subscribers2,170,000[1]
(21 April 2022)
Total views431,115,674[1]
(21 April 2022)

Against the Current (often abbreviated as ATC) is an American pop-rock band from Poughkeepsie, New York, formed in 2011. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Chrissy Costanza, guitarist Dan Gow, and drummer Will Ferri. The band quickly gained a sizable online following after posting covers of various popular songs on YouTube.

The band's first EP, Infinity, was released in May 2014 under their own label. The band followed Infinity with their next EP, Gravity, which was released on February 17, 2015. Shortly afterward, they signed to record label Fueled by Ramen. Their debut studio album, In Our Bones was released on May 20, 2016. Their second studio album, Past Lives was released on September 28, 2018. Their third EP, Fever, was released on July 23, 2021.

History[edit]

Background and origins[edit]

Against the Current was formed in early 2011 by Dan Gow, Will Ferri, and Jeremy Rompala and was later joined by Chrissy Costanza in the summer of 2011 after being introduced to Gow, Ferri, and Rompala through a mutual friend. Joe Simmons was invited to fill in as their bass player but later joined the band after leaving his former band.[2]

Will Ferri is the younger brother of We Are the In Crowd bass player and artist manager Mike Ferri, as the bands manager Mike Ferri utilized his relationships with well known YouTube cover artists such as Kurt Hugo Schneider and Alex Goot to help the band achieve a considerable amount of fame via various covers of popular songs posted as collaborations on more established channels.

Music history[edit]

In 2014, Joe Simmons & Jeremy Rompala split with the rest of the band.

On May 27, 2014, Against The Current released their debut EP, Infinity, independently through online distribution. The Infinity EP charted at No. 28 on the Heatseekers Albums.[3] They began touring in support of the release of Infinity throughout most of 2014. After several tours, they entered the studio to record their second EP, Gravity, which was released on February 17, 2015. The EP featured six songs, and included a guest appearance from Taka of ONE OK ROCK on the song '"Dreaming Alone." A few weeks after the release of Gravity,[4] Against the Current announced that they had been signed by the label Fueled By Ramen on March 4, 2015.[5] The Gravity EP charted on four Billboard magazine charts, while it peaked on the Alternative Albums, Independent Albums, Rock Albums, and Heatseekers Albums charts, peaking at 23, 27, 36 and 4, respectively.[6]

On May 22, 2015, the band announced their first headlining tour in support of the Gravity EP, called the Gravity World Tour. The tour spanned 4 months (August 2015 to November 2015), and included stops in several continents, including North America, Asia, and Europe.[7]

On August 1, 2015, Against The Current announced that they had finished recording their first full-length album. On February 6, 2016, Against The Current announced their upcoming album's name, In Our Bones, as well as the release date, May 20, 2016.[8] Their first studio album, In Our Bones, has been called "pop-rock perfection" by Alternative Press.[9]

On September 14, 2017, Against The Current collaborated with Riot Games to create the single "Legends Never Die" for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship, published on Riot Games' YouTube channel.[10] On November 4, 2017, Against The Current performed live at the 2017 League of Legends World Championship opening and closing ceremonies.[11]

On May 11, 2018, Against The Current released two singles, "Strangers Again" and "Almost Forgot", from the album Past Lives, released on September 28, 2018. On August 17, 2018, the band released the single "Personal". The single "Voices" was released on September 14, 2018.

On October 28, 2020, Against The Current released their new song "That Won't Save Us," followed by a second single, "Weapon," on March 10, 2021. These were followed up by a third song "again & again" ft. Guardin on June 23, 2021. The bands first EP since 2015's "Gravity" called "fever" was released on July 23, 2021.

On January 10, 2022, Against the Current collaborated with League of Legends European Championship for a song called "Wildfire", with casters Vedius and Drakos as guest vocals, which is a part of a promotion for the 2022 Spring Season of its League of Legends esports regional league run.[12] In August 2022, they announced that they were no longer signed to Fueled by Ramen.[13]

Musical style[edit]

Against the Current's music is described as pop rock,[14][15][16][17] pop-punk,[18][14][15] alternative rock,[19][20] and synth-pop[21][22] in publications. On their second album Past Lives, the band moves away from pop punk; in an interview with Billboard, Costanza reasons "We're all big fans of pop music; this is definitely the direction we’ve always wanted to head in. On this record, we were finally fearless and shed our skin. We wanted to create music that reflected our personalities now and also who we wanted to be."[16]

Band members[edit]

Lead singer Costanza performing

Current members

  • Christina "Chrissy" Costanza – lead vocals (2011–present)
  • Daniel "Dan" Gow – lead guitar, backing vocals (2011–present), rhythm guitar, bass (2014–present)
  • William "Will" Ferri – drums, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards, backing vocals (2011–present)

Former members

  • Jeremy Rompala – rhythm guitar, piano (2011–2014)
  • Joe Simmons – bass, backing vocals (2011–2014; touring 2014–2016)

Current touring members

  • Jordan Eckes (We Are the In Crowd) – rhythm guitar, lead guitar, keyboards (2020–present), backing vocals (2016–present), bass (2016–2020)
  • David Whitmore – bass, backing vocals (2020–present)

Former touring members

  • Roo Buxton – rhythm guitar, lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2015–2018)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[23]
US
Alt

[24]
US
Rock

[25]
US
Heat

[26]
CAN
[27]
JPN
[28]
UK
[29]
In Our Bones 181 15 20 2 83 66 28
Past Lives 185 86
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions[6]
US
Alt
US
Ind
US
Rock
US
Heat

[3]
JPN
[28]
Infinity 28
Infinity (The Acoustic Sessions)
  • Released: November 27, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Gravity
  • Released: February 17, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, digital download
23 27 36 4 33
Gravity (The Acoustic Sessions, Vol. II)
  • Released: July 10, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Fever
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2012 "Thinking" Single only
2013 "Closer, Faster" Infinity
"Guessing" Single only
2014 "Gravity" Gravity
2015 "Outsiders" Single only
"Talk" Gravity
2016 "Running with the Wild Things" In Our Bones
"Runaway"
"Wasteland"
"Young & Relentless"
2017 "Legends Never Die" Single only
2018 "Almost Forgot" Past Lives
"Strangers Again"
"Personal"
"Voices"
2020 "That Won't Save Us" Fever
"That Won't Save Us (Acoustic)" Single only
2021 "Weapon" Fever
"Again & Again"
2022 "Wildfire" Single only

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Ritchie, Andy (March 13, 2015). "Against The Current – Gravity". Rock Sound. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
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  8. ^ "Against The Current Announce Debut Album, In Our Bones – Kerrang!". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on 2016-02-14. Retrieved 2016-02-13.
  9. ^ Campbell, Rachel. "Against the Current: In Our Bones – album review". Alternative Press. Vol. June 2016, no. 335. p. 99. ISSN 1065-1667.[verification needed]
  10. ^ James, Ford (15 September 2017). "The 2017 League Worlds official song is here From rock band Against the Current". Gamereactor. Archived from the original on 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  11. ^ "The opening ceremony for the 2017 World Championship finals had a live performance and a dragon". The Rift Herald. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  12. ^ Ciocchetti, Cecilia. "LEC releases 'Wildfire' music video featuring Against The Current". DOT Esports. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
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  15. ^ a b May, Tamara (March 11, 2021). "Against the Current Unleash New Single 'Weapon'". Wall Of Sound.
  16. ^ a b Chris Payne. "Against the Current Premieres New Album: Listen to 'Past Lives' | Billboard – Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2022-04-22.
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  22. ^ Ben Walker (2017-03-17). "Against The Current – The Haunt – 8th March 2017 – Brightonsfinest". Brightonsfinest.com. Retrieved 2022-04-22.
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  25. ^ "Against The Current – Chart history (Rock Albums)". Billboard. June 11, 2016. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
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