We don’t know much about Against The Current, but we’d guess they’re going to be massive, playing catchy commercial music as they do, and with a rapidly growing fanbase. They started on YouTube, playing covers, then released a self-funded EP. Now they’re signed to Fueled By Ramen, home to slick bands such as Gym Class Heroes, Panic! at the Disco and the band this lot are clearly inspired by, Paramore, though they’re less rocky than Hayley Williams’ outfit.
If you’re into rock, the album starts off well and gradually winds down; if you’re more into pop, the opening notes might alarm you, but don’t worry, they soon go. Opener Running With The Child has a few seconds sounding like the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage but turns into a high-energy tune that’s almost pop punk, but isn’t. Against The Current claim not to be interested in genres, which would explain how the music ranges across the album from slower ones such as Chasing Ghosts, acoustic numbers such as In Our Bones and onto crowd-rousing anthems such as Young And Relentless.
It’s all very easy to listen to, somewhere between Roxette and Coldplay. You can play this over and over and never really tire of it, though a critic could say that is because it’s all form over substance. Expect to hear a lot of Against The Current.