Against the Current (often abbreviated as ATC) is an American pop rock band based in Poughkeepsie, New York and formed in 2011. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Chrissy Costanza, guitarist Dan Gow, and drummer Will Ferri. The group gained a sizable YouTube following after posting their covers of popular songs from a variety of different artists.
The band's first EP, Infinity, was released on May 2014 under their own label. The band followed Infinity up with their next EP, Gravity, which was released on February 17, 2015. Their debut full-length album, In Our Bones was released on May 20, 2016.
Background and origins
Against the Current was formed in early 2011 by Dan Gow, Will Ferri, and Jeremy Rompala. Current lead singer Chrissy Costanza later joined the band in the summer of 2011 after being introduced to Gow, Ferri, and Rompala through a mutual friend.
The group achieved a considerable amount of fame on YouTube after posting covers of various songs while working with other well known YouTube cover artists such as Alex Goot and Sam Tsui.
On May 27, 2014, Against the Current released their debut EP, Infinity, which they released independently through online distribution. The extended play, Infinity, charted at No. 28 on the Heatseekers Albums. They began touring in support of the release of Infinity throughout most of 2014. After various tours, they entered the studio to record their next EP, Gravity which 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, Against the Current announced that they had been signed by the label Fueled By Ramen on March 4, 2015. This extended play, Gravity, 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.
After the Glamour Kills Spring Break '15 tour, the group entered the studio to record their debut full-length album, which was estimated to release in early 2016. On May 22, 2015, the band announced their first headlining world tour, called the Gravity World Tour in support of their newly released EP. The tour lasted over the span of 3 months, from August 2015 to November 2015, playing shows in various continents including North America, Asia, and Europe.
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. Their first studio album, In Our Bones, has been called "pop-rock perfection" at Alternative Press. Costanza talked to Alternative Press about how their major label debut felt with the studio sessions, any musical differences between their two independently made extended plays and this album, what messages they want to convey with their recording, and if there were any risky moments.
The band has stated via an interview with Fuse that it is difficult to give themselves a genre. Lead singer Chrissy Costanza has stated that on their EP, Gravity, each song has a different type of genre, such as the song "Gravity" being more pop, "Fireproof" being more rock, and "Talk" being more pop-punk.
Christina "Chrissy" Costanza – lead vocals (2011–present)
Daniel "Dan" Gow – lead guitar, backing vocals (2011–present)
William "Will" Ferri – drums, keyboards, backing vocals (2011–present)
Jeremy Rompala – rhythm guitar, piano (2011–2014)
Joe Simmons – bass guitar, backing vocals (2014–present; 2011–2014 official member)
Mike Naran – rhythm guitar (2015)
Roo Buxton – rhythm guitar, keyboards (2015–present touring member)