Against The Current
As It Is
Shepherd’s Bush Empire // London, England
September 30th 2016
Photos & Review By Katie Frost
I was lucky enough to see New York pop-rock trio Against The Current play their debut London headline show at 300-capacity Soho venue The Borderline in December 2014. It is a testament to the band’s hard work that less than two years later they filled (and very almost sold out) the 2000-capacity O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, making it their largest UK headline show to date.
Beach Weather did a great job warming up the packed London crowd with their upbeat guitar rock.
Then it was punk-jumps a-plenty as Brighton-based pop-punk band As It is rocked the crowd. Although they were main support, the band put on a headline-worthy performance, with Patty Walters working the crowd to perfection.
Opening with Runaway, Against The Current played a high-energy set including tracks from their recently-released debut album In Our Bones, together with tracks from their Gravity and Infinity Eps and their cover of Teenagers by My Chemical Romance. Front-woman Chrissy Constanza was full of energy; running and bouncing around the stage.
They slowed it down to play Infinity and In Our Bones acoustically, before ramping up the energy back up to play a further four tracks. Unfortunately they had to omit Brighter from their set sue to concerns over Chrissy’s voice [and went on to postpone their show at Asylum in Birmingham] but she did not let it get her down and continued to wow the audience.
They ended their impressive set with crowd-favourite Gravity as they showered the packed venue with confetti. The band now head to Europe to complete the next leg of their In Our Bones tour.
Against The Current Set List:
Forget Me Now
Blood Like Gasoline
Running With The Wild Things
Teenagers (My Chemical Romance Cover)
Young & Relentless
In Our Bones
Another You Another Way