Against The Current know their way around a great song.
Label: Fueled By Ramen / Atlantic
Released: 20th May 2016
Against The Current know their way around a great song. From the soaring introduction of ‘Infinity’ (from their debut EP of the same name) to covers of Taylor Swift, Adele and Paramore, the band have a history of surrounding themselves with big ol’ anthems. ‘In Our Bones’ sees them go bigger.
From the relentless bounce of ‘Running With The Wild Things through the Top of The Pops shimmer of ‘In Our Bones’ until the reflective sway of ‘Demons’, Against The Current’s debut album is full of absolutely huge songs. Chart-bothering, arena-dominating but never losing themselves in the scope of the record, the band are twelve for twelve but every hit is different.
There’s always been an element of cherry-picking to Against The Current but on ‘In Our Bones’, they full embrace that fanciful magpie attitude. There’s a little bit of everything to the record but every outsider element has been taken in and made theirs. Despite the dynamic mix of influence, ATC’s voice shines through; louder than all.
‘In Our Bones’ isn’t just a collection of great hits though. Every song has something to say. There’s the indulgent grin of ‘Forget Me Now’, the self-empowering cry of ‘Brighter’ and the conflicted inner struggle of ‘Demons’, all of which tackle a different side of the twelve-sided die. Tied together with conviction, Against The Current aren’t afraid to take anything on.
The most surprising thing about ‘In Our Bones’ is how intricate it all is. We were expecting big and catchy but the delicacy in which the songs snake their way around your heart and throat is something new. And it’s a look that suits Against The Current. Balancing self-control with self-belief and amplifying it with a defiant, this-is-who-we-are attitude, Against The Current might not fit in a box but that’s fine. ‘In Our Bones’ goes bigger than all of that. Ali Shutler