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Live Review

At London’s KOKO, Against The Current are Queens & Kings of all The Wild Things

Posted: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

After four-weeks of Running with the Wild Things around Europe, Against The Current take to London’s KOKO to bring the tour to a close. “Last time we were in London it was a dream,” starts Chrissy Costanza towards the end of the evening. “I don’t even know what to call this because it’s completely surpassed it,” she adds. And she’s right. Armed with a handful of new songs from their upcoming debut ‘In Our Bones’ and a clearer idea of just what Against The Current can be, Chrissy, Dan and Will take to the stage Queens & Kings of all The Wild Things.

ROAM have had a similar transformation. Hitting the road hard since the release of ‘Backbone’ at the end of January, the band has bulked up. Crunching, swaggering and stomping about the place, the likes of ‘Deadweight’ and ‘Hopeless Case’ sound ferocious while an acoustic ‘Tracks’ sees ROAM opening themselves up.

“The thing with our album,” explains Chrissy, “is that it fills in a lot of blank spaces in Against The Current.” Five songs from the record are aired tonight and each one shows off a different side to the band. The opening of ‘Running With The Wild Things’ is brash, energetic and – now finding its groove live – enables more play in the vocals while ‘Brighter’ (carried over from the ‘Gravity’ EP) is a huge statement of intent.

“I bet you won’t forget me now,” smirks ‘Forget Me Now’ as the track hits. It’s a shuddering goliath that’s agile enough to allow the chirping undercurrents to shine through. Later on, they take centre stage for ‘Chasing Ghosts’. One of Chrissy’s favourite songs on the album, it shows off the band’s softer side but instead of stripping things down, the band toy with atmosphere and skirting electro-twitches before exploding in big breaks. ‘Runaway’ has only been out for a few weeks but with minimal encouragement the crowd are already screaming for it and that vocal want doesn’t let up for the duration of the track’s high tempo attack.

There’s still plenty of time for the classics tonight and the likes of ‘Talk’, ‘Infinity’ and ‘Fireproof’ are still shifting as Against The Current grow but are ever-glorious. Individually the fourteen tracks that the band play tonight are all undeniable bangers but threaded together as part of an ongoing narrative, they show off just how diverse and daring Chrissy, Dan and Will are. Their ideas are wild things. It’s what’s made their journey so far so exciting, and makes what comes next even more so.