A DIY Conversation with Against the Current
You have all of the tools to take what you’re passionate about and build a career around it, you just might not know it yet! In this workshop Against The Current will meet with fans to discuss modern DIY both on, and offline as well as techniques for creating great audio and visual content that you can build a community around. The band will also being doing their best to answer as many questions as possible in hopes of helping fans develop and sustain successful creative endeavors.
In the past few years, Against The Current has evolved from an upstart band to an unstoppable, hardworking trio ready to take over the world with their debut album of intelligent pop songs. The band, formed by Chrissy Costanza, Dan Gow and Will Ferri in 2011 in Poughkeepsie, NY, unveiled their first song, “Thinking,” in mid-2012 and self-released two Eps in the years that followed. Their most recent, Gravity, sent the band on a world tour, playing venues across the U.S., Europe and Asia and selling out shows everywhere from Tokyo to Amsterdam to Paris. Now, as they prepare to release their debut album, Against The Current finds themselves a more practiced and thoughtful band.
The album as a whole encompasses a range of feelings and experiences, as well as stylistic tones. “Young & Relentless” is buoyant and propulsive, a bounding pop rock track with an immediate chorus, while anthemic pop number “Forget Me Now” is what Will calls “a look into the past, present and future of our lives.” “When writing it we reminisced about our high school experiences and imagined what it may be like going to our high school reunions and pointing a finger at everyone who tried to bring us down,” he adds. “It has a great pop simplicity and feel-good energy. It just feels like the start of a story.” The band reveals their softer side on “In Our Bones,” an acoustic charmer with an immediate chorus that aptly showcases Chrissy’s voice. The levity and cathartic release imbued in the album is also present in Against The Current’s live show, which amps up that feeling of being relatable.
“As with the new album we want our live show to be an experience,” Chrissy says. “We want the crowd to take this journey with us through each song and be fully immersed in it. Ultimately we want the fans to leave feeling better and lighter. We want the happy songs to resonate with people and we want the heavier songs to give them a sense of release, like it’s okay to feel like this and it’s not the end of the world. We want them to have the best possible experience.” Dan adds, “When we’re on stage the most important thing is for the fans to connect to the music and to us.”
“If we can get the audience as immersed in what we are doing as we are then I think we have something really special,” Will says. “With this record we hope to create a new world for our listeners and we hope we can capture that same effect live. Our goal has always been to just keep outdoing ourselves and hopefully get as many people as possible to come along for the ride.”
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TEI Workshops are group educational experiences. The workshops are not structured for meet and greets, autograph signings, or individual photo opportunities with Gurus. Please be respectful of these guidelines. A separate Vans Warped Tour ticket is needed to attend the workshop (buy here).
Photo credit: Headshot shot by - Live shot by Joe Brady