Against The Current's Chrissy Costanza talks about the column she writes for Rock Sound, striving to be a better person and more in this month's Rock Sound.
“I’ve tried to be as candid as possible with [the column],” she says, back in the UK again with drummer Will Ferri and guitarist Dan Gow, rehearsing for the New York trio’s latest round of touring.
“I could filter out the bits I don’t like, but I’ve treated the column like a journal, and tried to be completely honest. It would be easier to simply plug the band, but Rock Sound already does a good job of that.”
And so each issue, we’ve grown to have a better understanding of who Chrissy Costanza really is.
We’ve learned that she’s not just the girl on stage with a huge voice. She’s also someone who struggles with loneliness. She’s someone who experiences a lot of the same doubts and anxieties as the people she performs for.
She’s someone who wants to put something positive into the world; someone who used to volunteer her free time in nursing homes, who used to babysit for struggling single mothers, who worked at food drives, handed out meals to homeless people, and donated gifts to underprivileged kids at Christmas.
Well, she used to do that stuff. But then the band took off…
“I want to find my way back to being that person,” she admits.
“I was raised to appreciate that I am blessed. As long as you have more than another person has, you should be giving to that other person. I don’t regret the trade-off, because there are always going to be sacrifices [with musical success], but I think that I could personally do much better – it’s easy to get wrapped up in yourself.”
It’s a noble quest, and truthfully one that very few people, let alone stars in our world, have the desire to pursue. But it’s Chrissy’s background that has instilled that sense of selflessness.
“I’m not particularly religious, but my parents are,” she explains.
“My mum and dad do charity work in the city with these sisters who were mentored by Mother Teresa. They run a place that’s a home for people who are like modern-day lepers; people who are cast out. I’ve been involved in that kind of thing in the past, but I want to do much more.”
Get the band's full feature in this month's Rock Sound, available worldwide!