Chrissy's Column is back!
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After a short break, we are delighted to present a brand new edition of Chrissy's Column, your insight into the mind of the voice of Against The Current.
So, here we go...
October already? Although 2020 has not quite gone the way any of us expected, it seems to be flying by. It’s as if even the universe is rooting us on a little bit and trying to speed us through the worst of it so we can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know the world has seemed quite dark, but I’d like to believe it was an awakening we needed. Change is coming on many fronts and there has been a gained societal perspective. We are more cognizant of what we have taken for granted and what we have turned a blind eye to. The world will always ebb and flow, we can’t have highs without lows. My hope is that these lows will teach us to be kind but also to be strong, strong for ourselves as well as strong for others who need us.
If your head has been heavy, know you’re not experiencing those emotions in isolation. It’s easy, especially in quarantine, to get swept up in feelings of loneliness and feel far away from others, but we’re never too far away. I think we’ve all felt dark at some point or another this year, if not for its entirety, but light will always come after dark. I really believe that. Maybe it sounds corny or overly optimistic, but anyone that knows me knows I’m far from an optimist. I’ve always been a realist that uses pessimism as a self defense mechanism, but the silver lining seems too apparent to ignore here. There were problems we were blind to until the universe shook us by our shoulders and told us to get it together. Will everyone realize we need change? No of course not. But many will. Hopefully, our generation will be the loudest. I do think this generation has a rebellious spirit capable of mobilizing a revolution. And I fucking love a good revolution against the status quo.
In terms of the music industry however, I empathize for everyone during this time but can only speak for my industry. We are watching our industry burn with no one rushing to the scene to put the fire out. Putting on tours and shows and festivals employs so many people from stage crew, to caterers, to promoters, and the absence of these events with little hope on the immediate horizon is devastating. Most bands make their money touring as labels are the primary participants in music sales/streams so ticket sales, back end from sell outs, meet and greets and merch are where bands make a living. Without touring, so many of your favorite artists have had to find other means to pay their bills. Please don’t forget them, support them however you can. Even just interacting on social media helps emotionally, we all feel a little distant right now. We love music, we love touring, we love meeting you. Feeling so separated from our families that we have found in each country, each city, is devastating.
As far as Against the Current, this was a year we planned on stepping away from the hardcore touring and working on ATC 3 with a few festivals scattered throughout the year. So although you wouldn’t have seen as much of us as usual, having not played a single show yet this year feels extremely strange. But we’re hard at work on the new era and genuinely couldn’t be more excited to show you what we’ve been working on. We’ve gone back to our roots quite a bit, and it just makes me unbelievably excited at the thought of getting to play these songs live one day. We just finished filming the first music video for the first song that’s coming out very soon (a real soon, not a fake one, I promise this time!) and we are beyond excited to share it with you.
Additionally, it was the first time I had seen Dan and Will in 9 months, which is the longest amount of time I have gone without seeing them in almost 10 years of being a band. That was one of the most heartbreaking parts, although we were able to stay busy writing and recording remotely, not seeing them was very difficult for me. When you’ve traveled together as much as we did for as many years as we have, you really become family. It felt like a part of me had been missing. I cried when they left (I didn’t tell them though so keep it a secret!) because I had felt like I was home again when they were here. It felt like the first glimpse of normal this whole year. Hopefully, it won’t be too long until we’re together again for the second video.
Until then, stay safe and stay tuned for the first installment of ATC 3.