“I think with our first EP, we’re pretty proud of how it turned out." - Chrissy Costanza.
Properly formed in drummer Will Ferri’s basement, Against The Current began with three teenagers uploading covers to YouTube. Their early years culminated in the ‘Infinity’ EP, released on 27 May 2014...
Chrissy Costanza (vocals): “The first time I went to the basement was after Dan and Will came to my house once, just to play acoustic in my basement. Then I went [to Will’s basement] and that was kind of like my audition, but no one ever told me if I got the part or not...”
Dan Gow (guitar): “Yeah, the only things we’d done were with singers from local bands, so it was a definite step up!”
Chrissy: “And it was my first real band, so I was just excited to be there. I didn’t really know what it was supposed to sound like or be like. I was just like, ‘Let’s rip’. ‘Thinking’ was our first single, in 2012. I’m pretty sure we were just pumped to finally have an initial song out, because at that point, I think we’d just played a couple of local shows. We had original songs, but none of them were big enough to release, and ‘Thinking’, we rewrote a thousand times. It was almost a completely different song before it is what it is now. I actually found the original ‘Thinking’ lyrics a month ago when I was cleaning my room to start packing before tour, and just buried in my desk was a ripped up piece of paper that had the original lyrics on it. It’s just a completely different song.”
Dan: “I kind of look at the whole YouTube era as if we were a high school cover band, just doing it at home, because that’s what you do when you’re in high school for the most part. We were just figuring it out, slowly but surely.”
Chrissy: “I think it’s weird [to look back on it] sometimes, especially when you get fans who are like, ‘Hey I’ve been a fan since ‘Thinking’ came out, or since ‘Guessing’ came out’. It’s kind of like, ‘Whoa, do you still like us?!’, like that’s crazy. It definitely feels like we’ve changed, and it’s almost like we’re an entirely different band. We were 16 maybe 17 when ‘Thinking’ came out.”
Chrissy: “I think with our first EP, we’re pretty proud of how it turned out. I still think the songs are really good. We always thought that ‘Something You Need’ was a really good song. It was very different to all of the other songs we wrote. We recently added ‘Another You (Another Way)’ to the set, and that’s still a song that we love, the fans love. It means a lot to us that the first EP that we wrote still holds relevance to our songs now.”
You can also pick up Chrissy Costanza: My Story, featuring Chrissy's most in-depth interview ever and a one of a kind photo shoot.