For the past few weeks Against The Current have been racing around Europe under the guise of their ‘Running With The Wild Things’ tour, and with one lonely UK date the capital was a lucky to have them. On their fourth time heading to the country – twice already this year – Chrissy and co seem fairly overwhelmed that, although not sold out, the legendary Koko is filled with fans.
The last headline show they did was at Islington Academy at the latter end of last year, but now armed with a number of both released and unreleased new tracks, tonight is something special. Tonight marks a showcase for their upcoming new album In Our Bones and each of the five tracks played from the record show off a different side to the band. There’s the lower key, heartfelt ‘Forget Me Now’ which allows Chrissy’s vocals to take center stage, even more so than usual. While the title track for the tour ‘Running With The Wild Things’ is fast paced, energetic and danceable.
‘Chasing Ghosts’ shows off the band’s softer side, but it isn’t entirely stripped back, as breaks explode through the venue and Chrissy’s voice carries the track note for note. Despite only being out for a few weeks, ‘Runaway’ doesn’t need much encouragement for the teenage fans to jump around and scream at the top of their lungs for the duration.
It isn’t all about new tracks though, as the band blast through ‘Infinity’, ‘Fireproof’, ‘Gravity’ and ‘Paralyzed’. With very little recorded material to play with the band even bring out a cover track in the form of ‘Uptown Funk’, which Chrissy usually performs with Cody from Set It Off but tonight’s performance has everyone asking: ‘Cody Who?’
The fourteen tracks that the band play are undeniably catchy, huge tracks in their own rights and as a whole the entire night works. Vocally Chrissy never falters, musically the band never let us down and, despite the lengthy breaks between tracks, it all flows. Going back a few years good female fronted bands were hard to come by, and only select ones made it into our hearts. Usually for us it was the live performances which let them down. Imperfections and dud notes are far easier to spot in a female’s voice than their male counterparts, a sad thing which has let many bands down. Fortunately for Against The Current, Chrissy’s vocals are as close to their recorded counterpart as you can get in a live setting, and it just shows her incredibly powerful her voice is.
It doesn’t matter than we’re about ten years older than the average age of most of the crowd because that’s the kind of show Against The Current put on, it appeals to all. The new album just can’t come quick enough.