Poughkeepsie, New York outfit Against The Current are ready to introduce themselves. The trio have just released their new studio album, ‘In Our Bones’, and now the fun starts: touring, promo, performing et. al. Killyourstereo.com recently chatted with the band following the release of the aforementioned debut full-length.
Obviously, the new album is the topic of conversation, and for good reason. There’s that notion about always wanting to make a good first impression. I know you have a few EPs already in the catalogue, but what introduction are you hoping to make with your debut full-length?
The EPs were a great way to experiment and develop our sound. The album is the culmination of our writing experiences, and is the ultimate opening statement of who Against the Current is.
As with most bands, you started by selfreleasing music and doing things independently. How different is it now having a major label backing?
It’s definitely a massive change. There’s a different person to go to for every question but also an endless sea of resources available at our fingertips. This record wouldn’t be what it is otherwise.
In regards to the evergrowing band priorities, how are you finding balancing the life of a professional musician against outside commitments when at home?
Being a musician consumes most of our lives. Being on tour is truly being at work 24/7. But we love spending time with our families and friends, and we make the time to do it whenever we are home.
Having a quick look at your social pages, you have a significant amount of respective followers. In this day and age, how important are these modes of communication for growing, and often promoting, a band?
Having an active social media presence is almost an indisputable requirement of growing a new brand, especially in the music industry. The ability to have access to hundreds, thousands or millions of people in an instant is an unparalleled tool.
When you’re a young band, just as with any profession, you’re going to make mistakes and learn as you go. What have been some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far?
Ultimately sticking to your guns and staying true to your identity is undoubtably the most important thing you can do. We’ve had issues only when we strayed from what is true to us.
You’ve done some extensive touring over the past 12 months. Being on the road allows for memorable experiences, whether it’s interacting with fans and/or seeing new places. Conversely, though, what are some of the harder things about touring?
Touring is insanely rewarding but at a significant price. It takes a toll on the body not having consistency in diet, exercise, sleep, etc. There’s also very little possibility for alone time or personal space living with 10 other people on a bus for weeks or months at a time.
What were some influential albums that got the ball rolling in terms of making you want to pick up an instrument and start a band?
For Will, any of the Something Corporate albums. For Dan, American Idiot by Green Day. For Chrissy, Reach for the Sun and War Paint both by The Dangerous Summer.
‘In Our Bones’ is out now and available to purchase here.