Despite a self-confessed illness, it was a night New York State’s Against the Current came of age. Their biggest UK headline show to date was a far cry from their first London date at the humble Borderline two years ago, at a venue that has hosted Pearl Jam, Prince and The 1975.

After conquering Koko back in March, the evening was a celebration of the success of the pop rocker’s debut album, ‘In Our Bones’ released in May of this year. The threesome of lead singer Chrissy Costanza, guitarist Dan Gow and drummer Will Ferri have come along way from their early days as a YouTube covers band.

Main support came from Brighton based five-piece, As It Is, returning to the live circuit after taking time out to record their new album, ‘okay.’ due early next year. Their infectious brand of pure, pulsating pop punk got the near sell out crowd at the Empire moving and singing the lyrics back to the bleach blonde haired lead vocalist, Patty Walters.

He and his band performed with an exceptional amount of energy, even breaking the record for the number of times a microphone can lassoed across the stage, and they showed that there is certainly more to come.

Next up headliners, Against the Current, diving straight in with Runaway and Forget Me Now from the latest record and oldie, Talk. Chrissy Costanza may only be 21 but there was an aura about her and she owned the stage. However, she had no problem admitting that she was “stress sweating” and telling the Empire that “stress sweat is the worst smelling type of sweat“. You learn something new every day.

Emotions run high as Costanza dedicates Roses to a friend who had recently passed way and they even throw in a cover of My Chemical Romance’s Teenagers, to the delight of the crowd.

Acoustic songs, Infinity and In Our Bones are more intimate, showcasing the natural vocal talent Costanza has. Until they explained how their busy schedule had been affecting their health, one would have done well to notice that anything was wrong.

They round off the set with fan favourite, Gravity which gets everyone jumping and dancing as confetti rains down.

Visually and musically this was a triumphant return to London for Against the Current. Their stock is certainly high and even as a band running on empty they excelled.

As It Is

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