Good bone structure

In Our Bones by Against the Current cover artAfter three independently released EPs, the upstate-New York trio Against the Current signed to a sort-of-major label, Fueled By Ramen, distributed by the Atlantic Group. I’d reviewed the Infinity EP favorably, and I’d been following Chrissy Costanza’s Twitter feed, which is an intriguing mix of post-adolescent annoyance and road-inflicted world-weariness, so the band’s first full-length album, In Our Bones, was inevitably going to be on my must-buy list, especially considering what I’d said about Infinity:

In American Bandstand parlance, I’d give it an 88: it’s got plenty of beat, it’s highly danceable, and the songs aren’t instantly forgettable.

I’ll happily bump up In Our Bones to 90 or so: any of these twelve tracks could serve as an object lesson in Earworm Production, melding Pat Benatar-level ferocity with lyrical twists worthy of Taylor Swift. The consistency is startling: no song here is shorter than 2:59 or longer than 3:44, and every one of them incorporates a serious hook. (Okay, maybe “Demons,” the closer, is not quite so hook-y.) I think I might have wanted a little more guitar in some of the final mixes, and the way “Roses” sneaks up on you is cruel: it sounds so much like your Standard Break-Up Song, until you find out that it isn’t.

“Running With the Wild Things” was the lead single:

In Our Bones found its way to #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, though progress up the 200, the all-inclusive chart, has been slow: last I looked it was perched at #181. Then again, ATC started out as a YouTube fave — 1.2 million subscribers — and toured the world before ever releasing this album, so I imagine they’re fairly happy, if maybe a little tired.

5 comments

  1. Brett »

    16 June 2016 · 6:22 pm

    Like that; thanks for the tip!

    In trade, check this band out if you’ve not done so before now: http://thebalconies.ca/

  2. CGHill »

    16 June 2016 · 6:38 pm

    Wow.

    Working similar but harder turf; Jacquie Neville’s sound is about one step closer to Siouxsie Sioux. The three videos I watched — “Boys and Girls”, “The Slo”, and “War” — were all just a hair creepy. (Maybe more than that for “The Slo.” Still, worthy of notice.

  3. Lorna »

    16 June 2016 · 7:35 pm

    I don’t ‘think’ that I have heard this song before. Even though it does sound quite familiar. She has an incredible voice though, as soon as she started singing I thought ‘wow’ so that’s good. Thank you for sharing!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  4. Brett »

    16 June 2016 · 8:52 pm

    Yeah. If I’d seen the vids before listening to some Noisetrade samples I’d have never picked up on them. The classical music training amps up their versatility.

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