(Fuelled By Ramen)
On a chilly Monday night in the centre of Cardiff, I found myself in a long queue outside Clwb Ifor Bach on Womanby Street, awaiting one of the hottest young bands in rock right now. Against the Current is a band I've admired for a long time and to have the opportunity to see them perform live was something that really excited me. To my surprise, I found myself even more excited when the poster outside advertising Against the Current's Gravity World Tour listed a support I rather admire; Eva Rose, an all female four piece from Banbury, Oxfordshire, right next to where I grew up. So the stage was set, two bands I love in the city I live in.
What could go wrong, right?
After being let into the venue 20 minutes late, I quickly made my way up the stairs to see Eva Rose already on stage right before starting their set. Within five minutes of entering the room I was blasted by the opening riffs to arguably my favourite Eva Rose song, Vice. After a set including songs featuring on Eva Rose's first album I was completely hooked. I'll be honest, although I enjoyed the music of Eva Rose in the past, I had never really fallen in love with their music.
That is until this show.
All four members of the band were completely on point and in one short set they completely convinced me to buy their upcoming album. A really strong performance from a band that I predict big things from in the future.
But onto the main event. Against the Current have risen at an incredible rate especially in the last year or so, to become one of the hottest rock bands around. Opening with one of their newest songs 'Talk,' the show opened with a burst of energy with lead singer Chrissy Costanza encouraging the audience to sing along from the off. I'll be completely honest with you, through the first few songs energy was at a max but personally I felt that the band wasn't at their best. I was enjoying the show for sure but it wasn't quite the high standard I expected.
That is until the second half of the show. Costanza took a brief moment to introduce their latest song, 'Outsiders,' set to be released on the new ATC album with a rousing speech going into how the song represents the band better than any song they've produced before. Discussing points such as how it's ok to be an outsider because it makes you unique and beautiful. Some people may argue the speech went on a little too long but it was a truly inspirational message that really got the crowd going. It was at this point the entire band and especially Chrissy Costanza started to show what they can really do. 'Outsiders,' was performed masterfully as well as the track that followed (my personal favourite ATC track) the title song of the World Tour 'Gravity.' At this point I thought the band had hit their peak with two fantastic performances.
Against the Current did the classic faux-ending after a solid performance of 'Fireproof,' but after the crowd screamed their lungs out for more they came back on stage with pride. They treated us with two more songs, firstly 'Brighter,' a song that left me with chills all over before ending with a fantastic rendition of 'Another You Another Way.' After an arguably shaky start the band managed to really pull an incredible performance out of the bag.
Eva Rose: 8/10
Against the Current: 9/10