Live Review: Against the Current & The Faim - O2 Forum Kentish Town, London 29/09/2018
Against the Current celebrated the release of their brand new album ‘Past Lives’ this weekend with a huge London headline show at the O2 Forum Kentish Town.
Australian lads The Faim provided us with a kickstart to the evening with their infectious rock tunes. They have heavily dominated the live scene the past few months, including some amazing festival performances. And tonight you could see the hard work had paid off, as they had half the room singing along with them to their songs. For a band so early in their career, to have a response like that when you open for Against the Current definitely shows you that these lads are a name everyone is going to be talking about in the coming months.
With the crowd firmly warmed up, the lights dimmed and on walked Against the Current, starting their set with album opener ‘Strangers Again’ and ‘Personal’. ‘Past Lives’ sees the band taking a new step in their style, so it was great to see such a new tracks welcomed by the audience to early on in their set. Against the Current fans have been there since day one with the band, so when the riff of ‘Gravity’ kicked in, the room erupted, the band showing us despite the fact there is a new album out, they are still the Against the Current that we all fell in love with.
Lead singer Chrissy Costanza runs around the stage throughout their long set, and never once do you see her get out of breath, note perfect from start to finish. She jumps around, enjoying every second of their performance. Their finish their set with ‘Demons’, followed with the screams for a one more song. Every once in a while there is a gig that has that moment, you feel it grow up your spine, and tonight it was Against the Current’s encore, starting with ‘In Our Bones’, a polite acoustic number off their album of the same name. You could barely see the band over the top of the sea of hands that were high up in the air swaying along to this song. Signing off on their song ‘Wasteland’, Against the Current certainly showed us how to celebrate a new album in style.
Words by Ant Adams and Photography by Athena Kam