Live Review – Against The Current – Factory Theatre, Sydney 29.09.23

The Factory Theatre in Sydney was electrified last night as the pop-punk community united for a night of anthemic melodies, soaring vocals, and palpable energy. The crowd, decked out in eyeliner and band tees, shared their passion for music as they eagerly awaited the headlining act of the evening, Against The Current. This highly anticipated performance was part of their Nightmares & Daydreams tour, marking their triumphant return to Australian shores.

Hailing from New York, Against The Current consists of the immensely talented trio, led by Christina Costanza on lead vocals, Daniel Gow on lead guitar and backing vocals, and William Ferri on drums and backing vocals. For their tour, they were joined by touring member David Whitmore on bass and backing vocals. With such a formidable lineup, it was no wonder the anticipation in the venue was palpable.

Against The Current’s music has been aptly described as a fusion of pop rock, pop-punk, alternative rock, and synth-pop, and this diversity is part of what makes them so captivating. Their journey from YouTube sensations, where they initially gained recognition through dynamic covers of tracks like Owl City’s and Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Good Time’, to becoming a global phenomenon, is nothing short of inspiring.

As the clock ticked closer to the main event, fans in the audience joined in harmonious renditions of pup-punk anthems by Blink 182 and Paramore, setting the stage for a night of musical camaraderie. The air was charged with excitement, and the crowd’s enthusiasm was infectious.

When Against The Current finally took the stage, the energy in the room was undeniable. They kicked off their set with an electrifying performance that showcased the powerhouse vocals of Chrissy Costanza.

Throughout the night, the band effortlessly weaved through their discography, treating fans to a mix of hits from their two albums and five EPs. The setlist was a rollercoaster of emotions, from their fast-paced melody ‘weapon’ to the soul-stirring ‘Legends Never Die.’ Each song was delivered with passion and precision, and the crowd responded in kind, singing along with every word.

As the night progressed, it became evident why this band has amassed hundreds of millions of streams and a dedicated community of over 4 million Spotify monthly listeners. Their live performance is nothing short of spectacular, leaving no doubt as to why they’ve been selling out venues worldwide.

Chrissy Costanza’s interactions with the audience were heartwarming, creating a genuine connection between the band and their fans. It was clear that their passion for music and their appreciation for their fans were at the forefront of the performance.

Against The Current’s Nightmares & Daydreams tour show at the Factory Theatre was brimming with passion, energy, and a unique blend of musical influences that set them apart in the best possible way. As the final chords of their encore resonated through the venue, it was evident that Against The Current had left an indelible mark on the hearts of their Australian fans. This was more than just a concert; it was a musical journey that fans won’t soon forget. Against The Current’s star continues to rise, and it’s a joy to witness their meteoric ascent in the music world.

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