Pop-rock trio Against the Current began their musical journey by recording YouTube covers of popular songs – everything from Taylor Swift’s “Red” to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Last month, they released an LP of original material, In Our Bones, but the Poughkeepsie, New York rockers haven’t forgotten their tribute roots.
“[With cover songs], you can bond with other people because they’re like, ‘I really like this song. I wanna see what this band did with it,'” singer Chrissy Costanza told Rolling Stone at a New York bounce house, chilling with her bandmates, guitarist Dan Gow and drummer Will Ferri). “Then maybe they’ll go check out our original music.”
“I don’t know why people are so afraid of it,” Costanza continued. “We just like connecting with our fans [by] doing that. You can only release music so often. You have albums and the whole cycles and everything like that, so covers are a great way to release music and new things before the next album comes out.”
“One of [mine] and Dan’s favorite Blink-182 songs, which we thought was theirs, is ‘Another Girl Another Planet,’ and we just found out it was a cover the other day,” adds Ferria, referencing the pop-punk band’s 2005 version of the Only Ones’ 1978 original.
Elsewhere, Costanza talks about how social media has revolutionized the way artists expand their brand and interact with fans. The singer started her own YouTube channel, on which she shares makeup secrets, and it’s helped expose those viewers to Against the Current.
“This seems like a cool way, without being limited to 140 characters or less, to kind of connect and show a little bit more personality than just text,” she says. “By going out into all these other avenues, you’re creating so many other opportunities for people to find you through other common interests that you share with them.”