US pop rock act Against the Current recently dropped videos for two tracks off their Gravity EP, namely Dreaming Alone and Paralyzed.
The Poughkeepsie, NY trio announced their signing to Fueled by Ramen on March 5.
This led to immediate comparisons to their new labelmates Paramore.
ATC’s heavier moments do bear a passing resemblance to Paramore’s second and third albums, although the younger band is less rooted in post-hardcore and pop punk and sits more closely in pop and indie territory.
Gravity is a six-track EP that builds on the sound established on ATC’s 2014 debut EP Infinity.
The release begins with the title track, a tour de force of pop rock song writing with frontwoman Chrissy Costanza’s high register vocals as the centrepiece.
The opener is followed by a slight lull in the tracklisting with Talk and Dreaming Alone. Talk is catchy but doesn’t stand up well to repeat listens and Dreaming Alone is a ballad that fails to take off.
Paralyzed and Fireproof heat up proceedings at the halfway point of the release, showcasing again the fireworks the band is capable of on their more upbeat numbers.
Both songs feature on-point lyrics from Chrissy, whose powerful voice and personality shine throughout the EP.
Brighter, a piano-led number, closes the EP with a change of pace and shows the band can hit hard with their slower numbers as well as their rockers.
Gravity shows an exciting young band in fine form with some big song-writing chops.
The band are scheduled to make their Fueled By Ramen debut with a full-length in early 2016, and I for one can’t wait to hear how they tackle a longer release.