Review Summary: Chasing the sun 'til anything felt right

Nearly six years ago, I sat at this very computer and wrote about the arrival of a certain Fueled By Ramen threesome. Their debut full-length arrived as the summer weather did, following a set of strong EPs, some fun YouTube covers, and a robust social media blitz. The record itself had style. It was far from perfect, but demonstrated range and experimentation that was refreshing for a release in that space, and it left the implication that there was more to come. "Infections and sexy this is most certainly worth your time," I affirmed of (now-defunct) VersaEmerge, a band whose unassuming turbulence would ensure that no second record ever materialized, ultimately proving me wrong.

In turning the page to Poughkeepsie, NY's Against the Current, I don't want to harp too much longer on a cautionary tale. Apart from that to which I've already drawn attention, the bands don't have all that much in common, and knowing the end of VE's story shouldn't invite clouds upon ATC's delightfully energetic debut LP, In Our Bones, an album so saturated in levity and good-nature that it can't help but bring May sunshine along for the ride.

Opener "Running with the Wild Things" immediately sets the tone -- a familiar us-against-them anthem with a soaring chorus and relentless pop punk energy. Vocalist Chrissy Costanza carries the song like she's budgeting a single breath. Her presence is immediate and effortless, with no reservation in earshot. "Forget Me Now," a gushing, lovable fuck-you to fake friends and opportunists, moves along in the same fashion. A victory lap two tracks into the band's debut" Costanza, and all of her twenty-one years, hits every beat of how we tell one another off in 2016. More impressive, however, is that elsewhere on the record, when the needle swings back the other way and she needs to dial down the bravado, Costanza shows that she has the poise to pull it off. Just listen to the title track, a pretty little affirmation masquerading as an afterthought among the anthems. It's the kind of track you could miss if done clumsily.

What is perhaps most evident about In Our Bones is how the profoundly the album's appeal is derived from its disposition -- almost to the extent that you can write off other shortcomings. "Runaway" is maybe the most clich├ęd lyrical regurgitation imaginable but the song remains one of the most effective on the record, mainly because of its near-perfect execution of the same earnest pop rock dynamics that have wrapped themselves around our hearts for the past 40 or so years.

And this is essentially how the record carries itself: there's not much new in the way of substance, but the execution is nonetheless pleasing enough that you can shrug off flat or dull offerings (see, e.g., "Brighter" or "Wasteland"). It's a nice record filled with nice moments. Give it a spin!




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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2016


31393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

the soundcloud cuts off so here's the music video for that smae song



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcvuYNhfj-c

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2016


24205 Comments


woah never thought I'd see this band on sput. used to be semi-good friends with the lead singer. also surprised it's rated so high...cool stuff tho

BHAR
May 24th 2016


231 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Please tell me you're joking. This band is atrocious.

unaMUSEd
May 24th 2016


1441 Comments


Singer has a great voice based on that song.

BlackLlama
May 24th 2016


2177 Comments


I actually dig this a bit. I still enjoy WATIC more however. If you're a fan of the genre this is decent.

oldsoul
May 24th 2016


274 Comments


man, the only song that I did like from this was Wasteland, thought it was a nice departure from other songs on the record

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Spacesh1p
May 24th 2016


7669 Comments


Awful album art.

Ebola
May 24th 2016


3430 Comments


I actually think the album art is kinda cool tbh

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2016


31393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

also like the art



to me wasteland is a bit of a snoozer but i get what u mean by departure

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2016


24205 Comments


I like the colors tbh

unaMUSEd
May 24th 2016


1441 Comments


I like the art as well. Need to check this whole thing out cause I liked that first song.

PostMesmeric
May 24th 2016


736 Comments


It's a surprisingly solid record. The sort of poppy glimmer wore down a bit throughout, but I still enjoyed this.

Feather
May 24th 2016


4970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really fun!

Mutantsnowstorm
May 24th 2016


504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Still enjoy WATIC more [2]



This was pretty good though. It's a little more on the poppier side of things, but that's not so much a complaint as much as it is an observation.

Brostep
Emeritus
May 24th 2016


4412 Comments


still have versaemerge on my running playlist

dreams never die

Atari
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2016


23922 Comments


you should definitely review more often, nicely done

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impoppy
May 24th 2016


2115 Comments


Apparently the members of Versa are working on some new project, and actually have some fully made album that sadly their previous labels has their hands on and will probably never be released. But Sierra said in 2015 that they weren't done making music, just wouldn't do it under the name Versa or VerseEmerge anymore.

More on topic, gotta check this out.

Spacesh1p
May 24th 2016


7669 Comments


I just think the art is lame and generic, but yes, nice review.

CameronLaD
May 25th 2016


199 Comments


I'm really on the fence with this. Can someone decide my opinion for me?

Mutantsnowstorm
May 25th 2016


504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I find it funny that WATIC comparisons have been made with this band, mainly because the band's manager is the bassist for watic AND the brother of ATC's bassist. I'm not sure how many people would actually know this from first listen but it's humorously interesting to me



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