FOR FANS OF: PERIPHERY, ARCHITECTS, TESSERACT
GUESSING THIS LOT ARE HEAVIER THAN, UM, AGAINST THE CURRENT…
Well, duh.those in search of a bludgeoning by beatdown, look no further than this Connecticut quintet. Since their 2011 formation, Currents’ molotov cocktail of brain-dicing metalcore has only been bettered with new-ish frontman Brian Wille joining their ranks, making his stunning recording debut on 2017’s The Place I Feel Safest.“i started playing shows in my highschool years, and not long after we became friends,” he says.“when the band’s old vocalist decided to step down [in 2015], they didn’t really have anyone else in mind… it was a perfect fit! I think the first show I ever went to was seeing Currents (laughs)!”
LOVELY STUFF. WHERE, THOUGH, IS THIS PLACE CURRENTS FEEL SAFEST?
You can put the map away – it’s a metaphor for life situations we can all relate to, obvs. “It’s more of an ironic thing,” explains Brian. “Sometimes the place you feel safest isn’t necessarily the best place for you to be. It could be a relationship or a job or where you live. Somewhere along the line, you realise it’s not right for you.”
INTRIGUING. MORE SPECIFICALLY, THEN, WHAT ARE THE SONGS ABOUT?
Quite a lot, actually. Brian explores a range of issues, from heartache to climate change and vegetarianism, though perhaps the record’s overarching theme would lie in the darker forms of anger. It gets pretty bleak at points… “The song Apnea is about physical abuse,” Brian reveals.“i’d heard about where people get taken advantage of at parties or bars. It struck me in this weird way; I almost wanted to confront those who did these things, and the song is me venting my frustrations to them.you start trusting people enough for them to hand you drinks and take care of you and not do any creepy stuff… but things do happen.tremor is about struggles with my own anger. I had a wake-up call when the person I cared about most told me I was scary to be around.that dug in. It’s not okay to let yourself be an asshole – you hurt the people around you.” It’s a fair point.
RIGHT. SO, APART FROM GIFTING US RIVERS CUOMO, HATEBREED AND NOW CURRENTS, HOW’S CONNECTICUT’S MUSIC SCENE?
There’s certainly something there, but it could be better.“it’s a little rough,” admits the frontman.“we’re a small state, so everyone is within an hour or two’s drive from each other.there’s a lot of talent, but with only so many opportunities, you find a lot of competition and backhandedness going on.this city taught me to be cautious of who I talk to. People are murky, man. I’ve learned not to take things at face value.” Sounds like the perfect breeding ground for angry lyrics, then…
“I WAS TOLD I WAS SCARY TO BE AROUND…”
(L – R:) Jeff Brown (drums), Dee Cronkite (bass), Brian Wille (vocals), Ryan Castaldi (guitar), Chris Wiseman (guitar)
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