CUR­RENTS

FOR FANS OF: PE­RIPH­ERY, AR­CHI­TECTS, TESSERACT

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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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