against the current again&again
[Photo by Beth Savaro]

Against The Current explore feeling trapped in your own head in their new single “again&again,” featuring guardin

Along with sharing the song, the Fueled By Ramen artists announced their new upcoming EP fever, which will include previously released tracks “weapon” and “that won’t save us.” Arriving July 23, the seven-track EP will be the first new body of work from the band since their 2018 album Past Lives

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“again&again” is a call to learn that mental health issues are just as valid and important to address as problems that physically manifest. 

“I wanted to encapsulate the maddening feeling of being trapped in a vicious cycle in your own head,and especially show that just because it’s all in your head, doesn’t at all detract from how real and potent that feeling can be,” singer Chrissy Costanza says. 

This premise of “again&again” is emphasized in the track’s video, where Costanza unlocks door after door only to keep ending up in the same room. She keeps trying to find a different place, but each room is the same until the last one, much like one can feel trapped in their own mind.

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With a cold color palette, the visual connects to the song’s emotional uncertainty and confusion. However, the lighting melds into warmer orange and pink tones during guardin’s verse and then for the rest of the song. He is a stark contrast to Costanza’s voice, blending together just the right amount of smooth vocals with the harder elements of his verse.

“We were also really stoked to work with guardin,” Costanza continues. “He completely captured the essence of the song in his lyrics and the raw emotion of his delivery. It was such a blast getting to be the three of us in person again. After ‘that won’t save us,’ restrictions had tightened up so everything we’d done since was remote until this shoot. Though we were able to get creative with the distance, nothing compares to being together in real life again.”

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Similar to the emotional tones of “again&again,” fever will see Against The Current touch on many other issues. The work’s title itself is in reference to battling adversity and growing from the pain.

“Throughout our lives we ebb and flow through stages of death, rebirth, growth and so the cycle continues,” Costanza says. “Yet sometimes the metaphorical dying aspect can be quite painful, or we may attempt to prolong the inevitable. Fevers occur when the body is trying to battle an infection, and sometimes our lives become infected as well. This EP is about the fever, burning out the infection within us and around us, so something new can be born.”

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“again&again” is the third single from the EP, following rock anthem “weapon” and “that won’t save us.” Produced by Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, Ariana Grande), “that won’t stop me” saw Against The Current return to their roots in guitar-driven songs.

You can watch the visual for “again&again” below. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

fever tracklist

  1. “that won’t save us”
  2. “weapon”
  3. “again&again (featuring guardin)”
  4. “jump”
  5. “shatter”
  6. “burn it down”
  7. “lullaby”

“again&again” lyrics

My body’s a temple
crowded with ghosts
hard as I try
i’m never alone
Hear me out
Yeah I keep it together
Like a smattering of addicts in the dark
Yeah I keep it together
It’s a place where

monsters walk around
how did silence get so loud?

now it’s’ all in my head, in my head, in my head, in my head
It’s over and over again and again and again and again, yeah
can somebody stop time
keep my hands from shaking
i’ve tried but somehow i’m breaking
again and again and again and again, yeahIt’s over and over again

I’m scared to wake them, scared to move
So I tiptoe around the room
Hear me out
Yeah I keep it together
Cause we all got thoughts we never say out loud
And just keep them forever
It’s a place where 

monsters walk around
how did silence get so loud?

now it’s’ all in my head, in my head, in my head, in my head
It’s over and over again and again and again and again, yeah
can somebody stop time
keep my hands from shaking
i’ve tried but somehow i’m breaking
again and again and again and again, yeah
It’s over and over again

wait for the silence
forsaking serenity
internal dialogue
voice of the enemy
lost in a world where the seams burst so readily
i wasn’t ready to disperse this energy
i wasn’t ready to pick up and go
head vs heart they keep telling me no
now & again i’ve been losing control
left all alone

now it’s’ all in my head, in my head, in my head, in my head
It’s over and over again and again and again and again, yeah
can somebody stop time
keep my hands from shaking
i’ve tried but somehow i’m breaking
again and again and again and again, yeah
It’s over and over again