Current – Discography 1992-1994

Current
Discography 1992-1994

Let’s see. 1992. I was just entering college, and I was a classic rock fan. Over the next year or two, I rapidly changed my musical tastes, coming to love new and modern rock and moving into the indie rock category. But oh how I feel I wasted some of the best years of music.
It was in the mid 1990s that emo really developed. Bands like Rites of Spring, Indian Summer, Swing Kids, and Current were creating a new style of powerful, post-punk hardcore with intense guitars and vocals. And although all of these bands are no more today, their music is just as relevant now as it was then.
I spent about six months searching for this album, Current’s entire discography, finally getting it from Council Records. And I feel, after listening to these songs only a few times, that I already know most of them by heart. The music is powerful and emotional, ripping right at your soul. The vocals are screamed but always comprehensible. And there’s an intensity here unmatched by bands today.
“Basis” is my favorite song by the band, having a very Indian Summer style feel and alternating between moments of almost silent, bass-heavy soft speaking and moments of intense and blistering shouting. “Continued Rantings” is another favorite, with blistering, almost screeching guitars and great shouted vocals. “Leech” shows the early melodic guitars and powerful bass, with shouted vocals underneath: “And they are screaming. So sick of reaching. So tired of breathing. So sick of making excuses for you. And maybe we had it wrong this time.” And songs like “Bastille” show the other side, the frantic, powerful side of blistering rhythm and vocals and even hints of the band’s punk stylings. There’s even something of a more glam feel to the echoed vocals and atmosphere on the rocking “Monument.” And the ending, as the singer repeats to ever slowing and then building rock, “There will be no more Westminster,” this song takes on anthemic proportions. I really dig the little groove on “Representation” and the hints of regular singing on “Dial.” “Bag of Threads” shows how moody and gloomy this band can get, and “Ruin” has to be one of the band’s most intense efforts with a stellar bass line throughout. Right around the moody and just slightly mellow “Coliseum,” the band starts to take on a new maturity, reaching their later stages. “She Can’t Write” shows the band at their tightest, with melodic guitars and bass one moment, ripping guitar and screams the next. “Could I,” however, is very loose and has some strange vocal styles, almost as if about to start rapping. The style for the remaining songs is clearly getting more modern, more into a Tool-like metal-esque sound.
Fans of hardcore or emo simply must find this album. All of the best power-rock songs of Current together on one amazing discography. The band shows how to create moving, momentus rock, powerful and intense and so rocking. This is great stuff, and so many of today’s bands owe Current a debt of gratitude for their influence.