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Live: As It Is, O2 Academy 2 Birmingham – 13/3/2018

The night had sold out in advance and the room was pretty filled up before Grayscale kicked off. With the crowd already starting to crowdsurf within minutes of the band playing, the keen fans were obviously ready for showing the supporting acts a good time. They embodied the ‘typical’ pop punk aesthetic with each member jumping and spinning around on stage, providing a lively stage presence which warmed up the crowd nicely. As It Is frontman Patty Walters bounced onto the stage for Come Undone, to which the crowd predictably went wild. A strong set to open the show. [8/10]

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As with Grayscale, Like Pacific carried on the energy with Jordan Black’s harmonic vocals, driving guitar chords and upbeat drum rhythms. The tightness of their recorded music was present throughout the set, being displayed in tracks like Richmond22A and Commitment, which went down a treat with the onlookers. The crowdsurfers kept coming over the barrier, only growing in number for each supporting act – an exciting prospect for the headliners’ set. [7/10]

The main support came in the form of Liverpool pop punks WSTR. Boasting catchy guitar licks and a slightly heavier pop punk sound than the previous bands, they took to the stage with captivating stage presence as they displayed their experience. Playing material from their Red, Green or Inbetween including Footsteps and Nail The Casket with confidence took even the most reserved audience members into the pit, and the retention of older material from EP SKRWD had the fans bouncing around to South Drive and Graveyard ShiftWSTR know how to please fans of both the old and new, and they may well have won over a few more that night. [8/10]

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Finally, headlining act As It Is graced the stage. Adorned with cut outs and plans of the Okay. album artwork for the OKAY. UK tour, the stage was set for the eagerly awaited return. The band got up on stage a tad too early for their intro, but having to redo their big entrance didn’t slow them down for a second. Each member ran onstage to a roaring crowd, and the fans wasted no time in bringing a formidable amount of energy for their set.  Newer tracks  No Way Out and Curtains Close show the pop punk prowess developed in the eight years of honing their craft, while older tracks Bitter, Broken Me and (the now incredibly rare addition to the setlist) Often showed the hysterical crowd how far they have come in that time. Until I Return saw Patty encourage a circle pit and the crowd happily obliged – willingness to get involved in the pushing and jumping was a given at a pop punk gig.

CO2 jets setting off streams of smoke perfectly timed to the beats of the song brought the set together as a more polished whole. Patty Walters asserted his usual lovable, animated stage presence,  putting the mic to the crowd and bouncing off the energy from the crowd throughout the entire set. Crowd surfers sailing over the top of the barrier in succession, an endless loop of die-hard fans, singing and finger pointing as they reach the stage. Patty slowed things down for a second, he presented a heartfelt monologue about getting through hard times before their track Still Remembering. Lastly, concluding with an encore of Okay and Dial Tones, As It Is finished their momentous set with a bang – a fitting way to end an era. [9/10]

 

HIGHLIVES Release New Video

Bristol’s pop-punk outfit HIGHLIVES have recently released their newest single Nothing Left, their previous EP titled Misguided garnered them huge attention and resulted in them sharing stages with bands like Neck Deep and As It Is.

“The track explores how a negative mind-set can push someone away in a romantic relationship whilst reflecting on the feelings that come with the absence of a loved one.” – HIGHLIVES

Check out the lyric video for Nothing Left below:

Catch the band at the following dates:

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday 20th – Exchange, Bristol (w/ Milestones & Gospel Youth)

Saturday 30th – Deadbolt Festival, Manchester

NOVEMBER

Thursday 9th – The Ballroom, Canterbury

Friday 10th – Harvey’s, Luton

Saturday 11th – The Attic, Torquay

Sunday 12th – Crofter’s Rights, Bristol

Northbound announce new EP

Northbound have announced they will release their new EP “The Flaws Of Everything” on the 21st April.

The track “Fade To Black” was premiered last night on BBC Radio 1 during Dan Carter’s show, check out the video for the track below:

Track Listing:

1. Fade to Black

2. Well Water

3. Suitor Type

4. Tell Me Something Good

5. Lonely Squid

Pre-Order “The Flaws Of Everything” below:
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Northbound are currently on tour with State Champs and As It Is  at the following dates

Feb 28th – Luxor Koln, Germany
Mar 1st – Logo Hamburg, Germany
Mar 2nd – BI NUU Berlin, Germany
Mar 3rd – Arena Vienna, Austria
Mar 5th – Legend Club Milan, Italy
Mar 6th – Die Stadtmitte Karlsruhe, Germany
Mar 7th – Trix Antwerp, Belgium
Mar 9th – Engine Rooms Southampton, United Kingdom
Mar 10th – O2 Academy Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom
Mar 11th – O2 Ritz Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 13th – Riverside Newcastle, United Kingdom
Mar 14th – O2 ABC Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 16th – Beckett Leeds, United Kingdom
Mar 17th – O2 Institute Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mar 18th – O2 Forum London, United Kingdom

Northbound links

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As It Is announce main support State Champs

It has been announced that New York’s State Champs will be supporting As It Is on their UK headline tour.

The tour kicks off on 9th March in Southampton and will end in London on the 18th. The tour follows the unveiling of As It Is’ new album Okay which will be released on 20th January.

Speaking of the upcoming album, vocalist Patty Walters said: “These are by far the most personal and honest songs we’ve ever written. We made a conscious effort to truly push ourselves musically and lyrically, to create something that didn’t feel entirely safe or calculated. We wrote songs about our families, our personal lives, and our struggles more vulnerably than ever before, hoping to encapsulate sincere moments in our lives. We feel a huge sense of pride having created this record, and we’re immensely excited to share it with the world. We love and cherish you all for supporting us and giving us this opportunity.”

Check out the video for the title track Okay below.

 

As It Is Reveal New Album Details

Brighton’s As It Is prepare to release new album okay. Working with producer Mike Green (All Time Low, Pierce The Veil), the Pop-Punkers aim to bring a relatable and deeply personal story to the band’s audience – a conceptual world that puts listeners into the band’s shoes and conveys a common realisation that it’s “okay to not be okay.”

The band’s second record with Fearless Records will arrive early next year and vocalist Patty Walters had the following to say about it :

“We made a conscious effort to truly push ourselves musically and lyrically, to create something that didn’t feel entirely safe or calculated. We wrote songs about our families, our personal lives, and our struggles more vulnerably than ever before, hoping to encapsulate sincere moments in our lives. We feel a huge sense of pride having created this record, and we’re immensely excited to share it with the world. We love and cherish you all for supporting us and giving us this opportunity.”

You can hear the title track from the upcoming album right here :

okay is out via Fearless Records on January 20th, with pre-orders starting October 14th here. In the meantime, check out the band on one of the many worldwide tour dates below :

w/ AGAINST THE CURRENT 
Sep 23 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK @ Riverside
Sep 24 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus
Sep 26 – Belfast, UK @ Mandela Hall
Sep 27 – Dublin, Ireland @ Academy
Sep 28 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
Sep 30 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
October 1 – Birmingham @ The Asylum
October 2 – Manchester @ Academy 2

w/ SUM 41 and SENSES FAIL
Oct 5 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Oct 7 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Oct 8 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Oct 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Oct 11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Oct 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Oct 13 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Oct 14 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
Oct 17 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Oct 18 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
Oct 19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Oct 21 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Oct 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Oct 25 – Edmonton @ Union Hall
Oct 26 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Oct 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Oct 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Oct 30 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Nov 1 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Nov 2 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
Nov 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Livewire
Nov 5 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater

HEADLINE
Tue 31 Jan 2017 – Perth YMCA HQ AA
Wed 01 Feb 2017 – Perth Rosemount Hotel 18+
Thu 02 Feb 2017 – Brisbane The Brightside 18+
Fri 03 Feb 2017 – Brisbane The Lab AA
Sat 04 Feb 2017 – Sydney The Factory Floor 18+
Sun 05 Feb 2017 – Sydney The Lair AA
Tue 07 Feb 2017 – Newcastle Drone AA
Fri 10 Feb 2017 – Melbourne The Evelyn Hotel 18+
Sat 11 Feb 2017 – Melbourne The Evelyn Hotel AA
Sun 12 Feb 2017 – Adelaide Fowler’s Live Lic AA

As It Is – Never Happy, Ever After (Deluxe Edition) [EP]

The Never Happy Every After (Deluxe Edition) from As It Is offers fans a teaser of new material from the band. Brand new song,Winters Weather is a fairly laid back song compared to some of their previous work. It has a more mature sound and relaxed feel with a solid drum and bassline that work perfectly together and with the rest of the band. Patty Walter’s vocals are on point with passion and depth and back-up vocals from Ben Biss add profound complexity as usual. Hopefully this is a preview of more to come from AII.

Along with this and the original 11 tracks, the deluxe edition also includes acoustic versions of hits from the first album, Cheap Shots, Dial Tones and Concrete featuring Ansley Newman. The three songs are suitably stripped back leaving the guys to be musically exposed creating for an almost tranquil sense. A softer side to Ben’s vocals is also shown through these songs, especially Dial Tones and although his familiar gritty tone is fantastic, it is good to hear a smoother tone from him. The choice to include Ansley Newman in the acoustic version of Concrete is pure genius. Her sound teams perfectly with Patty and gives the song an entirely new twist and tone that is gold to listen to. The EP will certainly give fans itchy feat for a second album of new tracks as it is now time for the guys to start releasing even more new music.

[9/10]

Check out the video for Winters Weather here, the deluxe EP is available to buy and download now.

LIVE REVIEW: As It Is | The Deaf Institute Manchester | 24/05/16

HAIR! Hair everywhere – a pop-punk filled night at The Deaf Institute was kicked off with Jules Vera and first impressions were that you had to have hair at least down to your shoulders to be in this band. As the five-piece found their places in front of the northern audience, they looked a little cramped and slightly awkward on the small stage. However, this awkwardness soon ironed out as the band got playing songs from their album Friendly Enemies. Singer Ansley Newman mixed things up with the company of a ukulele for two songs throughout the set and her vocals were truly enchanting for the bands duration. Although every member played an important part successfully, multi-instrumentalist Jake Roland was clearly a highlight. His display of innovative guitar work, solos and riffs were simply excellent and really elevated Jule Vera to their full potential.
The band displayed diversity with an instrumental including great use of a floor tom drum as Ansley passed a smaller drum across the front row to hold while she played it. This was greeted with their biggest reaction of the night and was followed by a beautiful performance of Scarlet Letter, which consisted of a charming duet showing off stunning vocals and accompanying keyboard from Jake. One thing that was unfortunately lacking was stage chemistry between entire band, it wasn’t awful but it was by no means matched up to the standard of the music they were producing.
[7/10]

Jule Vera
Jule Vera – Credit to Jade Falconer Photography

With Confidence were up next and they unquestionably lived up to their name. Bracing the stage pumped up and ready to go, showing Jule Vera how it should be done, they had the crowd in the palm of their hand from the off. Having half the crowd who were clearly fans of the band already on side, With Confidence set off on persuading the other half to join them. Their performance had elements that were reminiscent of mid-90s pop punk, which worked really well with their modern edge to create a unique sound for the genre. It was obvious the guys were having the time of their lives on stage and this fun spilled through to their interaction with the crowd.
It was guitarist Luke Rockets birthday and a pizza with candles on was brought out as both band and audience sang ‘happy birthday’ to him. This was a pinnacle moment as the whole place seemed to be at ease after this and everyone was having fun. Stand out songs in the set were Higher and Godzilla not because they were performed any better than the other songs but because there was just something about them. The crowd fed off this, creating an unforgettable atmosphere around the room. They were a perfect pop-punk band complete with crowd banter, catchy songs and mosh pits. With Confidence kindly brought the Sydney sunshine to their music and happily shared it with everyone there.

[7/10]

With Confidence - Credit to Jade Falconer Photography
With Confidence – Credit to Jade Falconer Photography

As It Is opened up to a packed out venue with Speak Soft and it was the ideal choice to invigorate the crowd as well as the band. First impressions were, sadly, somewhat disappointing as sound levels were off. Thankfully after the first few songs – which included some older tunes that dedicated fans loved – everything was sorted and Patty Walter’s adored vocals could be heard properly. The band played all the fan favorites and they practically burst off the stage with conviction. Patty summed up the audience’s reaction, “When you guys jump, it feels like this stage is about to break down. So let’s see if we can make that happen.” They inevitably obliged, however fortunately the stage remained intact.

The chemistry between every single guy on the stage was brilliant, anyone expecting to see ‘The Patty Walters Show’ was mistaken. It was fantastic to hear a smoother side to Ben Foley’s vocals at appropriate times during the set. Seeing the renowned dynamic of Ben’s grittier vocals against Patty’s more pop sound coming to life on stage was a remarkable experience. Although Patty’s vocals were a little higher pitched than their recorded tracks, he was still a pleasure to listen to and the rest of the band played their parts near perfect to their album.

The band are notorious for their passion and energy on stage and this gig was no different, nevertheless things slowed down toward the end. Everyone apart from Patty exited the stage while he gave a heart-felt speech about how much their fans mean to the band he then continued to talk about his personal struggles he has gone through mentally and offered advice to anyone going through something similar. This was aptly shadowed by an acoustic performance of My Oceans Were Lakes. This performance was like watching Patty’s journey from being a solo artist on Youtube to being in this successful band personified on stage. It was a spine-tingling experience. As It Is effectively put on the show that every fan wanted to see.

[8/10]

Ben Foley of As It Is - Credit to Jade Falconer Photography
Ben Biss of As It Is – Credit to Jade Falconer Photography