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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]

 

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As It Is – Okay.

Okay. opens with the second track released from the era in the shape of Pretty Little Distance. Its video set out the first filmed interpretation of the style with swing dancers dressed in 50s outfits and the song somehow holds some of that swing within its pop punk beats. The solo towards the end sounds like it is taken straight from a rock & roll track in the period. Fast, tom-heavy drum verse parts fuel the emotive lyrics throughout and the layering of vocals allows for a fuller, more whole sound.

This is followed up with lead single Okay. which gave fans the first taste of the era pre-release. The song features a soaring chorus with a slightly more punchy verse that gives a fuller flavour of the album that contrasts nicely with Pretty Little Distance. The lyrics here are deeper than the previous track as Patty admits how he’s “felt a year’s worth of hurt and sadness catching up” and clearly felt brutally low while turning this track from words on a page to a stage-filler as it has turned out.

One of the standout songs is Hey Rachel, which is written as an apology to one of the sisters of the members of the band (presumably with a name change). The piece has one of the best choruses and emotive lyrics apologising for not being there when she needed someone, admitting faults of being “selfish and stubborn” and “a terrible brother”. The whole song feels like it is in some kind of desperation to close a guilt and move forward in the relationship.

The album closes on a strong sentiment with penultimate track The Coast Is Where Home Is provides a sentimental look back at the roots of As It Is on the UK’s south coast which has provided so many new bands with a shot at the big leagues in recent months and years. This being followed by Still Remembering creates closure for the album. It acts as the slowest-tempo song on the record which asks whether it is “remembering, still remembering or forgetting” in terms of happy memories.

Overall, a step up from anything As It Is have released before. If anything, a whole album viewing of Okay. seems like the natural progression from the EPs before Never Happy, Ever After in the styling of a more centre-spectrum rather than the debut’s more pop-end style. A very good release that sees the band hit their stride more confidently than ever.

Preorder the album here or here on iTunes.

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