Okay. As It Is

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