As It Is (band)

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As It Is
As It Is in performance (SXSW 2015).jpg
As It Is performing at South by So What?! in Dallas, Texas. From left to right: Andy Westhead, Alistair Testo, Patty Walters, Patrick Foley, and Benjamin Langford-Biss.
Background information
Origin Brighton, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active 2012–present
Labels Fearless
Website asitisofficial.com
Members
  • Patty Walters
  • Patrick Foley
  • Benjamin Langford-Biss
  • Alistair Testo
Past members
  • James Fox
  • Andy Westhead

As It Is (often stylised as ΛS IT IS or Λ\\) is a British rock band based in Brighton, England. The band was formed in 2012, and signed to Fearless Records on 2 October 2014.[3] The group consists of lead vocalist Patty Walters, guitarist and vocalist Ben Langford-Biss, bassist Alistair Testo, and drummer Patrick Foley.

The band has released four EPs and three albums, titled Never Happy, Ever After, which was released by Fearless Records on 20 April 2015 in Europe and on 21 April 2015 in the US.[4] okay., which was released on 20 January 2017[5] and The Great Depression, released 10 August 2018

History[edit]

Formation, debut album, okay. (2012–present)[edit]

As It Is was started in spring 2012[6] by Minnesota-born Patty Walters, who posted an advertisement stating that he was looking for musicians to be in a pop punk band using the online service Join My Band.[7] Andy Westhead and Patrick Foley replied to the advertisement and were accepted into the band[8] along with Benjamin Langford-Biss who Walters knew from university. The band's name comes from a lyric in a song by the American straight edge hardcore band Have Heart.

Walters began his own career by posting videos on his YouTube channel of songs he covered. After the band's formation, instead of just a solo cover, the band as a whole worked on a cover of Fat Lip by Sum 41. As the band's career started to gain more traction, he posted less often until he finally announced in the video titled "A New Chapter." that he would go on an undetermined hiatus for the channel and would be focusing his efforts on As It Is.

The band played local shows for the first couple of years before their first few tours shortly after releasing their fourth EP This Mind of Mine, touring the UK and Europe. The band received a large response from these tours and signed to Fearless Records in October 2014, becoming the first UK band to sign to the label.[9] The band members began working on the group's debut full-length album in 2014 in Florida with producer James Paul Wisner.[10]

The band's debut full-length, Never Happy, Ever After was released on 20 April 2015 in Europe and the following in the United States under Fearless Records.[11][12] Three singles were released from the album, "Dial Tones",[13] "Concrete"[12] and "Cheap Shots & Setbacks".[14]

The band performed at every date on the 2015 edition of Warped Tour.[15] The band performed at the 2015 Reading and Leeds Festivals Festivals in the United Kingdom.[16][17]

Their second album, okay. was released on 20 January 2017.

In October 2017 Westhead departed from the band due to "feelings and differences [that] had been building up".[18]

The band recorded their third record in Texas in January 2018 and started teasing new music in May with cryptic messages on their social media accounts.

They released their third record, "The Great Depression" on 10 August 2018.

Style and influences[edit]

As It Is has been described as a pop punk band with a "melodic, earnest, emo-inspired" sound, compared to the early material of Taking Back Sunday and The Starting Line.[19] The Wonder Years has been listed as a big influence.[20] Never Happy, Ever After has been described as emo[21] and pop punk.[21][22]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[23]
AUS
[24]
US
[25]
Never Happy, Ever After 39 159
okay.
  • Released: 20 January 2017[27]
  • Label: Fearless (FEAR00137)
  • Format: CD, DL, LP
48 96
The Great Depression
  • Released: 10 August 2018[28]
  • Label: Fearless
  • Format: CD, CS, DL, LP
29 198

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title EP details
Two Track
  • Released: 28 May 2012[29]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: DL
Blenheim Place
  • Released: 15 April 2013[30]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: DL
Blenheim Place Acoustic
  • Released: 21 October 2013[31]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: DL
This Mind of Mine[nb 1]
  • Released: 9 March 2014[33]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, DL, 7" vinyl

Singles[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Dial Tones"[34] 2015 Never Happy, Ever After
"Cheap Shots & Setbacks"[34]
"Concrete"[34]
"Okay"[35] 2016 Okay.
"Pretty Little Distance"[36]
"No Way Out"
"The Wounded World"[28] 2018 The Great Depression
"The Stigma (Boys Don't Cry)"
"The Fire, The Dark"

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director
"Upswing" 2013
"Can't Save Myself" 2014 Ian Coulson
"Dial Tones" 2015 Chris Porter[37]
"Cheap Shots & Setbacks"
"Speak Soft" LifeIsArtVisuals[38]
"Winter's Weather" 2016 Ian Coulson
"Pretty Little Distance" Joshua Halling[39]
"Okay"
"Hey Rachel" 2017 Joshua Halling
"No Way Out"
"The Wounded World" 2018 Our World Is Grey
"The Stigma (Boys Don't Cry)" 2018 Our World Is Grey

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Patty Walters - lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2012–present)
  • Benjamin Langford-Biss – rhythm guitar, vocals (2012–present)
  • Patrick Foley – drums, percussion (2012–present)
  • Alistair Testo – bass guitar, backing vocals (2014–present)

Former members

  • James Fox – bass guitar (2012–2013)
  • Andy Westhead – lead guitar (2012-2017)

Touring musicians

  • Ronnie Ish – lead guitar (2018)

Festivals[edit]

2015

References[edit]

Footnotes

  1. ^ Pressed on vinyl through Mutant League in November 2014.[32]

Citations

  1. ^ "As It is release new song and announce album". Altpress. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  2. ^ "As It Is sign to Fearless Records". Altpress. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  3. ^ Sharp, Tyler. "As It Is sign to Fearless Records". AltPress.com. Alternative Press.
  4. ^ Sharp, Tyler. "As It Is stream "Concrete" from new album, 'Never Happy, Ever After' - Alternative Press". AltPress.com. Alternative Press. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  5. ^ Maggie, Dickman (22 September 2016). "As It Is announce new album, release new song—listen". Alternative Press. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ Biddulph 2015, p. 36
  7. ^ "As It Is - DSCVR Interview". YouTube.com. DSCVR. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  8. ^ "5 Things You Never Knew About... As It Is". YouTube.com. Rock Sound. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  9. ^ "As It Is Have Become The First UK Band To Sign To Fearless Records. Like, Ever". Rock Sound Magazine.
  10. ^ "James Paul Wisner - Credits". AllMusic.com. All Music. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Never Happy, Ever After on Amazon". Amazon.co.uk. Amazon. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  12. ^ a b Sharp, Tyler (3 March 2015). "As It Is stream "Concrete" from new album, 'Never Happy, Ever After'". AltPress.com. Alternative Press. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  13. ^ Carter, Emily (20 January 2015). "As It Is Debut New Single and Video For Dial Tones". Kerrang.com. Kerrang!. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  14. ^ Carter, Emily (14 April 2015). "As It Is Unveil New Song, Cheap Shots & Set Backs". Kerrang.com. Kerrang!. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  15. ^ a b Chepurny, Gabi (8 April 2015). "Warped Tour Announces Summer 2015 Lineup, Free Tickets for Parents, Comedy Slate". Billboard.com. Billboard. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Reading Line-Up - As It Is". ReadingFestival.com. Reading Festival. Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Leeds Festival Line-Up - As It Is". LeedsFestival.com. Leeds Festival. Archived from the original on 29 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  18. ^ "As It Is part ways with guitarist Andy Westhead - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  19. ^ Monger, Timothy. "As It Is | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  20. ^ James (14 April 2015). "My Record Collection by As It Is". HMV. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  21. ^ a b Monger, Timothy. "Never Happy, Ever After - As It Is - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  22. ^ Marvel, Emillie (22 April 2015). "Album Review: As It Is – Never Happy, Ever After | idobi Network". Idobi.com. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  23. ^ "AS IT IS". officialcharts.com.
  24. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #405". auspOp. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  25. ^ "As It Is Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  26. ^ "As It Is Just Dropped A MASSIVE New Song". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  27. ^ Dickman, Maggie (22 September 2016). "As It Is announce new album, release new song—listen". Alternative Press. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  28. ^ a b Jamieson, Brii (17 May 2018). "Welcome to the new era of As It Is: 'The Great Depression'". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Two Track - AS IT IS". AS IT IS. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  30. ^ "Blenheim Place - AS IT IS". AS IT IS. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  31. ^ "Blenheim Place Acoustic - AS IT IS". AS IT IS. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  32. ^ "As It Is EP Coming To Vinyl". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  33. ^ "This Mind of Mine - AS IT IS". AS IT IS. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  34. ^ a b c Timothy Monger. "As It Is - Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  35. ^ "Okay - As It Is | Release Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  36. ^ "Pretty Little Distance - As It Is | Release Info". Alternative Press. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  37. ^ "As It Is - Behind the Scenes of "Dial Tones"". YouTube.com. Fearless Records. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  38. ^ Fearless Records (10 November 2015). As It Is - Speak Soft (Official Music Video). YouTube. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  39. ^ Fearless Records (13 October 2016). As It Is - Pretty Little Distance (Official Music Video). YouTube. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  40. ^ "As It Is - Vans Warped Tour". VansWarpedTour.com. Vans Warped Tour. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.

Sources

  • Biddulph, Andy (April 2015). Bird, Ryan, ed. "New Noise: As It Is". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (198). ISSN 1465-0185.

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