Monday, 13 August 2018

As It Is @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

In honour of As It Is releasing their new album, The Great Depression, I thought I'd share some photos from our trip to see them in Nottingham at the start of The end of Okay. tour.

I've got a lot of time for As It Is - not only do they write absolute bangers (and I mean literally almost every single song is gold), but they stand for something too, and their position in the music scene right now is undeniably important. The guys are very outspoken on issues like mental health, and work with organisations such as Hope for the Day to spread this message. The okay. album in itself is brutally honest and open about their struggles, which is refreshing and welcome in a music scene that is so male-dominated. 

The show itself - back in early March - was all round excellent. With killer supports like Grayscale, WSTR and Like Pacific, we were already in for a treat, but As It Is knocked it completely out of the park and then some. I'd seen them originally the October before, as the main support on Neck Deep's The Peace and the Panic tour, and got really into their music since then. The okay. album is solid gold - highlights including, but by no means limited to, Until I Return, Pretty Little Distance, The Coast is Where Home Is, and No Way Out. Not to mention their previous album Never Happy, Ever After, with the rock solid bops that are Dial Tones, Speak Soft and Concrete. Their set was excellent from start to finish - they exceeded all my expectations and just brought us a fucking good time, which is what you want, right?

I was lucky enough to catch them on Warped Tour a few weeks ago and hear new bops The Wounded World and The Stigma (Boys Don't Cry) live - TGD's third single, The Fire, The Dark really goes off too (see what I mean when I say they genuinely can't write a bad song?). I'm properly getting into the rest of the album at the minute (I also love the title-track and The Handwritten Letter a lot), and I can't wait to hear some of the new tracks live in the future (hopefully!).  

You can listen to their entire setlist from their Nottingham show on my Spotify below - as well as a few tracks from their supports on the night. Check out The Great Depression too, and finally: if you haven’t yet listened to Grayscale, do it. You won’t be disappointed.

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