As It Is About
As It Is are a British-American pop-punk band that formed in 2012 when American frontman Patty Walters wanted to start a group. Rhythm guitarist and secondary vocalist Ben Biss was a friend of Walter’s from university, and joined the band alongside drummer Patrick Foley, guitarist Andy Westhead, and bassist James Fox.
Two Track, the bands first release, was uploaded to As It Is' Bandcamp page in 2012. It was then followed by their debut EP Blenheim Place, named after the street in Brighton that Patty grew up on, in April 2013. They released an acoustic rendition of the EP on October 21st 2013 titled Blenheim Place Acoustic, which included the previously unreleased track “Map & Compass”. Founding bassist James Fox also left during 2013, who was then replaced with Alastair Testo in 2014.
This Mind Of Mine was released on March 9th 2014, which sparked the band to go on its first headline tour after the release of the music video for the single “Can’t Save Myself”, which was later included on their debut album. The EP caught the attention of US label Fearless Records, and they ended up becoming the first UK band signed to the label.
Their debut album, Never Happy, Ever After, was released on April 20th 2015 through Fearless Records. The album spawned three singles and earned As It Is 19th place on Rocksound’s Top 50 Releases of 2015. The deluxe edition was released on April 8th 2016, which included acoustic renditions of the three album singles and a new track titled “Winter’s Weather”.
2017 saw the band release their sophomore album okay. in January, featuring a more polish pop-rock style in comparison to their previous works. 2017 also saw the band part ways with founding guitarist Andy Westhead in October, citing “feelings and differences” between Westhead and the rest of the band as the reason. Following fallout regarding allegations against their touring replacement, Arthur Walwin, the band announced that they would be “continuing as a four piece indefinitely, in one form or another”.
In 2018, third album The Great Depression was announced, a concept album about the romanticization of depression in today’s society. Once again, this album was a departure from their previous works, providing a harsher, emo inspired sound reminiscent of bands such as Funeral for a Friend, Hundred Reasons and My Chemical Romance. Following this release, lead guitarist Ronnie Ish joined their lineup.
August 2019, rhythm guitarist and secondary vocalist Ben Biss announced he’d be leaving the band after one last tour in mainland Europe and the UK.