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After tackling mental health on last year’s OKAY., AS IT IS are taking these dark themes one step further in their next era. This, then, is THE GREAT DEPRESSION…
Things have changed in the As It Is camp. While the quartet’s brand of pop-punk has always had an underlying sense of bleakness, the Brighton band are now fully embracing this darkness – and not just with Patty Walters’ new hair colour.
Alongside news of their third album The Great Depression (due out on August 10 via Fearless Records), As It Is recently unleashed new single The Wounded World with a bold accompanying video depicting “a not-so-distant dystopia, where presentday headlines and technologies are displayed in exhibits as the warning signs of an impending disaster”.
Unsurprisingly, such gloomy subjects are relayed in conceptual form on As It Is’ forthcoming full-length, with Patty’s lyrics being “told through the story of a man who finds himself face-to-face with Death”. Questioning “the societal romanticisation of depression”, as well as “the disrepair of present-day human connection”, it’s safe to say The Great Depression isn’t your average pop-punk album. But treating these topics with the sensitivity they deserve is the ultimate priority here, with the band “working alongside incredible non-profits, donating proceeds to worthy causes, and using our music in hopes of creating a positive change” in their latest chapter. Now there’s something we can all get behind.