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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…

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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.

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