Gig Review: As It Is at 02 ABC

as it is gig glasgow the student advertiserFrom the sun soaked Vans Warped Tour in America, to the just plain soaked O2 ABC in Glasgow, UK based pop-punk up and comers, As it Is supported Lower Than Atlantis in the final show of their tour promoting their newest album Never Happy, Ever After. From small beginnings, frontman and well known Youtuber, Patty Waters, posted an ad on ‘Join My Band’ in 2012 looking for musicians to play with.

Soon after; Benjamin Biss, Alistair Testo, Andy Westhead and Patrick Foley came together to form the band. They quickly began touring Europe, cultivating a devoted following and eventually became the first UK band to sign to Fearless Records in October 2014.

As it Is’ set list was packed, playing songs mostly from their new album, but also making room for known crowd pleasers ‘Horoscopes’ and ‘Can’t Save Myself’ from the 2014 album, This Mind of Mine. But it was ‘Dial Tones’ which stole the show – generating the most buzz and reaction from the crowd, being one of their best received songs. One fan outside the venue told TSA; “Speak Soft always gets the crowd moving, it’s definitely their best song”

As they were the supporting act, most of the crowd were there to see the headliners but this clearly didn’t stop the whole crowd from enjoying their set, whether or not this was their first time seeing As it Is live. One fan commented: “First time seeing As it Is live and they were amazing”, which seemed to be the general feeling in the crowd.

Overall, As it Is performed a fantastic show, their unique brand of transatlantic pop-punk always gets the best reactions from both their loyal fans and whatever audience they are playing for.

Frontman, Patty’s personality showed too, occasionally sharing a word or two with the audience. It’s clear As it Is are a band which values their fans greatly, with their rapid growth being partly owed to them, and partly owed to their virtuoso musicianship. It is clear from the crowd’s reaction that those who hadn’t known much of As it Is, will certainly remember them from now on.

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