Last Thursday night the Great Depression Tour consisting of all types of bands like As it Is, Sharptooth, Hold Close and Point North. Though this show was a mixture of genres there was on consistent theme for this show… All the bands ROCKED. This review though… is about As It Is. Never listening to their music other then the hits I decided it was about time I dove deeper into this band. Their concept album, the Great Depression, released late summer last year and I have to say I am disappointed in myself that I slept on it. Taking steps away from their real pop-punk sound they added a much more alternative edge to their music which to me has similarities to the band, The Used’s more recent albums. Though they have similarities in sound, this record stands on its own.
The concept album tells a story of an individual that is dealing living in our world today. A world where because of the world of media tarnishes just about everything, specifically the topic of mental health. The stigma that is portrayed that “boys don’t cry” but coming full circle to that individual coming to acceptance that its is OKAY to not be okay. This record from front to back is a must listen as the emotions of the story match the peaks and valleys of each song, and for a concept album the track placement was SUPERB.
After taking a few full listens through, and listening to Shane Told’s podcast, Lead Singer Syndrome’s most recent episode with front man, Patty Walters, I became really pumped to cover this show. The music has grown on me big time and after learning more about the album and its concept I was ready to be their and…..the show you ask? IT ROCKED. A cold walk from where I parked to the venue, The End, it wasn’t exactly what I anticipated with it being my first time to most of these Nashville venues but man did I feel at home. For all those in the NJ region picture a venue with the Brighton Bar vibe and you will be home. A packed house, cheap beer… It was time to finally cover this show. Battling the swaying of the crowd I was able to manage some workable photos that I can say I was really happy with given the setting. Every song the crowd grew louder and louder you can tell everyone in that room felt what was being put into that room and it was electric. Sometimes not being able to hear myself think the crowd pushed forward to sing every word back to the Brighton UK Based band. That being said, this band has a lot on the horizon and their sound and image alone scream this. A nice mixture of pop punk and alternative edge I feel like sky is the limit for this band. Its only a matter of time that they catch on more and more and more. Having relate-able lyrics that stick with you with such catchy melodies you are bound to get hooked. This show was well worth all the sweat it provided.