REVIEW: As It Is Has Emotions Running High On Their 'The Great Depression Tour Act II'


The Great Depression is pop-punk band As It Is' latest record and it's quite frankly a work of art. The album feels reckless and builds off high-energy. Listeners can feel the passion this band has for the music and the message behind their songs.


As It Is brought their 'The Great Depression Tour Act II: North America' to Columbus OH., on Feb. 14, at Woodlands Tavern.


Supporting acts include Point North, Hold Close and Sharptooth.


Pop-punk band Hold Close brought a calming aura to the show, by playing songs off their newest record, Time. The band also threw an older track, "Temper" into their set list, bringing up the tempo and tying the set together.


Metalcore band Sharptooth puts on a voluminous and theatrical performance, keeping the crowd captivated.


Point North came out full-force, with just releasing their new EP, Retrograde, treating the crowd to new tracks such as "Never Coming Home" and "Gasoline." The band stays moving around the stage throughout their entire set, keeping fans entertained.


Their sound is clear and vocals are commendable as the band switches from full-band songs like "Ghost In My Home" to acoustic based, "Everybody Fades."


Finally came As It Is, admittedly, the bar was set pretty low. With only listening to their newest record once or twice through, this wasn't a must-see show, but one that would be fun. With that being said, expectations were extremely exceeded.


From the second the band hits the stage there's a cinematic presences about them, almost mesmerizing. Each member showcases their talents by using every bit of the small, barricade-less stage. While newest official member, Ronnie Ish, holds his guitar over the crowd and lets it ring out, met with lead vocalist, Patty Walters, who does not quit. The frontman connects with the crowd, like he's there with you not just for you to look at.


The band bring new songs to life, from "The Great Depression" to "The Wounded World," but they do it in a way that's different from what you see with other bands touring in support of a new record. As It Is seemingly pours their heart out on the stage and the crowd feeds off that energy.




The crowd was also pleased to hear older tracks such as "Hey Rachel," "Soap" and fan-favorite, "Dial Tones," where every voice in the room became united by the words "am I all that/you ever wanted/or has it been so long that you've forgotten."


There's not many dates left on this tour, if you saw it be sure to let us know your experience! If there's still a date you're going to let us know which one!







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