AS IT IS - 'Never Happy Ever After' review
So yeah, time to start uploading reviews from issue eight, and here's the first:
"I've not really been too impressed lately with a lot of the new, bigger pop-punk bands, like NECK DEEP and DECADE for example, so I was therefore pleasantly surprised to find that this debut from AS IT IS is incredible. Seriously. This is exactly how big, polished pop-punk should be done; a tonne of energy with varieties of pace, huge melodies, and some of the biggest choruses you'll ever hear that stick with you pretty much instantly. It probably helps that the lead vocalist is American (the rest of the band are British) and thus has one of those bright nasal vocal styles that just sounds right, and it contrasts really nicely with that of the gruffer sounding guitarist. They can also both write great vocal melodies that marry perfectly not only with each other but also with the stellar musicianship. It's hard to pick favourites from here but 'Speak Soft', 'Cheap Shots...', 'Dial Tones', and 'Concrete' are all perfect pop-punk anthems, and 'My Oceans Were Lakes' adds a beautiful change of pace and mood. 'Silence' is also fantastic. If you like your pop-punk polished, and maybe with a bit of the old school like NEW FOUND GLORY and THE STARTING LINE, then get this; you won't regret it."