As It Is may be in the middle of one of their final tours of 2017, but that doesn’t mean the band is going to stop treating fans to new music videos any time soon. On Wednesday (Nov. 8), the United Kingdom-founded band unleashed the music video for their latest single, “No Way Out.” Prior to the debut of the new clip, the band had told fans to keep an eye out because the new video would be heading their way shortly.
The premise of the music video is simple; the band is giving the viewer a taste of their live show. The simplicity of the clip lets the band’s energetic, high-energy performance personas shine through as snow falls on them and a set to white lights illuminate them in the otherwise dark setting. Watch the music video for “No Way Out” above.
“No Way Out” is featured on the band’s recently released record, okay. okay. was released back in January of 2017 through Fearless Records. The record landed at the top spot on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart as well as the top spot on the “Alternative New Albums” chart.
Last month, As It Is made headlines when news broke that longtime guitarist Andy Westhead was no longer in the band. The group’s confirmation came after a fan asked Westhead on social media if everything was okay since he was not present at the band’s recent show. Westhead responded with “I guess the others didn’t think you guys were worth an explanation either – I wish the others would allow me to be there.”
Shortly after Westhead’s response, the group posted a letter online detailing how their decision was reached about Westhead’s departure. In the same letter, they explained to their fans that they wanted the make the announcement “with Andy’s full involvement and approval.” Following the band’s announcement, they advised fans that they would continue touring as a four-piece.
Currently, As It Is is supporting Waterparks on their North American “Monster Energy Outbreak” tour. The excursion kicked off earlier this week in Dallas and will find the British band performing across the continent before the trip wraps up on Dec. 7 in Houston. The complete “Monster Energy Outbreak” tour itinerary can be found here.
If you’re a fan of As It Is, then you may notice that someone will be missing from the stage during the group’s last set to tour dates. On Monday (Oct. 9), the British band announced that they had parted way with longtime guitarist Andy Westhead. News of Westhead’s exit began when a fan took to Twitter to make sure the musician was okay after not being present at a recent show.
Westhead responded to the inquiry with “I guess the others didn’t think you guys were worth an explanation either – I wish the others would allow me to be there.” A few hours after the post was made public, the remaining members of the group (Patty Walters, Patrick Foley, Benjamin Langford-Biss, Alistair Testo) released an unofficial press statement about Westhead’s abrupt departure. According to the letter, the band wanted to reveal the news to their longtime followers, but they were hoping to “make one with Andy’s full involvement and approval.” That ended up not being the case when Westhead went forward with his response to the fan’s question.
According to the statement, issue between the band members and Westhead began in August when they realized that they could no longer work with Westhead. As the letter goes on to explain, “feelings and differences had been building up for at least a year” and even though they tried to make things better, things did not improve. According to the group, they constantly conversed with Westhead, reiterating that the reason for them moving forward without him all stemmed from the same issue and were surprised when Westhead took to social media to throw the other band members under the bus. As It Is’ full statement about Westhead’s exit can be read here.
As It Is is currently in the middle of Neck Deep’s “The Peace and the Panic” UK/ European tour. After wrapping up their time on the tour in late October, As It Is will join Waterparks on their “Made in America” tour which will find them performing across North America during the months of November and December. Earlier this year, As It Is released their sophomore album, Okay.
The second half of 2016 has been a busy one for the guys in As It Is. In September, the five-piece announced the impending release of their sophomore album and then a few weeks later, embarked on one of the year’s most anticipated tours (Sum 41’s “Don’t Call it a Sum-Back” tour). Now, with a little over a month left until the release of their sophomore record, the group is giving fans the change to hear another new song from Okay. On Thursday (Dec. 1), the United Kingdom-founded band released a third track from the album, “No Way Out.” Listen to the new track below.
“No Way Out” will join recent single “Pretty Little Distance” and title track, “Okay” on the upcoming sophomore effort. Okay. is set to hit stores on Jan. 20, 2017 through Fearless Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website. Those who pre-order the album will get instant downloads of both “Okay” and “Pretty Little Distance.” The complete track listing for the new album is available here.
Back in September, vocalist Patty Walters revealed that these new songs are some of the “most personal and honest song” the group has ever written. “These are by far the most personal and honest songs we’ve ever written,” the singer admits. “We made a conscious effort to truly push ourselves musically and lyrically, to create something that didn’t feel entirely safe or calculated. We wrote songs about our families, our personal lives, and our struggles more vulnerable than ever before, hoping to encapsulate sincere moments in our lives.”
Okay. is the follow-up to the group’s debut record, Never Happy, Ever After.
With a handful of weeks left until the beginning of their tour with Sum 41 and Senses Fail, As It Is has announced plans to release a new album in the new year. On Thursday (Sept. 22), the United Kingdom-founded band announced that their new record will be coming out in early 2017. The group’s sophomore effort will be titled okay. and is set to hit stores on Jan. 20 through Fearless Records.
“These are by far the most personal and honest songs we’ve ever written,” vocalist Patty Walters unveils in a press statement. “We made a conscious effort to truly push ourselves musically and lyrically, to create something that didn’t feel entirely safe or calculated. We wrote songs about our families, our personal lives, and our struggles more vulnerable than ever before, hoping to encapsulate sincere moments in our lives.”
He adds: “We feel a huge sense of pride having created this record, and we’re immensely excited to share it with the world. We love and cherish you all for supporting us and giving us this opportunity.”
Pre-orders for okay. are set to begin on Friday, Oct. 14 on the band’s website. In addition to the new album information as well as their busy fall schedule, the band has also released the lead single and title track from the record, “Okay.” Listen to the song below and check out the album art and track list for the record below that.
okay. Track List:
01. “Pretty Little Distance”
03. “Hey Rachel”
04. “Patchwork Love”
05. “Curtains Close”
06. “No Way Out”
09. “Until I Return”
10. “The Coast Is Where Home Is”
11. “Still Remembering”
okay. will be the follow-up to As It Is’ debut record, Never Happy, Ever After. As for their upcoming trek on Sum 41’s “Don’t Call it a Sum-Back” tour, those dates can be found here.