It’s time to hop into your household time machine and take a twelve-year trip in time to 2006, the year My Chemical Romance redefined the meaning of ‘emo’ in the shape of the conceptual, controversial, and now-classic The Black Parade.

Before alarm bells start ringing, there isn’t an MCR reunion just yet (In our dreams, eh?), but there is a throwback of sorts.

British pop-punkers As It Is have fully embraced their emo heritage ahead of the release of their third studio album The Great Depression in August 2018. From black-dye fringes to emo-aesthetic social media posts, the third era of As It Is will be an entirely new one.

Following their headline slots on the Signature Brew stage at this years’ Slam Dunk festival, As It Is have announced The Great Depression UK Tour, which will see them play some of their biggest venues yet in November and December 2018.

Speaking of the tour, guitarist Benjamin Langford-Biss says: “Since the incredible response to The Wounded World we are unbelievably excited to play a ton of new songs in the big rooms that they deserve to be played in. Hearing people connect to the themes of the single and the record makes us so eager to hear rooms of a couple of thousand people screaming the words back. We can’t wait to see that human connection and bring people together in a positive way, even just for one night. These are the biggest headline shows we’ve ever done and you best believe we’re going to make them very, very special.”

Pop-punk newcomers Trash Boat, alt-rock upstarts Holding Absence, and Canadian pop-rockers Courage, My Love will join the tour as support.

The album itself is conceptual, seeing the band dive deep into their well of emotions to critically discuss the romanticisation of depression in the 21st Century. Vocalist Patty Walters introduces the record as so:

“The Great Depression’ is about the societal romanticisation of depression, the disrepair of present-day human connection, told through the story of a man who finds himself face-to-face with Death. This album is about asking questions rather than offering answers, exploring the lines where consolation and glorification collide, and asking if art is too subjective to offer a universal solution. 

We’ve approached this subject with the tremendous respect and sensitivity it warrants. Mental health awareness and prioritisation has always been immensely important to us, and we want to use this platform for good and to challenge problematic behaviours and stigmas.  More so than ever before, we’ll be working alongside incredible non-profits, donating proceeds to worthy causes, and using our music in hopes of creating a positive change.”

If you can’t wait for the dates, we’ve hooked you up with our Setlist Goals for As It Is – let us know what tracks you’d love to see them play on the tour in the comments below!


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