It’s a whole new era for pop-punk outfit As It Is – The Great Depression.
Today, As It Is have shared the first taster of their new album The Great Depression which is set for release on 10 August via Fearless Records. The Wounded World is accompanied by a video making it clear which direction the band are headed in. It’s a darker, more serious road and as vocalist Patty Walters explains in a statement: “The Wounded World is a commentary on the polarised and volatile modern reality, which we’ve allowed. The video depicts a not-so-distant dystopia, where present-day headlines and technologies are displayed in exhibits as the warning signs of an impending disaster. I feel that we as a society have embodied a destructive habit of talking without listening, surrounding ourselves with alternative facts and headlines, totally void of open-mindedness or empathy. Despite the labels and beliefs that all too often divide us, we are one people, and we’re all to blame.”
About the album itself, Walters said that it “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.” he continues.
The album isn’t just a collection of songs, it’s a concept album that follows the stages of grief:
Stage I: Denial
1. The Great Depression
2. The Wounded World
3. The Fire, The Dark
Stage II: Anger
4. The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)
5. The Handwritten Letter
6. The Question, The Answer
Stage III: Bargaining
7. The Reaper (ft. Aaron Gillespie)
8. The Two Tongues (Screaming Salvation)
9. The Truth I’ll Never Tell
Stage IV: Acceptance
10. The Haunting
11. The Hurt, The Hope
12. The End
What a beautiful concept, especially in today’s world. For a genre whose fans turn to their favorite artists for emotional support when they fail to find it elsewhere this is a brave, but commendable record.
You can pre-order it now here. The band are also set to play a run of acoustic shows in the UK next week as well as playing Slam Dunk Festival.