With the release of their sophomore album okay., the transatlantic quintet As It Is – Patty Walters (vocals), Benjamin Biss (vocals, guitar), Andy Westhead (guitar), Patrick Foley (drums), Alistair Testo (bass) – pushed themselves musically and lyrically to craft their most personal and honest record to date.
To record okay., As It Is trod new territory by molding a record that sees the band in an unabashedly honest and entirely transparent state. Working with producer Mike Green (Pierce The Veil, All Time Low), As It Is uses the record’s diverse collection of songs to trek through intimate experiences surrounding their personal lives and everyday battles that they hope will resonate with fans in a unique way. Throughout the melodically dynamic collection of 11 tracks, the band openly shares their stories about vulnerability, depression, family trials, recognizing the need to be honest with yourself and realizing that sometimes it’s "okay to not be okay”, a mantra which inspired the album’s title and the conceptual backbone of its aesthetic and visual character.
Take album opener and lead single "Pretty Little Distance” for example, a song which unveils the album’s recurring themes and highlights Walters’ inner perspective as he sings, "I want to cross stitch shut my eyes / wage a war on the world outside” and questions "Ain’t life swell from a pretty little distance?”
"That song is literally about needing to escape because you are unable to deal with your reality, so you create this world in your mind where the world is much prettier from a pretty little distance,” Walters explains.
Drawing inspiration from a wide array of different musical styles, As It Is explores their musicianship in a new way throughout okay. "It’s eclectic,” Walters admits, highlighting on the different sounds found in new album cuts like "Soap” and "Austen.”
okay. follows As It Is’ highly-praised 2015 debut album Never Happy, Ever After and was named as one of Alternative Press’ Most-Anticipated Albums of 2017. The band has also garnered praise from MTV, Billboard, and Rock Sound Magazine, among others, and has shared the stage with the likes of Mayday Parade, Real Friends, State Champs and Sum 41, and many more.
"Pretty Little Distance"
"No Way Out"
"Until I Return"
"The Coast Is Where Home Is"