International pop-rock band As It Is — Patty Walters, Ronald Ish, and Alistair Testo — announced their brand new album I WENT TO HELL AND BACK. It will arrive on February 4 via Fearless Records. Pre-order it here.
The band has dropped the new song “In Threes,” featuring Set It Off’s Cody Carson and Jordy Purp.
“I Went To Hell And Back” is As It Is’ fourth studio album. The band burst into the scene and dropped Never Happy, Ever After in 2015 and followed with 2017’s okay. In 2018, they returned with the critically lauded studio album The Great Depression. The band boldly and ambitiously reimagined the entire album and released the songs as a series of four EPs in 2019. Having perfected their blend of pop, punk, and rock over time, As It Is have truly found their groove with “I Went To Hell And Back”.
“‘IN THREES’ was inspired by spending too much time all alone in your head,” says Walters to AP. “You start to build an alternate reality, where what’s ‘true’ is twisted and contorted, and after enough time, it becomes reality. And it leaves you hurt and spiteful and violent and numb. It’s an intensely dark listen, both lyrically and musically, but it was a total opposition experience to create.”
He continues, “We wrote this one with our good friend Cody Carson, who brought this infectious joy and creativity to the studio. Once we had penned the lyric ‘Tragedy comes in threes,’ we knew the track would feel incomplete (if only to us) without a third artist attached, and our friend JordyPurp crafted such an insane feature to finalise the concept.”
Ish weighs in saying, “‘IN THREES’ is about internal fires that start inside of our heads with having zero energy and no interest in extinguishing. Instead, we let the fire spread, consuming every room inside our mind and let it burn down everything inside. It’s about accepting defeat, making a bed in the darkness, and succumbing to that alternate reality.”
Carson spoke about his participation in the song, saying, “This is one of the best collaborations I’ve ever been a part of. This song has aggression, vulnerability, meaningfulness, genuine pain, and acceptance. It’s the human experience. We really went in and had SO much fun making this. We were legit seeing the music video in our heads as we were writing the song itself. This song to me is the definition of new alt. The way it begins with the loud bass synth paired with the fire alarm to the octave gliding distorted guitars in the chorus.”
He closes, “Weirdly enough, I just sent a video to the As It Is boys before we even wrote this and my fire alarm went off during the video. We just happened to write this song, it was meant to be.”
Lastly, JordyPurp shares his enthusiasm, saying, “I got a call at 1am from Ronnie, and as soon as I first heard the song, I knew exactly what to do with it. 12 hours later, I was in the booth and we never looked back.”
I WENT TO HELL AND BACK TRACK LISTING:
2. I LIE TO ME
3. ILY, HOW ARE YOU?
4. IDC, I CAN’T TAKE IT
5. I’D RATHER DIE
6. I MISS 2003
7. I’M SICK AND TIRED
8. I WANT TO SEE GOD
9. IN THREES
10. I HATE ME TOO
11. I’M GONE
12. I DIE 1000X
13. I CAN’T FEEL A THING
14. I WENT TO HELL AND BACK
As It Is will be out on tour through the US supporting their good friends Set It Off in 2022. Get your tickets here!
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