With The Wonder Years and The Story So Far producing arguably two of the best pop-punk albums in recent memory, it takes a hell of a lot to make a mark in the genre in 2013. Thankfully, though, Brighton’s As It Is go about the task completely unfazed by their undeniably more successful peers.
See, this is a band who haven’t lost sight of the genre’s core concept: fun. From start to finish, ‘Blenheim Place’ is the sound of a bunch of dudes that probably listen to the above bands, who decided to start a band, record some songs and had a blast doing so. Without pretence, without complication and it’s all the better for it.
Opening track, ‘Every Year Gets Better’, sounds like a cheery mix of ‘The Upsides’-era The Wonder Years meets early Cartel and, honestly, it’s just great. Bar the one moment where the opening vocal melody on ‘January’ might be just that little bit too sugary, this really is just 5 tracks of pure feel-good pop punk, perfect for the forthcoming (hopefully) summer and beyond.
If you’re into any of the bands referenced, ‘Blenheim Place’ will be one for your collection, don’t sleep on this. If you’re not, you’re probably a terrible person who doesn’t know how to enjoy things and this isn’t for you anyway. Either way, kudos to As It Is for managing to put out a group of songs that stand tall alongside their far more established peers. We’re looking forward to whatever comes next.
Written by Ryan De Freitas