Pop-rockers As It Is have regrettably announced today that they will be parting ways with founding member and guitarist, Benjamin Langford-Biss, following one more tour later this year.
The soon-to-be-former guitarist issued a statement via the band’s socials, explaining his reasons for choosing to step down from the band as he wishes “to pursue other paths”.
You can read Benjamin Langford-Biss‘ full statement below.
“Dear friends & fans; I have made the difficult decision to step away from As It Is.
Before anything else, I would like to thank the other four boys in their support & understanding of my decision. They are still my brothers, best friends & I will cherish always the memories we made together.
I am incredibly grateful & proud of everything we have achieved & created together, and for everything you, the fans, have allowed us, however it is time for me to pursue other paths & projects in my life.
Three albums and years of relentless touring takes its toll & has brought me & those closest to me to breaking point a number of times. This was by no means an easy decision to make having dedicated my life into it for almost 8 years, but as the years have gone by my own ability & passion to live the life that comes with the music has waned.
I will be doing one last tour in November with the boys in the kind of venues we cut our teeth in to say goodbye properly & have one last week or so playing music with my best friends.
I am excited to see what As It Is do next & will be constantly supporting from the sidelines (hell, maybe they’ll still let me guest when I undoubtedly ask for a guest list spot to a show).
I will most likely post a longer more candid, written piece at some point but for now, thanks for the memories, see you in November.
His final tour with the band will run across mainland Europe and the UK this November, which is also suspected to be the band’s final tour in support of last year’s full-length effort, ‘The Great Depression’.
You can find all of the band’s forthcoming UK tour dates listed below.
NOVEMBER 09 – SOUTHAMPTON, Joiners
NOVEMBER 10 – NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
NOVEMBER 12 – GLASGOW, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
NOVEMBER 13 – MANCHESTER, Academy 3
NOVEMBER 14 – LEEDS, The Key Club
NOVEMBER 15 – LONDON, Dingwalls
Tickets for all dates of the tour go on sale from 9:00AM this Wednesday (September 11th 2019), and can be purchased online from the band’s official website (here).