Having successfully made it to the other side, something I wasn’t so sure was going to happen after being rejected at two different card readers – I’m putting it down to it being Friday the 13th…

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we were pumped to be in Camden to see As It Is.

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First tonight though were ‘Jule Vera’ from Alabama, a band who proved to be multi-talented with lead singer Ansley Newman picking up a ukulele and drums throughout the set. Bassist William Stacey fills drum duties when drummer Kyle Horvath joins Ansley to do some drumming with a splash and guitarist Jake Roland holds down some notes with his teeth. Yep, you could say it got weird…

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That white light floating around that drum? Water. 

This one played tonight by Jule Vera had a good groove.

Energy pulsed out of this band and their crowd interaction was cool to see, such as Ansley passing her drum around to be hit by various members of the crowd and Will high fiving a bunch of the crowd.

Playlist highlights while waiting for the second support ‘With Confidence’ included songs from expected artists like State Champs and Seaway along with a classic I would never have predicted

I’m Not Okay (I Promise)‘ coming through the speakers was a shining example of how music that’s touched peoples’ lives, never leaves them. A slightly less shiny example was the noise that came out of me when this one by All Time Low played 

which I guess is just proof of how certain bands are always going to be exciting to you, no matter how hard you try to contain it… 😂

On to With Confidence who were youthful, fun and fast. They had the on-stage humour that I would expect from a band signed to Hopeless Records and their set tonight was an enjoyable one.

As It Is were as loud, exciting and smiley as ever. The band made the most of the intimacy the Underworld venue provides by engaging in heavy crowd interaction, which is always admirable in my opinion and fun to see even if you are not the one directly interacting.

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As It Is’ setlist was a fair mix of fast paced songs like Dial Tones and Winter’s Weather and slower ones such as My Oceans Were Lakes and You, The Room & The Devil On Your Shoulder.

As It Is have proved once more to be a fun band worth going to see and they are stacking up a great pile of memories for me.

peace and love



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