As It Is are ending ‘The Great Depression’ era with a November headline tour.
The shows will also mark their final run with guitarist Ben Langford-Biss, who has issued the following open letter regarding his departure:
“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 side-lines (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. BLB”
The tour will visit:
4 Rotterdam, Baroeg
5 Bochum, Die Trompete
6 Leipzig, Naumanns
7 Hamburg, Headcrash
8 Antwerp, Kavka
9 Southampton, Joiners
10 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
12 Glasgow, King Tuts
13 Manchester, Academy 3
14 Leeds, Key Club
15 London, Dingwalls