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Review by Emillie Marvel | April 22, 2015 at 11:00 PM

We’ll never get rest, but we got this.

It’s time to discover your new favorite pop-punk band. From the moment As It Is picked up their instruments and armed themselves with solid-gold talent and kickass songs, whispers started circulating about what was to come from the young band. Fearless Records was the first to act on the promise we all saw, and now they’re bringing us the band’s latest collection, Never Happy, Ever After.

Things start small with “Can’t Save Myself,” where you’re drawn in by a slow track with a sweet edge, and downright hooked as it begins to speed up. Every second of the song is doused in pop punk, and incorporates a distinct taste of hardcore. This is also where you’re introduced to Patty Walters undeniably incredible vocals, and it’s a meeting you won’t forget anytime soon.

Alternative rock and radio-ready pop manage to roll into one guitar lead as “Cheap Shots & Setbacks” kicks in. Chant along as the impeccable melody takes root in your soul. Many great pop-punk nights will be accompanied by this song, and you can almost see your friends and hear the laughs as it blares through your speakers.

“Silence” is rooftop pop punk at its finest. Throw on your favorite hoodie and let the sweet guitar and soft vocals lead you into the passionate sing along of the emo influenced chorus. Not long after, the anthem “Speak Soft” takes the reigns. With an acapella introduction and lyrics that would make even All Time Low proud, the result is your official song of the summer.

My favorite track from the album is “Turn Back To Me.” The plentiful emotions, addictive melodies, and punk-rock freedom living in complete harmony, capped off with a wonderful guitar outro will remind you why you love music.

In all honesty, I could have written something about each track on Never Happy, Ever After. This is the fairy tale pop punk has been waiting for, and As It Is are the knights in shining armor. Hop on the As It Is bandwagon now, because they’re bringing pop punk the happily ever after it so well deserves.

Buy It, Stream It, or Skip It?
Buy it, because it’s literally painful to stop listening.

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