The Great Depression Tour featuring As It Is, Point North, Sharptooth, and Hold Close hit the Middle East in Boston, MA on February 10th, 2019. The band tweeted on all social media accounts that tickets were getting low and would be avaliable at the door. The room was decently crowded with barely any room to walk when openers Point North from Chicago, IL took the stage. The band played songs from their new EP Retrograde including their newest single Gasoline as well as songs from their old release such as Dearly Departed. The energy in the room was extremely high, there were crowd surfers the entire time and a mosh pit during Never Coming Home. The band expressed that it was one of the best shows on tour.
By the time As It Is took the stage, the room was packed and the energy raised to a higher level. The band played a variety of songs from their older releases such as Never Happy, Ever After and Okay. They opened with “The Reaper” off their new release The Great Depression and they had guest vocals from John, the singer of Point North. They featured even more friends throughout the set by having Timmy from Point North sing on “Cheapshots and Setbacks”, Braxton from Hold Close sang on “Dial Tones”, and Lauren from Sharptooth sang on the final song “Wounded World”. Each of the As It Is guys brought passion and energy to their performance. The crowd was pumped the entire time with crowd surfers during every single song, many of the same people going more than once. Ben stage dove at the end of the show and there was a point in the show where there were so many crowd surfers, Chris, who had been catching the crowd surfers needed assistance and others, like Rocky, the merch girl were also helping. It was an amazing performance.
There are 3 more shows left on the USA part of the Great Depression Tour:
February 20- Salt Lake City, Utah
February 21- Las Vegas, Nevada
February 22- Anaheim, California
Photos by Emily Armitage