After a series of posts, ridden with sentiment and creating an ominous cloud, the neo-emo Brighton-born band, As It Is, took to social media first thing this morning to announce the departure of co-founder and guitarist Benjamin Langford-Biss.
Read the post…
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.
The tour dates…
Nov 4 – Rotterdam, Baroeg
Nov 5 – Bochum, Die Trompete
Nov 6 – Leipzig, Naumanns
Nov 7 – Hamburg, Headcrash
Nov 8 – Antwerp, Kavka
Nov 9 – Southampton, Joiners
Nov 10 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Nov 12 – Glasgow, King Tuts
Nov 13 – Manchester, Academy 3
Nov 14 – Leeds, Key Club
Nov 15 – London, Dingwalls
Over the past eight years, Benjamin Langford-Biss has been an integral part if As It Is. As a founding member, he has performed countless tours and written three EPs and three full-length albums alongside the band. Fans and industry colleagues alike were heartbroken upon hearing the news.
Ben has always been outspoken on his views and has impacted the music scene in a positive way for years. He has never shied away from hard or controversial topics and always speaks from the heart. Although he won’t be a member of As It Is anymore, it doesn’t change the fact that his words have helped fans and others alike to speak out for what they believe in. There’s no doubt that someone like him, who truly cares for people and the world around him, will make it far in whatever he chooses to do next in life.
We wish Ben all the best in his future endeavors.
Ticket for the Ben Today, Gone Tomorrow tour go on sale Wednesday @ 9am. Grab yours and go say goodbye to Benjamin Langford-Biss. We sure wish we could, we know he’s going to give these last eleven shows everything he’s got.
Image: As It Is on Twitter