Seems to be a week for members leaving, first it was Liam Guinane from Windwaker announcing he’ll be gone by the end of the year and now Ben Langford-Biss has revealed after 7 years he’ll no longer be playing rhythm guitar for As It Is, revealing his news on the band’s Facebook page in a lengthy 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 band release their perfect album The Great Depression last year which our reviewer scored a 10/10 for, however we were yet to see the guys make it down under for a tour. It’s a shame but life goes on and the band will continue on with no plans yet for who will replace Ben moving forward…
Frontman Patty Walters summed it up perfectly with this Instagram post below stating:
“…when we dreamt up this band together, ben and i weren’t much more than classmates. almost eight years later, ben is my brother and one of my dearest friends in this whole world. we’ve been everywhere together, through every high and every low, time and time again . he has more of my love and respect than he probably knows, and no time nor distance will ever change that
What a rough start to the week…