I love this album. I always play it along with Simple Plan, The Academy Is, and State Champs. It's energetic, angry, and nostalgically emo; and it is one of my favorite 2015 releases. I always thought the album was too short. By the time I'm jamming to "Can't Save Myself" it's almost over.
The band solved this issue with the release of the deluxe edition of the album. Tracks 1 - 11 are the original Never Happy Ever After tracks, then there is a new song, "Winter's Weather" and three acoustic versions of select tracks: "Cheap Shots & Setbacks," "Dial Tones," and "Concrete." The acoustic version of "Concrete" also features Jule Vera singer Ansley Newman.
I personally wish there were more new songs; that being said, I love the tracks they chose to make acoustic versions of. I mean, listen to them: "We're the kids who are dead inside/But we're the ones who feel alive/We dream cause we don't sleep/We'll never get rest, but we got this." Or: "If you can't trust a liar, how can you trust me again?/I'm running out of way to say I'm sorry." Or how about: "My concrete's set, it's permanent/I'm stuck this way, now I can never change/No, I can't stop if all I've got/Is an empty heart full of broken parts." Their songs are mantras for the struggling; it's almost poetic.
Check out the acoustic versions below. Anger in the original songs turns somber; screams turn into beautiful harmonies, and Ben Biss turns into Ansley Newman.
Never Happy Ever After (Deluxe Edition) is available now through Fearless Records. You can purchase it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify. The original album reached #2 on the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart and on the US Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart. As It Is will be headlining a tour in the UK with Jule Vera and With Confidence supporting starting in May.