As We Were personifies the unpredictable, sporadic, and at times, frantic emotional state of singer Brandon Hafetz over a period of two years following a breakup. Anger, frustration, and aggression immediately present themselves in the LP's red opening track, "Burn", which trails into the taunting "Hey, Mr. Paul". As red fades into orange, "Miss You" and "As We Were" present the first instances of resolve, a sense of closure and a longing to normalcy. Orange is short-lived as it is overcome by blue in "Feed" and "Fine", which explore solidarity and reveal deep internal struggles layered with outright pessimism. As the record comes to a conclusion, it adopts a reflective tone that grasps, painfully so, for the past. Hafetz's denial combats his longing for closure as the fifty-minute record is flung in every which direction, punctuated by a heaving collapse at the climax of "It All Comes Back". By the album's end on "P.S.", Hafetz’s broken voice and the subtle ringing of chimes are the sole remainders.
Written, recorded, and mixed over the past two years at various homes in Boston, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Providence, As We Were is not only a tale of longing but also a representation of the band's long journey toward this debut release.
Over the past year, Oh Malô was nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 2015 Boston Music Awards alongside local standouts Palehound and Vundabar. They made showcase appearances at both CMJ and CMW, supported several nationally touring acts (From Indian Lakes, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, and Halfnoise), and were dubbed “[one of the] ten acts rising above this year's fray and worth checking out” in Improper Bostonian Magazine's annual music issue.