The Richter Collective presents
AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR
+ BATS & JOGGING
Andrews Lane Theatre
Fri 26 Mar, Doors 8pm
Tickets €10 ex booking fee available from WAV [lo-call 1890 200 078] & Tickets.ie
And So I watch you from Afar will be playing their Dublin Launch show of the “Letters EP” in ALT. They will be joined on the night by Richter Collectives’ very own BATS & JOGGING.
Please Note this Gig FINISHES at 10.30PM so get in early!
Indie label Smalltown America are having a better start to the year than they could have ever dreamed of, with Instrumental signing And So I Watch You From Afar snapping up nominations for both Irelands Choice Music Prize and XFM’s Album of the year. The nominations are massive news for the band and label alike and is a great follow up to the bands 2009, which saw them play 170 shows and headline the Ulster Hall in December.
Other bands talk about it, And So I Watch You From Afar do it. In 2009, ASIWYFA played a mammoth 170 gigs all over Europe. From extensive tours in the UK to opening Pukkelpop festival in Belgium in front of 4500 captivated people to Novarock festival in Austria, gigs in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Russia, this is band that mean business.
Their hometown Belfast shows are legendary from the 1,000 capacity headline Christmas homecoming gig in the Ulster Hall right down to a small secret basement party which was shut down by the police late in the night for being too insane.
Everything about ASIWYFA is gargantuan. Their critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut album released in 2009 is exhibit A. From the the iron-clad riffs to the pummelling crash of the cymbals to the palpable positivity of the music, it’s everything great rock (never mind just instrumental rock) music should be.
Even the song which take in titles like ‘Set Guitars To Kill’, ‘Clench Fists, Grit Teeth… GO!’ and the ASIWYFA practice what you preach mantra ‘Don’t Waste Time Doing Things You Hate’, are epic in scale. Filled with monstrous guitars, bulging rock histrionics and genuinely breathtaking moments, And So I Watch You from Afar is easily one of the best records of 2009.
Revered music publications like The Quietus (‘Quite some distance ahead of the rest of ’09’s guitar albums so far’), NME (‘The sound of someone crashing an oil tanker through Sigur Ros’ ice floe’), Kerrang! (‘ It’s rare for a body of work to be so dreamy and elegiac yet conversely monstrously heavy’) and Vice (‘rescuing the instrumetal ship from the deepest depths of irrevocable mediocrity’) all agree.
ASIWYFA are a band that are only going to get bigger and more inspiring, catch the band’s incendiary live show at a venue near you.
The ‘Letters’ EP is available from the Smalltown America online store as Pre Order from January 25th and all good download stores from February 22nd 2010, more information can be found using the bands myspace link below.
“If the apocalypse is televised, these guys will provide the soundtrack” 10/10 BBC RADIO ONE
“the album is set to drop, we’ve heard it and it’s awesome, so there” Rock Sound – Ones To Watch 2009
“the sound of someone crashing an oil tanker through Sigur Ros’ ice flow” NME
“really rather special… It’s rare for a body of work to be so dreamy and elegiac yet conversely monstrously heavy… sounds like the end of the world” KKKK – KERRANG!
“And So I Watch You From Afar effortlessly deliver, bringing a brainannihilating barrage of rhythms and Rottweiler, what’s just been kicked in the knackers, fury” 9/10 DROWNED IN SOUND
“Top Ten Northern Irish Songs Of Our Lifetime” ALTERNATIVE ULSTER MAGAZINE
“Imagine if Mogwai were from Belfast and had massive balls, or if Pelican still meant it” 8/10 VICE
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