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Post-Rock Glory

Do you know what happens when you get a handful of angry Irish dudes together and give them guitars? Explosions. And not just Irish Car bombs – I mean explosions in your ears. Because that’s kinda what And So I Watch You From Afar sounds like. Clumped into the oh so broad category of post-rock, these four young blokes from Belfast combine to create some furious and heavy instrumental rock. Think of the reverb-soaked, crescendo model of Explosions in the Sky but then make it twice as badass and you’ve basically arrived at the formula for ASIWYFA. Lacking any vocals except for the occasional “Hey!” and “Oi!” ASIWYFA is truly about getting carried away by the band’s instrumental qualities. Led by the impeccable drumming of Chris Wee, the group thrives on grooving riffs, utilizing each for good measure and then building them up until climaxing into yet another infectious riff.

I told you they were angry!!

Well known in Europe for their intense and dazzling live performances, And So I Watch You From Afar is just starting to make a name for themselves in the states. Fresh off of SXSW, the band is beginning to promote themselves on our side of the pond with their first full length LP. The LP is self-titled, which is surprising given the unique and ridiculous song titles, my favorites being “Set guitars to kill,” “Tip of the Hat, Punch in the Face,” and “Clench fists, grit teeth…Go!” If only they wrote lyrics…this intentionally over-the-top band is like the glam rock poster boys of the post-rock genre. And that’s what makes them so fun. Check out “A little solidarity goes a long way” and “I capture castles” both are excellent tracks.

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-Chris


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