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And So I Watch You From Afar

Northern Ireland sensations And So I Watch You From Afar had  an amazing start to their 2010, returning from this years EuroSonic Festival courtesy of RTE  2FM to find out they have been nominated for both Irelands Choice Music Prize and the XFM New Music Album of the Year for 2009 in the UK putting them up against some of the UK

and Irelands finest bands and artists, Cementing them as one of the finest in the UK and Ireland.

Touring in 2010 has brought the band to the US and a total of 17 countries in Europe. As well as festival shows, the bands own shows, they have had time to slot in a support tour with non other than Them Crooked Vultures!!! This tour had the band cross Europe again ending with a mind bending show at the Brixton Academy.

What next? Record demos for upcoming releases in between festival appearances such as Lowlands and Sonisphere all the way as far as Latvia.

“A sensational debut couldn’t fade into the wallpaper if it tried.”

10/10 – State Magazine

“They make Mogwai sound like McFly.”

Dan Hegarty RTE 2FM

“If the apocalypse is televised, these guys will provide the soundtrack.”

10/10 – BBC R1

“…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.”


“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 brain-annihilating barrage of rhythms [like a] Rottweiler, what’s just been kicked in the knackers.”

9/10 – Drowned In Sound

“Imagine if Mogwai were from Belfast and had massive balls, or if Pelican still meant it.” – 8/10 – Vice

“One of the most hotly tipped British bands around at the moment.”

Big Cheese


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 pummeling 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 instrumental ship from the deepest depths of irrevocable mediocrity’) all agree.

ASIWYFA are a band that are only going to get bigger and more inspiring. The Letters EP released in January 2010 and there will be further releases throughout the year. Meanwhile, catch the band’s incendiary live show at a venue near you.

Contact: Alan Cullivan/ email- a.c@bareknucklemgmt.com/ +353 87 122 1099



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