And So I Watch You From Afar have just started recording for the new album. Here are some pictures from the guys. Day 1 & 2… Drums are first.
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Sargent House European Take Over ArcTangent & Dublin Label Show - Tera Melos give the first Podcast Interview
This August in Europe is a Sargent House bands take over! We have so many bands all coming over to play this years ArcTangent Festival in Bristol, UK on the weekend of August 28-30th. But before that all starts we will be kicking off the whole thing with our own Sargent House Label show in Dublin on August 27th at Button Factory with Russian Circles, And So I Watch You From Afar, Tera Melos, Emma Ruth Rundle, Mylets & No Spill Blood. (Get Early Bird Tickets ASAP Here)
Listen to the first of the ATG/ SH band interview/podcasts with drummer, John Clardy of Tera Melos below:
The British Council sends Rory Friers of ASIWYFA and Friends to Teach Music in Marrakesh
Last year, And So I Watch You From Afar played in Marrakesh for the Sun Festival, while there they helped to teach local artists how to record. Above is a clip made by the British Council from that journey. Rory Friers will be heading back this week again with his friends and allies from Belfast to teach again. Many thanks to the British Council for supporting art and music. I really wish we had something like the BC in America….
Chris Wee of ASIWYFA 5 page feature in new issue of The Drummers Journal
And So I Watch You From Afar's own Chris Wee is featured in the new Issue of The Drummers Journal.
EMM Live Review of ASIWYFA headline set at Handmade Festival
…And so to And So I Watch You From Afar. Shamefully I have to admit I had not come across this band before, despite them coming from my hometown of Belfast. The band have performed in Leicester many times and almost consider it their musical home from home. The previously cluttered stage took on a very bare and clear appearance and it was soon obvious why. These guys don’t stand still for a minute and deliver a frenetic set of alternative math, prog and post rock. Fresh from a tour of Asia and Europe this is their closing night before returning to the Emerald Isle.
The band are mainly an instrumental set-up with occasional vocals led by Rory Friers and more likely to be chants than lyrics. Opening with Euonia/ Big Thinks, from their most recent album, All Hail Bright Futures, I initially thought I was in for a night of Celtic Rock but the sound develops quickly into something less generic – a wonderful fusion of powerful riffs, structure-shifting rhythms, catchy melodies and experimentation with time signatures. Whilst many of the songs go through similar power riff, ballad, power stages, there is plenty of variety.
And So I Watch You From Afar return from Asian Tour and Announce April / May EU Tour
Only just returned home from their recent Asia tour And So I Watch You From Afar embark on their last European tour of their current run supporting “All Hail Bright Futures”, which has already seen them play all across USA, India, Asia, Europe, Africa and more!
More festival slots are still to be announced for the rest of 2014 but then the band will return to the studio later in 2014 to begin working on new material.
Make sure NOT to miss these dates!
ASIWYFA - APRIL / MAY 2014
Apr 18th - Zottegem, Belgium @ Dunk Festival
Apr 21st - Augsburg, Germany @ Musikkantine
Apr 22nd - Poznan, Poland @ Minoga
Apr 23rd - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randal Club
Apr 24th - Budapest, Hungary @ A38
Apr 25th - Vienna, Austria @ Flex Club
Apr 26th - La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland @ Bikini Test
Apr 28th - Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
Apr 29th - Newcastle, UK @ Cluny 2
Apr 30th - Edinburgh, UK @ Studio 24
May 2nd - Leicester, UK @ Handmade Festival
And So I Watch You From Afar - The Acoustic Glassroom Video
There is a first time for everything and when you visit Sargent House headquarters in Los Angeles a Glassroom session is a must. And So I Watch You From Afar performing acoustic? Who would have ever thought it! Man, did they knock this one out of the box.
Also, ASIWYFA are heading back out on Tour with headline dates in France, Luxemborg and then to Asia - SEE ALL ASIWYFA TOUR DATES & DETAILS HERE
And So I Watch You From Afar announce Tour Dates from France to Asia starting in February
Not ones to stay off the road for long, And So I Watch you from Afar have just announced their first two tours of 2014. First they will do a run in France & Luxemborg in early February then the band will return to Asia for a second time now to tour their latest release "All Hail Bright Futures". That tour kicks off in Singapore on 28th February and takes in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and China.
ASIWYFA LIVE - FEBRUARY 2014
1st - Besançon @ La Rodia
2nd - Lille @ Le Peniche
3rd - Paris @ Batofar
4th -Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
5th - Orleans @ Astrolab
6th - Nantes @ Le Ferrailleur
7th - Lyon @ Marche Gare
8th - Nimes @ La Paloma
ASIWYFA ASIA TOUR 2014
28th Feb - Singapore @ Zouk Club
1st March - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ Black Box (Publika)
2nd March - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam @ Q4
4th March - Bangkok, Thailand @ Mongkol RCA
7th March - Manila, Philippines @ Alpha Tent
8th March - Hong Kong @ Hidden Agenda
11th March - Shanghai, China @ Mao Livehouse- JUE Festival
12th March - Beijing, China @ Mao Livehouse- JUE Festival
SPREAD MUSIC: Live Videos and Interview with And So I Watch You From Afar from Montreal
And So I Watch You From Afar, also known as ASIWYFA, was formed late in 2005 and went through a couple of member changes. The current members are Jonathan Adger on Bass, Rory Friers on Guitar, Niall Kennedy on Guitar, and Chris Wee on drums.
I recently had the chance to witness one of their numerous live performances in Montreal when they were on tour with TTNG and Mylets. Being natural performers, they deliver a live experience that is as intense as it is organic. The raw beauty evocated through the fingertips of these musicians is something that can only be felt in person. They are truly
AltarTV Live Session: And So I Watch You From Afar “Ambulance”
ASIWYFA head to play in India Today and talk to Rolling Stone India About it
Don’t let the ridiculously long name fool you, because And So I Watch You From Afar [ASIWYFA] are a lot more punk rock than post rock. The Irish instrumental rock band’s drummer Chris Wee says, “I hope that we’ve never disappointed anybody at a show, if they were expecting the straight-up post rock formula.”
The band, which formed in 2005, has released three EPs and three albums until date, with the last four years being their busiest yet. With each release, they also moved away from their seaside resort town beginnings in Portrush, Northern Ireland to their current base in the capital city Belfast. They’ve be touring all over the world from Belarus to China. And they’re not tired yet. Says drummer Chris Wee, “I think that [tiredness] is only a very short-lived feeling. Overall, our job satisfaction level is pretty high.” Another country they are marking off on their tour map is India, where they play at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Bengaluru [November 23rd and 24th] and Delhi NCR [November 30th and December 1st] as well as a UK showcase at Blue Frog, Mumbai on November 26th.
You guys have played what seems like every corner of the world – from the US to Russia to China. Now you’re adding India to that list. Where next?
Audiotree LIVE session: And So I Watch You From Afar
And So I Watch You From Afar stopped by Audiotree before their show in Chicago a few weeks ago and recorded a great live session. You can download the audio and hi-res video in HD of the entire session here.
Orlando Weekly Live Show Review: ASIWYFA & TTNG - SH Tour
Sargent House is one of those labels that’s known but perhaps not duly appreciated. But a label with Deafheaven, Russian Circles, Boris, Le Butcherettes, Marriages, Helms Alee , Chelsea Wolfe and Indian Handcrafts (whose 2012 album Civil Disobedience for Losers made my official year’s best list) in its stable is to be taken very seriously. And the Sargent House Tour, which recently made a stop here (Nov. 3, the Social), was co-headlined by two of its notable overseas bands and showed that total guitar heroism doesn’t necessarily have to come with the rock baggage of ridiculous dick-swinging.
And So I Watch You From Afar announce shows in India
Not resting until they play ever country in the world, And So I Watch you from Afar have announced three dates in India before they wrap up this year with some home shows back in Ireland as well. The band is currently on the Sargent House Tour in the USA with label-mates TTNG and Mylets. While in India they will take in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi as part of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender.
SEE ALL ASIWYFA SHOW DETAILS AND SCHEDULE HERE
BEATROUTE Magazine Canada Interview with: And So I Watch You From Afar
Northern Ireland’s upstart gift to the post-rock era, And So I Watch You From Afar, has been making waves and garnering restraining orders since 2005. Formed in Belfast, the intrepid four-piece surprises and delights by interspersing their angular rock hooks with dissonant bursts of electronic fury. With two albums and two EPs to their credit, ASIWYFA has earned a reputation for creating powerful, multi-dimensional, instrumental pieces augmented by the occasional glockenspiel or human voice. Burning the candle at both ends, dual guitarists Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy juxtapose melody and cacophony with incendiary results. Each pulse of noise, every break in the action, provides an abrupt but mutually-adopted jumping-off point for the band’s next musical (mis)adventure. With bassist Johnny Adger and drummer Chris Wee laying down a solid foundation, ASIWYFA’s towering sonic spires threaten to scrape the very heavens. It’s a good thing that these math-rock druids have their feet firmly planted on good old terra firma.