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And So I Watch You From Afar “Gangs” Out Today on Sargent House / Full Album Stream on Spinner


Belfast, Ireland’s celebrated instrumental band
And So I Watch You From Afar release their sophomore album, Gangs today via Sargent House, partnered with Dublin label Richter Collective. The complete album is available for streaming all week courtesy of Spinner: listen HERE.

"This is the sound of a gang who’ve never been tighter, and a postcard of their journey that couldn’t have captured them at a higher peak."
9 out of 10 - Drowned In Sound

"An utterly immersive tour de force and a series of thrills as transient as the breeze, ‘Gangs’ triumphs on every possible level. " 9 out of 10 -
Rock Sound

Known for their unrelenting tours that has seen them play over 300 shows since the start of 2009, And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA to their fans) don’t know how to take a break. From appearances at SXSW, Eurosonic, Electric Picnic, Novarock, Canadian Music Fest, Popkomm, Pukkelpop, Sonisphere, to tour dates in Europe, North America, Russia and a support slot for rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, the band has been on the road playing music non-stop since the release of their fan-stirring debut self-titled album.

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Sargent House Poised to Become the Arbiters of Instrumental Music

Sargent House Poised to Become the Arbiters of Instrumental Music.

The Echo Park, CA based independent record label & management company, Sargent House has added another instrumental band to their growing roster of (mostly) instrumental bands.  This time it’s the celebrated Irish band And So I Watch You From Afar.

According to the press release Sargent House partnered with Dublin label Richter Collective to announce the forthcoming North American release of the group’s sophomore album, Gangs. A pair of MP3s from the album are available today: opener, “BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION” is available for download HERE and the brilliantly titled “Search:Party:Animal” can be downloaded HERE.

Let’s admit that we aren’t aficionados of the Irish music scene, like, at all, and our only references are U2, The Cranberries and The Corrs. Oh yeah, and how can we forget Enya or, god forbid, Sinèad O’Connor – all of whom have wrung the fuck out of life’s pathos with their baleful tomes to love and war – Irish style, of course. I can’t imagine Sargent House would have signed anyone of those acts (well, maybe Sinèad circa The Lion and The Cobra, but forget about it after that.), especially in light of the current roster which features Fang Island, Red Sparowes, Adebisi Shank, Russian Circles, Zechs Marquise (on imprint Rodriguez Lopez Productions), Tera Melos, Hella, etc. — all bands with epic instrumentation and minimal, if any, (mercifully) lyrical content. Each band has its own unique voice on a roster filled with like-minded musicians, and while some stand out more boldly than others, it is the diversity and plurality of the instrumental approach that makes this supposed non-genre a boon, if not calling card, for the label.

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