AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR The Letters EP (Smalltown America)
Truth be told, I’ll swear to you that “post-rock” isn’t really my thing. But something’s been brewing within the scene and certain bands have started to get rid of all the precious shoegaze elements and replacing them with approaches from metal, hardcore and even progressive rock genres. So perhaps, “post-metal” may be a more accurate term here.
One such “post-metal” band is And So I Watch You From Afar. Hailing from Belfast, the band consists of Rory Friers and Tony Wright on guitars with Johnny Adger on bass and Chris Wee on drums. (Trivia – Chris is the brother of Shan Wee – a 98.7FM deejay!)
ASIWYFA’s agenda is pretty much established by the opening track of last year’s brilliant debut album – Set Guitars To Kill. Indeed.
This EP continues in the same vein as the debut LP as ASIWYFA basically assault the unwary listener with slabs of metallic force and mathematical precision, without sacrificing an iota of intensity and passion. Four tracks with non-sensical titles like D is for Django the Bastard.
A wide spectrum of styles and genres is represented on this EP, references to King Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Megadeth, Metallica, Fugazi, Rites of Spring, Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky abound. Which makes any music from ASIWYFA essential in my book.
Check out the video below of ASIWYFA playing Set Guitars To Kill at SXSW this year.