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And So I Watch You From Afar

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3.77 | 40 ratings | 4 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Set Guitars to Kill (5:29)
2. A Little Bit of Slidarity Goes a Long Way (3:29)
3. Clench Fists, Grit Teeth...Go! (6:20)
4. I Capture Castles (7:18)
5. Start a Band (4:54)
6. Tip of the Hat, Punch in the Face (4:21)
7. If It Ain't Broke...Break It (6:22)
8. TheseRIOTSareJUSTtheBEGINNING (4:49)
9. Don't Waste Time Doing Things You Hate (7:33)
10. The Voiceless (6:30)
11. Eat the City, Eat It Whole (7:46)

Total Time 64:51

Line-up / Musicians

- Rory Friers / guitar
- Tony Wright / guitar
- Johnny Adger / bass
- Chris Wee / drums

- Angie O'Reilly / violin (10)

Releases information

Artwork: Tymothy Farrell

CD Smalltown America ‎- STA056 (2009, UK)

2LP Smalltown America ‎- 2760125 (2009, UK)

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AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR And So I Watch You from Afar ratings distribution

(40 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(60%)
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Review by Prog-jester
3 stars A solid one, really. I'm not into Post-Rock much recently, but there are still some enjoyable albums, even though made by the same good old receipts. AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR's self-titled release is kind of such one. It has everything one can expect from any Post-Rock Album nowadays: some Electronica, some Metal, some weird tracks' names, some melodies, but nothing to write home about if you've already heard this thousand times before. I thought I'd never be that snobby, but seriously some albums are good only when you're listening to them right now...and when you turn them off, you can hardly remember a single note from it. Recommended for genre's fans
Review by Atavachron
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Kickin' debut proper from these Irish posties, stuffed to the seams with youthful power and emotion, showing vague influences from alternative rock but smashing it into pieces and replacing it with something much more explosive. Closer to a headbutt from a stout, neck-less soccer hooligan. A sound is achieved that penetrates deep with the dual guitars, drums & bass creating wall after wall of seismic sea waves as the band pounds the shoreline. Powerhouse drummer Chris Wee, bassist Johnny Adger and the guitars of Tony Wright & Rory Friers are all-for-one. Their approach is unimpeachably that of a team, creating a huge, absolute, unselfish singularity with the music, never allowing individualism to get in the way.

'Set Guitars to Kill' establishes the bare-knuckle tone, Wright & Friers echoing a distant storm, Adger thudding out accents underlaid with Wee's phenomenal drums (this is no 'wee' player), culminating in a beautiful twin guitar line. A touch of Brit-alt for 'A Little Bit of Solidarity Goes a Long Way', jingling Math in 'Clench Fists,Grit Teeth' with more skull-rattling hunks of rhythm and progressing well past 6 minutes into some unexpected stuff. The Edge's impact is heard on 'I Capture Castles' with a good mix of military strike and stony spacerock. Fun and garage-like 'Start a Band' and 'Tip of the Hat,Punch in the Face' with spectacular post-metallic breaks, totally killer 'If it Ain't Broke,Break it', ending in softer territory for 'The Voiceless' and 'Eat the City,Eat it Whole'.

Complex though not purebred math/post and with far more emphasis on the expression of feeling rather than the formation of thought, ASIWYFA is one hell of a band that would likely blow away almost any poor devils who were dumb enough to go on after them. And like a group of rioting footy fans who are "Just out for a good time,mate", this foursome will quite easily crush you into bite-size bits. Right. Toodle pip.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I am excited as this is my first stop in revisiting this great band, and I'll be reviewing and rating accordingly, from release to release. I first came across ASIWYFA around 2015, following the evidently very fresh drop of their latest at the time, Heirs, released that year and put on repeat by ... (read more)

Report this review (#2693426) | Posted by DangHeck | Thursday, February 17, 2022 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Northern Ireland's And So I Watch You From Afar's eponymous debut sadly didn't get them acclaim it should. As a debut album for a band that plays two of the world's unknown genres (Post and Math Rock), it sort of dissappeared and they didn't get the appraise they needed until their second albu ... (read more)

Report this review (#558265) | Posted by The Runaway | Friday, October 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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