It used to be that Reading & Leeds marked the end of the festival calendar. If you still believe that, then you’re living in the past, granddad. There are a whole load of tasty little outdoor festivals that the UK has to offer in the wake of the bloated August Bank Holiday Weekend has to offer – this week we’re turning our attention to the post-rock stylings of Bristol’s ArcTanGent.
And So I Watch You From Afar
And So I Watch You From Afar are a four-piece rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The band consists of Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy on guitars, Johnny Adger on bass and Chris Wee on drums. The band was formed in late 2005.
They wrote and released two albums and two EPs as a four-piece with former member Tony Wright. They write largely instrumental music with group vocals in parts; Rory writes a lot of the music, but they arrange and contribute Read more on Last.fm
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September 3rd, 2013
This week we let our web developer, Will Beardmore, out of his box to come join Hugh on our Cloudcast. This week we celebrate Avenged Sevenfold getting a UK no.1, mourn the death of Joey LaCaze, and spin some tracks from this week’s notable new releases and tours.
August 11th, 2013
With the August Bank Holiday weekend rapidly approaching, Reading & Leeds Festivals are once again upon us. As with every year, Reading & Leeds have a bit fat dollop of heaviness in among the landfill indie, so for this week’s Sunday Slaylist we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of the hardest and heaviest from their 2013 line-ups.
December 7th, 2011
The votes are in, the arguments have been settled, and the fights concluded without too much bloodshed – The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011 list is here. We polled all of our writers, photographers, and contributors as to what their favourite records of the year have been, and through a series of complex mathematical formulae, we’ve calculated the 20 albums that have come out on top.
May 11th, 2011
It’s time for The Great Escape 2011 so we’re off to Brighton for a few days to drink beer and get a dry face and fuzzy ears from watching bands while standing near to a large, salty body of water.
Because TGE is a big thing, there’s not very much metal going on so we thought we’d point out the token gigs of heaviness for you and list all the bands that we think are noteworthy PLUS when and where they’re playing.
There is nothing here that resembles a Turisas song.
June 9th, 2008
Every so often Thrash Hits .com stumbles upon a band totally by accident and falls in love a bit. Emma Edmondson introduces the unwieldily monickered, And So I Watch You From Afar.
Who needs lyrics? Beethoven didn’t and he’s one the biggest selling music dudes around. And so it goes neither do And So I Watch You From Afar. Who, despite having a massive mouthful of letters in their name, abscond from any wordage on their tracks.
“It was meant to be a bit Orwellian but instead we seem to come across as stalkers,” explains animated guitarist Tony Wright AKA Tony Face Eater. “With the long song titles we just want to make sloganeering statements of intent. Some of the new songs only have one word in the title though.”
A blazing mini rock opera in each five-minute plus opus the Northern Ireland four-piece aren’t afraid to tease your brain with gliding guitar sonics before dropping in a barrage of string and skin mauling so loud and brain throttling it’d make any hardened Hitler cry salt tears. Sob.
Watch ‘Clench Fists, Grit Teeth… GO’ by And So I Watch You From Afar
Despite drawing comparisons with other instrumentalists like 65daysofstatic and other postrock specialists such as My Vitriol, Tony insists that none of the band really listens to those sort of bands.
So, let’s get this clear – three chord strumming schmindie mimsies they’re not (“We’re just a band, but we’re a fucking great band.”) In fact their orchestrabatics are so genius they make fellow vocal dodger Beethoven’s symphonies seem like that of a grade A dunce. And that’s no easy feat.
Having already whipped up a salivating tornado of frenzy in their Belfast hometown the quartet are currently putting final tweaks on the tracks for their as-yet-untitled full-length debut album, due for release this autumn and it’s going to be bloody fantastic. Go discover them now.
This Is Our Machine And Nothing Can Stop It by And So I Watch You From Afar is out now on Our Machine Records.
Photograph by Graham Smith