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Album: More Than Conquerors – Everything I’ve Learnt

October 9th, 2013

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More Than Conquerors
Everything I’ve Learnt
Smalltown America
30 September 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

Some records work much better at certain times of year. For example, the sugary pop punk bands of this world should be doing their damnedest to get releases out in the summer so they can cash in everyone’s posi-sunshine vibes. Much in the same way it makes a lot of sense for More Than Conquerors to be releasing their new album Everything I’ve Learnt now we’re leaving summer behind and heading into the autumn and winter months.

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Future Hits 094: Stillpoint

September 21st, 2011

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Stillpoint
From: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lazy Equation: (Funeral For A Friend + My Vitriol) x Biffy Clyro
URL: Facebook // Bandcamp

Thrash Hits Verdict:
Like something out of 2001, we heard Stillpoint rocking out on the the RADIO. Yeah, crazy talk isn’t it. Obviously, these days we find bands via MySpace all the time… Anyway. This Northern Irish trio even sounded a bit like they were from ten years ago, but not in a bad way. More in a way of all those awesome British rock bands (Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes, Reuben, etc) who were emerging around the turn of the millennium. In an awesome way. Check them out.

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Future Hits 002: And So I Watch You From Afar

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.

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

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