We are pleased to announce that And So I Watch You From Afar have confirmed two UK headline dates this year. The four-piece rock band will perform at Manchester Gorilla on 29th April and London Islington Assembly Hall on 1st May. Tickets are on sale now and available from gigst.rs/ASIWYFA
Wed 29-Apr-2015 – Manchester Gorilla -12.50
Fri 01-May-2015 – London Islington Assembly Hall – £13.50
And So I Watch You From Afar has announced its upcoming fourth full-length album entitled ‘Heirs’, to be released worldwide by Sargent House on May 4, 2015.
And So I Watch You From Afar Premiere New Single ‘Run Home’ With DIY
New album ‘Heirs’ due out 4th May 2015 via Sargent House
And So I Watch You From Afar 31-date European tour starting 28th April 2015 (see dates below)
“Double-timed drums, rollicking “yo” chants and ear-gouging guitar licks – this is a shameless showcase of all things bonkers.” – DIY
Today And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA) have premiered their new single, ‘Run Home’ with DIY. The track comes from the quartet’s highly anticipated new album ‘Heirs’ due out 4th May 2015 via Sargent House (home to the likes of Russian Circles, Boris, Chelsea Wolfe, and Tera Melos). This will be the eclectic quartet’s fourth full length album following on from their widely acclaimed album ‘All Hail Bright Futures’.
And So I Watch You From Afar have applied to their fourth album the same rigorous work ethic that has seen them touring nearly non-stop all over the world in recent years — including less common tour stops like China, Russia, India and Africa. Heirs is both the band’s most painstakingly created album as well as its most personal and meaningful. “Its central theme is about the inheritance of ideas,” the band says. “In that we’re all heirs to other peoples’ passion, which in turn inspires ourselves.”
Many new lives, new imperatives and invigorated perspectives helped shape the 10-song album borne of over 30 tracks written in prolific isolation spanning over 6 months in the band’s Belfast, Northern Ireland home. It’s a work of intense focus and adventurous abandon that reaches to the heart of artistic expression.
“We started making the album while touring in 2013,” guitarist Rory Friers explains. “We would be recording demos in our hotel rooms, back stage and we would even hire out rehearsal rooms during days off.” Being the first album with new guitarist Niall Kennedy (who joined as a touring member in 2012), the band grew increasingly productive taking half a year off from the road and working nearly every waking moment together in their rehearsal room. Friers and Kennedy, along with drummer Chris Wee and bassist Johnathan Adger amassed about 30 new songs, which were then whittled down to 15 tracks. Of those 15, only 10 songs made the final cut, carefully selecting those that best represented the ideas and feelings the band wanted to express with the album.
“It’s called Heirs as a tribute to a lot of new people who came into all our lives during the writing and recording of the album — lots of nephews and Johnny had a daughter, Eisa,” Friers explains. “It seems like the songs soaked up all those feelings we had during the writing. Because making the album was such an intentionally intense and full time experience none of us where listening to much other music or even experiencing much else outside of it. So, it feels like a very pure representation of what happens when these four people decide to make music together. It was a very intense time and the record has been shaped by that.”
Album opener “Run Home” kicks things off with a flurry of hammer-on guitar notes and a chorus of voices chanting the two words of the song title as the band races toward the anthem’s explosive conclusion. Elsewhere, Wee’s maniacal double-time rolling toms, Adger’s rumbling heavily-distorted bass and murmuring guitar notes drive the perpetually buzzing (and fittingly titled) “Wasps” as reverb-drenched voices howl above the proceedings until banshee wail harmonized guitars erupt, nearly decimating everything in their path. “A Beacon, A Compass, An Anchor” takes a slow build approach, starting out with melancholy chords fading in to a pulsing 3/4-time driving rhythm section and muted, scraped guitars leading to a soaring harmonized guitar leads. The album title track is also its longest at seven and a half minutes, and fittingly as explorative as all that went into the album’s creation. Staccato guitar chords lead into an impossibly complex time signature as half-time drums and bass drop in while a heavily-effected guitar lead veers throughout the tune. All of those elements converge into an anthemic melody that peaks with a simple, infectious hook in the last 1:27 that ties Heirs up concisely with its deliberate, determined power.
Heirs will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on 4th May 2015 via Sargent House.
28-Apr 2015 – UK – GLASGOW – King Tuts
29-Apr 2015 – UK – MANCHESTER – Gorilla
30-Apr 2015 – UK – BRISTOL – Marble Factory
1-May 2015 – UK – LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall
2-May 2015 – FRANCE – DUNKERQUE – 4Ecluses
3-May 2015 – LUXEMBOURG – LUXEMBOURG – den Atelier
4-May 2015 – FRANCE – PARIS – Fleche d’Or
6-May 2015 – BELGIUM – BRUSSELS – VK*
7-May 2015 – NETHERLANDS – ROTTERDAM – Rotown
8-May 2015 – NETHERLANDS – EINDHOVEN – Effenaar, Small Hall
9-May 2015 – NETHERLANDS – DEVENTER – Burgerweeshuis
10-May 2015 – FRANCE – NANTES – Le Ferrailleur
11-May 2015 – FRANCE – CLERMONT FERRAND – La Cooperative de Mai Club
12-May 2015 – SWITZERLAND – ZURICH – Dynamo
13-May – 2015 – SWITZERLAND – BERN – Dachstock @ Reitschule
14-May – 2015 – SWITZERLAND – GENEVA – Usine
15-May – 2015 – ITALY – MILAN – Leoncavallo
16-May – 2015 – ITALY – ROME – Venue TBC
17-May – 2015 – ITALY – MODENA – La Tenda
19-May – 2015 – SLOVENIA – LJUBLJANA – Kino Šiška
20-May – 2015 – CROATIA – ZAGREB – Zedno Uho Festival
21-May – 2015 – HUNGARY – BUDAPEST – Dürer Kert
22-May – 2015 – AUSTRIA – VIENNA – Arena
23-May – 2015 – GERMANY – MUNICH – Ampere
25-May – 2015 – CZECH REPUBLIC – PRAGUE – NoD Teatro
26-May – 2015 – GERMANY – WIESBADEN – Schlachthof
27-May – 2015 – GERMANY – LIEPZIG – Täubchental
28-May – 2015 – GERMANY – BERLIN – Bi Nuu
29-May – 2015 – GERMANY – HAMBURG – Logo
30-May – 2015 – GERMANY – ESSEN – Zeche Carl
31-May – 2015 – GERMANY – COLOGNE – Underground
01-June-2015 – NETHERLANDS – AMSTERDAM- Paradiso
19th June 2015 – IRELAND – DUBLIN– Olympia Theatre
20th – June 2015 – NORTHERN IRELAND – BELFAST – Mandela Hall