And So I Watch You From Afar opened their 2009 debut album with a track called Set Guitars To Kill, and then set about doing that over the next 10 years.
The Northern act are marking the 10-year anniversary of the debut album, which has gone down as one of the Irish albums of the millennium so far, a hyper-kinetic instrumental that pile-drived metal dynamics in with post-rock, punk, noise and a wickedly droll sense of humour (If It Ain’t Broke, Break It; Clench Fists, Grit Teeth, GO!).
Five albums in, they’re now playing five shows as a tribute to the first record, played in full, after taking it on tour in Europe this year. They’ve promised this is the last time they’ll do it, so take your chance when you still have it.
No official word on whether founding member and ASIWYFA songwriter/guitar sorcerer Tony Wright will be making an appearance, which would really do justice to the whole enterprise — but these creations remain an essential document of the Irish underground.
- And So I Watch You From Afar play the Roisin Dubh tonight (Monday) and tomorrow.