And So I Watch You from Afar

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And So I Watch You From Afar
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ASIWYFA
Background information
Origin Belfast, Northern Ireland
Genres Post-rock, instrumental rock, math rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Smalltown America (2007-2010)
Richter Collective (2011-2012)
Sargent House
Associated acts Axis Of
VerseChorusVerse
7.5 Tonnes Of Beard
Website Official site
Facebook
Members Rory Friers
Niall Kennedy
Johnny Adger
Chris Wee
Past members Tony Wright

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 guitar, Johnny Adger on bass and Chris Wee on drums. They wrote and released two albums and two EPs with former member Tony Wright. They write largely instrumental music with group vocals in parts; Friers writes a lot of the music, but they arrange and contribute to these songs in the rehearsal room as a three-piece to make them into finished ASIWYFA songs; it is an ever-changing process. They are signed to Richter Collective, and in October 2011 the band announced a deal in North America with management and record label Sargent House, who released Gangs on November 8, 2011.

History[edit]

Their self-titled debut album was named the 6th best album of 2009 by Rock Sound.[1]

Tony Wright's departure, September 2011[edit]

At the end of August 2011 one of the four founding members, Tony Wright, left ASIWYFA. He played his last show at Electric Picnic Festival but made a one off appearance at the NIMA at the Ulster Hall in Belfast to say his final farewell to the ASIWYFA fans. He said about the night "I didn't do it for me or for the boys in the band, but for the people who made And So I Watch You From Afar what they are. Because without the people, believe me, we – and they – are nothing."[2][3]

In August 2012, the band embarked on a 5 city China tour organised by Beijing and Shanghai based company Split Works.[4]

Fourth Studio Album[edit]

On July 7, 2014, ASIWYFA began recording their Fourth Studio Album.[5][6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
IRL
[7]
UK
2009 And So I Watch You From Afar
2011 Gangs
  • Released: April 29, 2011
  • Label: Richter Collective
  • Formats: CD, Download
28
2013 All Hail Bright Futures 81
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart position Album
IRL
2009 "Set Guitars To Kill" And So I Watch You From Afar
"S Is For Salamander" The Letters EP
2010 "Straight Through The Sun"
2011 "Search:Party:Animal" Gangs
"BeautifulUniverseMasterChampion"
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
IRL
2007 This Is Our Machine And Nothing Can Stop It
  • Formats: CD
Tonight The City Burns
  • Formats: CD
2010 The Letters
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

Band members[edit]

Former member[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 75 Albums". Rock Sound (130). Christmas 2009. p. 27. "[6] And So I Watch You From Afar - 'And So I Watch You From Afar'" 
  2. ^ "Big Riffs At Close Quarters: And So I Watch You From Afar Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tony Wright leaves And So I Watch You From Afar". BBC. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "August Rush: And So I Watch You From Afar Are Coming To China_Split Works". Spli-t.com. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  5. ^ "07/07/2014 Day 1 ASIWYFA Album 4 Tracking begins". @jonathandavidadger. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  6. ^ "And So I Watch You From Afar have just started recording for the new album". sargenthouseeu.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Irish Charts > And So I Watch You From Afar". irish-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 

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