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Muze Review ASIWYFA's 'A Little Solidarity Goes A Long Way / Set Guitars To Kill'

'this ambitious foursome have the drive of some kind of bastard big tank and have managed to build not just their own reputation to towering heights but also that of a whole city'

ASIWYFA are due to release their new double A side single on April 6th 2009 through Smalltown America Records , this will include the tracks "Set Guitars to Kill" and "A little Solidarity Goes A Long Way", which are danceable, catchy and groove driven, they bring the ruckus like an instrumental Rage Against The Machine with the heart to match. Then on the other hand they are a grinding, booming lurching riff piston with explosive power and mathematical progression.

This four piece instrumental juggernaut from Belfast hit our shores with such an impact in 2008, they sideswiped us straight out of leftfield flying the flag for the Northern Irish music scene and setting the standard for the Do It Yourself (and for others) ethos. Their debut EP albeit lo-fi and limited to 500 copies, was so magnificently realised and powerfully played that they received awe inspired ecstatic praise.

ASIWYFA won accolades such as Huw Stephen’s Album of the Week, four K’s in Kerrang!, 10/10 from Radio One, Band Of The Year from ATL, in the Top Ten Northern Irish Songs of our lifetime from Alternative Ulster, glowing reviews in the NME and Top 50 Albums of 08 and Ones To Watch 09 in Rock Sound.

ASIWYFA live performances have been described by the press as stunning and unmissable, a tear jerking experience. Here is a band that rises above musical ghettos and incorporates influences from Hip Hop, Calypso, Irish Folk, Ethiopian Jazz, and Rune Metal. Their delicate minutiae of fidgeting rhythms and optimistic dream state melodies get steamrollered by a colossal sonic barrage of apocalyptic proportions.

Having been only together since 2006, this ambitious foursome have the drive of some kind of bastard big tank and have managed to build not just their own reputation to towering heights but also that of a whole city. This is their machine and it certainly doesn’t look like anything can stop it. Their self titled debut album is due for release April 13th 2009.

You can purchase "Set Guitars to Kill" and "A little Solidarity Goes A Long Way" single from April 6th on Vinyl and as digital download through the bands myspace, all good online stores or via the Smalltown America webstore. And So I Watch You From Afar will also be playing their Album launch show in the
Mandela Hall Belfast on April 4th.

- Muze, A*Muze