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Ballymen Times On ASIWYFA Album Launch

'ASIWYFA came to attention early last year, flying the flag for the Northern Irish music scene and setting the standard for the 'Do It Yourself'(and for others) ethos'

Rising Belfast instrumentalists, And So I Watch You From Afar, release their new single on Monday through cult label, Smalltown America Records.

The four-piece's new double A-side includes 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.

ASIWYFA - Rory Friers (guitar), Tony Wright (guitar), Johnny Adger (bass), Chris Wee (drums) - came to attention early last year, 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.

They quickly won accolades such as Huw Stephens' Album of the Week, four Ks 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.

And if the critical acclaim for their material wasn't enough, it also extended to their live performances, described as stunning and unmissable; a tear jerking experience.

Incorporating influences from Hip Hop, Calypso, Irish Folk, Ethiopian Jazz, and Rune Metal, ASIWYFA's 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 managed to build their reputation to towering with great expectations for their self-titled debut album which is due for release on April 13.


The new double A-side and the new album will be available to purchase on vinyl and as digital download through the band's myspace, all good online stores or via the Smalltown America webstore.

ASIWYFA will also be launching the new album at a special show in the Mandela Hall on April 4. They'll also be performing at the G Sessions in the Cellar Bar, Draperstown, this Friday, April 3.

- Ballymena Times