Pavelware Review ASIWYFA's "The Voiceless"

It's easy to see why so many people have connected with the band's music based solely on this one piece.

It has been a while since I’ve pathetically mused a little on music - so I thought I had better rectify that with some pondering, this time over "The Voiceless" - a song many might call the signature tune of Belfast based band And So I Watch You From Afar.

I’m not sure if you could classify it as their signature, because it is positively prosaic compared to a lot of their other material. Opening with a very distinctive guitar (one which stands out as instantly recognisable even), the song slowly builds, holding both the mood and your attention throughout. An entire selection of rhythms come together gradually as the song progresses, bolstered by the militaristic drumming of Chris Wee - and whilst it eventually breaks free and charges for your ears, each individual instrument is crystal clear. Harmonious one might even say - feeling like more of an orchestral composition than an actual song. It’s easy to see why so many people have connected with the band’s music based solely on this one piece.

As a live track it is positively compelling to listen to, and the semi-pause halfway through gives the audience time to catch their breath - quite possibly for the best - as it then continues to resonate thanks to the work of Jonny Adger on bass, creating melodic driving sound-scapes that you don’t so much listen to as absorb. Listening in the presence of an attentive crowd is a rather eerie experience as you get the feeling that everyone is unified by the same emotional uplift powering from the speakers. The always forceful performance of both Rory Friers and Tony Wright rarely lands on deaf ears.

With all of ASIWYFA’s music there is a lot that can be said in the absence of lyrics - but there is an overwhelming sense of energy if nothing else. I have often said that their music constantly sounds like a form of emotional warfare, of fighting - and this is no different, although you could say the style is more measured.

Less physical and more psychological.

…and possibly, the song is speaking out to fight for those who cannot speak?

- Matthew Patton, Pavelware