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Exploding From Out Of Nowhere ASIWYFA

"...there are just three words written in big capital letters that summed up the band's performance: ROCKED IT HARD."

In making notes for And So I Watch You From Afar, there are just three words written in big capital letters that summed up the band's performance: ROCKED IT HARD. Having exploded out of nowhere with their self-titled debut album, the band tonight prove why they've got so many people excited about the destruction of the instrumental music template. Sounding absolutely gigantic, at one point the band are pushing out so much energy that it almost feels as if the sturdy walls of Heaven are about to collapse. Near the end of the set a power plug gives up and falls out of its slot, whilst the pounding vibrations creep across the audiences skin, turning insides into residual matter and sounding damn good whilst in the process. ASIWYFA's biggest boon is their sense of humour. Throughout, they remain fun to listen to, refusing to give into the typical nature of pretentiousness that so often dominates bands that avoid vocals. Yelps and howls help accentuate the likes of opener "Set Guitars To Kill", whilst the whole set remains a treat of dynamics for the ears: the penultimate track builds into a crashing crescendo, whilst the set finale sees a lone guitar riff get quieter and quieter until the point where you are physically straining to hear the notes before it just absolutely explodes in a blaze of glory. Despite a few sour comments from members of the audience longing for a chorus they can obnoxiously scream along to, ASIWYFA trample over any and all opposition with a fantastic performance.

- Michael, The Only Thing I Know for Sure