Belfast Rockers And So I Watch You From Afar make a very rare appearance in Mayo at Bar Ritz (Mulroys Bar ) Castlebar next Thursday night, May 19 as part of the Finbar Hoban Presents series. The band have just released their second album Gangs. This promises to be one of the biggest rock shows in Castlebar this May.
The band have just signed to The Richter Collective label, home to such acts as Adebisi Shank, The Redneck Manifesto and Not Squares.
Known for their unrelenting tours that has seen them play some 300 gigs since the start of 2009, Belfast’s And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA to their fans ) don’t know how to take a break.
In between, the band were nominated for a Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year and XFM’s new music album of the year, released The Letters EP in February 2010, and a stop-gap tour single ‘Straight Through The Sun’ in November 2010.
It’s a small wonder then, that the band actually managed to record their highly-charged second album Gangs at all with that punishing schedule. It was recorded on weekdays between festival appearances over the summer of 2010 during July and August in Start Together Studios, Belfast, with producer Rocky O’Reilly and the help of a young technician by the name of Lee McMahon. A matter of weeks before they entered the studio, the band scrapped 22 songs they had written after the release of their self-titled debut.
As a result, Gangs is the band’s most cohesive record, a 44 minute, eight song unyielding document of the band’s last two years playing together told through ironclad guitar riffs and colossal yet increasingly subtle rhythms. Tickets are still available for this show and can be purchased from Mulroys Bar Castlebar. For more booking info contact 094 9028954 or join Finbar Hoban Presents on Facebook and Twitter now for the latest updates on this show. Doors open at 8.30pm, first band on stage at 9pm sharp.