Tuesday, October 17, 2017

And So I Watch You From Afar streaming entire forthcoming album early via The Independent UK


"Combining a few slower, more contemplative yet complex melodies alongside passages of pure, blistering riffs and thunderous percussion, it shows off the raw energy that they aimed to instil into the whole of The Endless Shimmering."-- DIY

“These guys have figured out how to make instrumental prowess and infectious songwriting go hand in hand.” — PopMatters

"Ushers in a new chapter in the life of And So I Watch You From Afar. These 9 tracks are the band’s most focused and taut songs to date and yet they still sound thrillingly vibrant and full of life." -- The Independent 


Northern Ireland's And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA) are streaming their entire forthcoming album The Endless Shimmering early beginning today via The Independent UK. Hear and share The Endless Shimmering alongside an in-depth interview with the band HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

PopMatters recently hosted the track "Terrors of Pleasure" HEREASIWYFA previously launched a video for the first single, "A Slow Unfolding Of Wings" via DIY HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.) Second album track "Dying Giants" is available via YouTube HERE

In support of the album, ASIWYFA launch an extensive EU/UK tour this Fall. They will be joined by Gallops for all of their UK dates. Please see complete dates below, 

ASIWYFA have a relentless thirst for touring and over the past 7-years they have tallied up almost 500 shows worldwide -- including less common tour stops such as China, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

The Endless Shimmering will be available everywhere October 20th, 2017 via Sargent House. Pre-orders are available at iTunes HERE and LP/CD HERE.

FULL BIO & TOUR DATES BELOW

Instinct. We all know what it is, but are hard pressed to acknowledge just how it guides us. Instinct subtly defines our identities, despite our attempts to defy it. The Endless Shimmering, the fifth album by Belfast, Northern Ireland quartet And So I Watch You From Afar, is the sound of a band operating on its pure instincts. 

Every individual is an algorithm of prior lives and experience acting as its own sovereign entity. Every band is itself a combined algorithm of those instincts, driven by unconscious will to replicate itself in the world as if it were flesh and blood like the people who embody it. The Endless Shimmering is visceral and expressive -- decidedly alive and purely instinctual; not conceptualized or postured. It's ASIWYFA -- guitarists Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy, bassist Johnathan Adger and drummer Chris Wee -- manifest as a being beyond itself. 

"We laid everything bare and put everything we had into the songs," Adger says. "And we hope people can feel that and use that without us having to be to overt in how we present it. The album was charged with a lot of what we were all going through as individuals, but we wanted to allow it to become people's soundtrack to whatever they need in their life at this moment."

Perhaps the most immediately noticeable difference on this album is that the ensemble vocals of the previous recordings Heirs and All Hail Bright Futures is dialed back considerably to allow the music to come to the fore. The difference gives the musicians freedom to stretch out and truly shine as performers. 

The decision was made early on that this record would not be rushed toward completion and the band allowed themselves the time to let it come together organically. "We wrote around 30 tracks before deciding these 9 tracks would make the record," Friers explains. "We then spent a long time playing them everyday to allow them to become almost as if we'd already toured them, ingrained in our muscle memory."

The band flew to Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, RI in March 2017, aiming specifically to record live performances of the songs. Just as they arrived, a major snow storm brought the Northeast coast to a standstill. "We tracked, ate, washed and slept at the studio," Friers says. "And 9 days later we had recorded and mixed the entire album just as the snow began to melt." 

The album opens with a brief, hushed guitar murmur as Wee's forceful galloping beat sets course on "Three Triangles" while the guitars seem to slowly awaken with whining notes that slowly build upon one another until it all abruptly halts. The whole band suddenly kicks in with chopping start and stop blasts as the chirping lead melody leads the proceedings toward a swirling apex. Elsewhere, "All I Need is Space" and "Terrors of Pleasure" show the band at their finest, unfolding complex, bobbing guitar figures over propulsive and jagged rhythms, while occasionally lunging into ethereal blooms at the drop of a hat. The title track's unabashedly beautiful and hopeful melody begins so quietly it's as if it tries to sneak in under the radar as palm-muted arpeggiated chords and a clean plucked single note line asserts an optimism that finally infects the rest of the band, as they join the chorus of, well, near endless shimmering. Album closer "Chrysalism" is just the anthemic rush that makes ASIWYFA's live shows such transcendent experiences. 

The Endless Shimmering will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 20th, 2017 via Sargent House

ASIWYFA TOUR 2017
OCT 18 Haarlem, NL // Patronaat 
OCT 19 Utrecht, NL // EKKO
OCT 20 Nijmegen, NL // Doornroosje (Purple Room)
OCT 21 Osnabrück, DE // KI. Freiheit
OCT 22 Karlsruhe, DE // Stadtmitte
OCT 23 Eindhoven, NL // DDWMusic Festival
OCT 24 Rouen, FR // Le 106 Club
OCT 25 Nantes, FR // Le Ferrailleur
OCT 26 Bordeaux, FR // Le Void
OCT 27 Barcelona, ES // AM Fest
OCT 28 Madrid, ES // Sala Caracol
OCT 29 Porto, PT // Hard Club
OCT 30 Lisbon, PT // Musicbox
NOV 02 Milan, IT // Magnolia
NOV 03 Fribourg, CH // Nouveau Monde
NOV 04 Winterthur, CH // Gaswerk
NOV 05 Pratteln, CH // MiniZ7
NOV 06 München, DE // Ampere
NOV 07 Prague, CZ // NoD Teatro
NOV 08 Leipzig, DE // Conne Island
NOV 09 Berlin, DE // Lido
NOV 10 Hannover, DE // Bei Chez Heinz
NOV 12 Cologne, DE // Gebäude 9
NOV 13 Wiesbaden, DE // Schlachthof
NOV 14 Essen, DE // Zeche Carl
NOV 15 Hamburg, DE // Knust
NOV 16 Groningen, NL // Vera
NOV 17 Maastricht, NL // Muziekgieterij
NOV 18 Louvain-La-Neuve, BE // Festival La Ferme
NOV 19 Kortrijk, BE // De Kreun
NOV 21 Paris, FR // Maroquinerie
NOV 22 Luxembourg, LU // Rockhal
NOV 23 London, UK // Koko
NOV 24 Manchester, UK // Academy 2
NOV 25 Glasgow, UK // Oran Mor
NOV 26 Bristol, UK // Thekla - SOLD OUT
DEC 28 Dublin, Ireland // Academy
DEC 29 Castlebar Co Mayo, Ireland // Garbo's
DEC 30 Cork, Ireland // Cypress Avenue
DEC 31 Galway, Ireland // Roisin Dubh



Artist: And So I Watch You From Afar
Album: The Endless Shimmering
Record Label: Sargent House
Release date: October 20th, 2017

01. Three Triangles
02. A Slow Unfolding Of Wings
03. Terrors Of Pleasure
04. Dying Giants
05. All I Need Is Space
06. The Endless Shimmering
07. Mullally
08. I'll Share A Life
09. Chrysalism










On the Web:


Thursday, October 12, 2017

And So I Watch You From Afar premiere "Terrors of Pleasure" single from forthcoming album

"Combining a few slower, more contemplative yet complex melodies alongside passages of pure, blistering riffs and thunderous percussion, it shows off the raw energy that they aimed to instil into the whole of The Endless Shimmering."-- DIY

“These guys have figured out how to make instrumental prowess and infectious songwriting go hand in hand.” — PopMatters


Northern Ireland's And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA) share a new track today from their forthcoming album The Endless Shimmering via PopMatters. This will be the eclectic quartet's fifth full length album following on from their widely acclaimed album Heirs. The song "Terrors of Pleasure" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

ASIWYFA previously launched a video for the first single, "A Slow Unfolding Of Wings" via DIY HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.) Second album track "Dying Giants" is available via YouTube HERE

In support of the album, ASIWYFA launch an extensive EU/UK tour this Fall. They will be joined by Gallops for all of their UK dates. Please see complete dates below, 

ASIWYFA have a relentless thirst for touring and over the past 7-years they have tallied up almost 500 shows worldwide -- including less common tour stops such as China, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

The Endless Shimmering will be available everywhere October 20th, 2017 via Sargent House. Pre-orders are available at iTunes HERE and LP/CD HERE.

FULL BIO & TOUR DATES BELOW

Instinct. We all know what it is, but are hard pressed to acknowledge just how it guides us. Instinct subtly defines our identities, despite our attempts to defy it. The Endless Shimmering, the fifth album by Belfast, Northern Ireland quartet And So I Watch You From Afar, is the sound of a band operating on its pure instincts. 

Every individual is an algorithm of prior lives and experience acting as its own sovereign entity. Every band is itself a combined algorithm of those instincts, driven by unconscious will to replicate itself in the world as if it were flesh and blood like the people who embody it. The Endless Shimmering is visceral and expressive -- decidedly alive and purely instinctual; not conceptualized or postured. It's ASIWYFA -- guitarists Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy, bassist Johnathan Adger and drummer Chris Wee -- manifest as a being beyond itself. 

"We laid everything bare and put everything we had into the songs," Adger says. "And we hope people can feel that and use that without us having to be to overt in how we present it. The album was charged with a lot of what we were all going through as individuals, but we wanted to allow it to become people's soundtrack to whatever they need in their life at this moment."

Perhaps the most immediately noticeable difference on this album is that the ensemble vocals of the previous recordings Heirs and All Hail Bright Futures is dialed back considerably to allow the music to come to the fore. The difference gives the musicians freedom to stretch out and truly shine as performers. 

The decision was made early on that this record would not be rushed toward completion and the band allowed themselves the time to let it come together organically. "We wrote around 30 tracks before deciding these 9 tracks would make the record," Friers explains. "We then spent a long time playing them everyday to allow them to become almost as if we'd already toured them, ingrained in our muscle memory."

The band flew to Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, RI in March 2017, aiming specifically to record live performances of the songs. Just as they arrived, a major snow storm brought the Northeast coast to a standstill. "We tracked, ate, washed and slept at the studio," Friers says. "And 9 days later we had recorded and mixed the entire album just as the snow began to melt." 

The album opens with a brief, hushed guitar murmur as Wee's forceful galloping beat sets course on "Three Triangles" while the guitars seem to slowly awaken with whining notes that slowly build upon one another until it all abruptly halts. The whole band suddenly kicks in with chopping start and stop blasts as the chirping lead melody leads the proceedings toward a swirling apex. Elsewhere, "All I Need is Space" and "Terrors of Pleasure" show the band at their finest, unfolding complex, bobbing guitar figures over propulsive and jagged rhythms, while occasionally lunging into ethereal blooms at the drop of a hat. The title track's unabashedly beautiful and hopeful melody begins so quietly it's as if it tries to sneak in under the radar as palm-muted arpeggiated chords and a clean plucked single note line asserts an optimism that finally infects the rest of the band, as they join the chorus of, well, near endless shimmering. Album closer "Chrysalism" is just the anthemic rush that makes ASIWYFA's live shows such transcendent experiences. 

The Endless Shimmering will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 20th, 2017 via Sargent House

ASIWYFA TOUR 2017
OCT 18 Haarlem, NL // Patronaat 
OCT 19 Utrecht, NL // EKKO
OCT 20 Nijmegen, NL // Doornroosje (Purple Room)
OCT 21 Osnabrück, DE // KI. Freiheit
OCT 22 Karlsruhe, DE // Stadtmitte
OCT 23 Eindhoven, NL // DDWMusic Festival
OCT 24 Rouen, FR // Le 106 Club
OCT 25 Nantes, FR // Le Ferrailleur
OCT 26 Bordeaux, FR // Le Void
OCT 27 Barcelona, ES // AM Fest
OCT 28 Madrid, ES // Sala Caracol
OCT 29 Porto, PT // Hard Club
OCT 30 Lisbon, PT // Musicbox
NOV 02 Milan, IT // Magnolia
NOV 03 Fribourg, CH // Nouveau Monde
NOV 04 Winterthur, CH // Gaswerk
NOV 05 Pratteln, CH // MiniZ7
NOV 06 München, DE // Ampere
NOV 07 Prague, CZ // NoD Teatro
NOV 08 Leipzig, DE // Conne Island
NOV 09 Berlin, DE // Lido
NOV 10 Hannover, DE // Bei Chez Heinz
NOV 12 Cologne, DE // Gebäude 9
NOV 13 Wiesbaden, DE // Schlachthof
NOV 14 Essen, DE // Zeche Carl
NOV 15 Hamburg, DE // Knust
NOV 16 Groningen, NL // Vera
NOV 17 Maastricht, NL // Muziekgieterij
NOV 18 Louvain-La-Neuve, BE // Festival La Ferme
NOV 19 Kortrijk, BE // De Kreun
NOV 21 Paris, FR // Maroquinerie
NOV 22 Luxembourg, LU // Rockhal
NOV 23 London, UK // Koko
NOV 24 Manchester, UK // Academy 2
NOV 25 Glasgow, UK // Oran Mor
NOV 26 Bristol, UK // Thekla
DEC 28 Dublin, Ireland // Academy
DEC 29 Castlebar Co Mayo, Ireland // Garbo's
DEC 30 Cork, Ireland // Cypress Avenue
DEC 31 Galway, Ireland // Roisin Dubh



Artist: And So I Watch You From Afar
Album: The Endless Shimmering
Record Label: Sargent House
Release date: October 20th, 2017

01. Three Triangles
02. A Slow Unfolding Of Wings
03. Terrors Of Pleasure
04. Dying Giants
05. All I Need Is Space
06. The Endless Shimmering
07. Mullally
08. I'll Share A Life
09. Chrysalism










On the Web:


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

R.I.P. stream 'Street Reaper' album ahead of release via Metal Injection; "like Jello Biafra fronting a doom band"

"Street Reaper is just a disgusting, punk-rock-meets-Black Sabbath shredder that's going to leave a film of filth on any speaker that has the misfortune to output its gnarly sounds." -- Metal Injection

"Stepping into a cassette-era theatricality that suits the rawer production almost surprisingly well, R.I.P. find a place for '80s and early '90s nostalgia that's not overblown would-be glam or retro-minded thrash, but would nonetheless fit well on a bill next to Slayer during their big-hair days, despite the obvious sonic discrepancies." -- The Obelisk


Portland, OR 'Street Doom' quartet R.I.P. is streaming their forthcoming sophomore album Street Reaper in full ahead of release starting today via Metal Injection. Hear and share the full album HERE. (Or, YouTube and Bandcamp.)


CvltNation recently shared "The Casket" HEREMetal Injection previously launched lead single "The Other Side" HEREThe Obelisk hosted "Unmarked Grave" HERE. Ghost Cult debuted "Die In Vain" HERE

When R.I.P. came crawling out of the sewers of Portland, OR last year, their grimy, sleazy Street Doom was already a fully formed monstrosity that quickly infected the minds of everyone it encountered. Now, borne from the band's declining state of mental health and increasing focus on songwriting, Street Reaper is an even more unhinged and menacing album than their 2016 debut In The Wind

Borrowing equally from 80s Rick Rubin productions and Murder Dog magazine aesthetics, Street Reaper is a streamlined, yet brutally raw manifesto of heavy metal ferocity hearkening to the era when both metal and hip hop were reviled as the work of street thugs intent on destroying America's youth.

Throughout, Angel Martinez's guitar and John Mullett's bass are inextricably interlocked, sounding like a massive sonic steamroller, while drummer Willie D keeps the beat solid and simple for the most powerful impact. And, the band's extensive touring and excessive virgin sacrifices have clearly endued singer Fuzz with evermore agile vocal chords to drive it all home with extreme precision.

Operating on the belief that doom is not tied to a tuning or a time signature, but rather a raw and terrified feeling, R.I.P. eschews well trodden fantasy and mysticism tropes of the genre and focuses on conveying the horror and chaos inherent in the everyday reality of the human mind. With several years of touring under their heavily studded belt, R.I.P. has distinguished themselves from the interchangeable hordes of bands trying to play heavy metal by crafting an aesthetic and a sound all their own, focusing on the things that make metal heavy rather than adhering to the formulaic confines of a particular sub-genre.

Street Reaper opens with the knockout punch of "Unmarked Grave" and the rest is just sheer bludgeoning for bludgeoning's sake as the album echoes the grimy vibe of legends like Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Motorhead, with the no b.s. aesthetic of the early Metal Massacre compilations. 

Street Reaper will be available on LP, CD and download on October 13th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records

R.I.P. LIVE:
10/13 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge - album release party
10/14 Seattle, WA @ The Highline 


Artist: R.I.P.
Album: Street Reaper
Record Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 13th, 2017

01. Unmarked Grave
02. Street Reaper
03. Mother Road
04. The Dark
05. The Other Side
06. Shadows Fools
07. Brimstone
08. The Cross
09. The Casket
10. Die In Vain









On The Web:

Friday, October 6, 2017

R.I.P. premiere "Die In Vain" from forthcoming street doom masterwork out Friday the 13th

"R.I.P. nails down that slower heaviness of classic doom bands, yet bares its teeth like a punk band --hence, street doom." -- Metal Injection

"Stepping into a cassette-era theatricality that suits the rawer production almost surprisingly well, R.I.P. find a place for ’80s and early ’90s nostalgia that’s not overblown would-be glam or retro-minded thrash, but would nonetheless fit well on a bill next to Slayer during their big-hair days, despite the obvious sonic discrepancies." -- The Obelisk


Portland, OR 'Street Doom' quartet R.I.P. shares a new track from their forthcoming sophomore album Street Reaper today via Ghost Cult Magazine. Hear and share the album closer "Die In Vain" HERE. (also YouTube and Bandcamp.)

CvltNation recently shared "The Casket" HEREMetal Injection previously launched lead single "The Other Side" HEREThe Obelisk hosted "Unmarked Grave" HERE.

When R.I.P. came crawling out of the sewers of Portland, OR last year, their grimy, sleazy Street Doom was already a fully formed monstrosity that quickly infected the minds of everyone it encountered. Now, borne from the band's declining state of mental health and increasing focus on songwriting, Street Reaper is an even more unhinged and menacing album than their 2016 debut In The Wind

Borrowing equally from 80s Rick Rubin productions and Murder Dog magazine aesthetics, Street Reaper is a streamlined, yet brutally raw manifesto of heavy metal ferocity hearkening to the era when both metal and hip hop were reviled as the work of street thugs intent on destroying America's youth.

Throughout, Angel Martinez's guitar and John Mullett's bass are inextricably interlocked, sounding like a massive sonic steamroller, while drummer Willie D keeps the beat solid and simple for the most powerful impact. And, the band's extensive touring and excessive virgin sacrifices have clearly endued singer Fuzz with evermore agile vocal chords to drive it all home with extreme precision.

Operating on the belief that doom is not tied to a tuning or a time signature, but rather a raw and terrified feeling, R.I.P. eschews well trodden fantasy and mysticism tropes of the genre and focuses on conveying the horror and chaos inherent in the everyday reality of the human mind. With several years of touring under their heavily studded belt, R.I.P. has distinguished themselves from the interchangeable hordes of bands trying to play heavy metal by crafting an aesthetic and a sound all their own, focusing on the things that make metal heavy rather than adhering to the formulaic confines of a particular sub-genre.

Street Reaper opens with the knockout punch of "Unmarked Grave" and the rest is just sheer bludgeoning for bludgeoning's sake as the album echoes the grimy vibe of legends like Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Motorhead, with the no b.s. aesthetic of the early Metal Massacre compilations. 

Street Reaper will be available on LP, CD and download on October 13th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records

R.I.P. LIVE:
10/13 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge - album release party
10/14 Seattle, WA @ The Highline 


Artist: R.I.P.
Album: Street Reaper
Record Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 13th, 2017

01. Unmarked Grave
02. Street Reaper
03. Mother Road
04. The Dark
05. The Other Side
06. Shadows Fools
07. Brimstone
08. The Cross
09. The Casket
10. Die In Vain









On The Web:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

'Brown Acid' comp of rare 60s-70s proto-metal singles shares "Icky Bicky" via Tiny Mix Tapes


"So rare that diehard fuzz junkies say you'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than finding a physical 45 rpm single by one of the bands featured on their latest installment." -- Dangerous Minds

"A great distillation of what the underground was capable of back in the day, and still feels as fresh and poignant now." -- Clrvynt


A new single from the forthcoming edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Fifth Trip, is available today alongside a feature on the anthology at Tiny Mix Tapes. Hear & share the rousing "Icky Bicky" by 70s Canadian rockers Flasher HERE (also YouTube and Bandcamp.)

The series, curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records recently received the pinnacle of endorsements: Lenny Kaye, creator of the legendary Nuggets compilation series (and guitarist in Patti Smith Band & Creem Magazine scribe), picked up his own copies of the previous editions, seen here via Instagram:



Album opener and extremely rare 1968 wailer "No Reason" by Captain Foam recently launched via Ghost Cult Magazine. (Direct Bandcamp and YouTube.) The first single "Blowin' Smoke" by George Brigman (the 70s DIY hard rock version of Dead Moon's Fred Cole) previously launched via YouTube and Bandcamp.

Dangerous Minds featured the previous collection, The Fourth Trip HERE

About Brown Acid: The Fifth Trip:

We’re back! And the hits just keep coming. For the fifth lysergic journey, we’ve assembled 10 heavy slabs of obscure rock the likes of which have never been seen before... not in this form anyhow. And as usual, the tracks from these impossibly rare records have all been fully cleared through the artists themselves. We’ve gone to great lengths to get the best possible master sources, the worst case scenario being an original 45. ‘Cuz it ain’t worth doing unless you do it right. 

The legendary Captain Foam kicks off this Trip like an anvil to your skull with a rollicking stomper sounding like The Who with Matt Pike’s thunderous guitar tone. “No Reason” is a track we’ve been wanting to share with you boneheads since the start. Captain Foam (aka Richard Bertram) wasn’t easy to find, but lo and behold, our super sleuths located him and got his blessing to include the A-side of his sole single here for you. Good luck finding an original copy of the record. It’s rarer than raw beef.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The other nine tracks continue the onslaught in typical Brown Acid form. You may be familiar with George Brigman’s psychedelic punk masterpiece “Jungle Rot”, but you don’t know Split until you’ve heard the charmingly disjointed bedroom-fi production of “Blowin’ Smoke”. Finch sounds way out of time (1968) and place (Milwaukee) on the grungeadelic anthem “Nothing In The Sun”. Cybernaut’s heavy prog - giving their Canadian cohorts Rush a run for their money - and Flasher’s “Icky Bicky” boogie prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that our neighbors to the north can rock with the best of ‘em. Meanwhile, Fargo’s hallucinogenic BBQ sauce soaked “Abaddon” and Mammoth’s fittingly beefy eponymous riff-monger continue the long line of heavies from the Lone Star State. Ohio based screamers Lance features members of Inside Experience, whom you might recall from the Third Trip. Zebra’s gritty rendition of “Helter Skelter” is most likely the way Charles Manson heard the song in his head. And finally, the mysterious and previously unheard Thor appears here exclusively and for the first time ever with their unknown 45 track “Lick It”. Many thanks to our pal Mike Vegh for turning us on to this one.

About the Brown Acid series:

Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins -- often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on Brown Acid: The Fifth Trip

Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long. 

"I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success. 

"There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."


Brown Acid: The Fifth Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 31st, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for digital (with immediate download of the first single) at Bandcamp, physical pre-orders at RidingEasy Records


Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Fifth Trip 
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 31, 2017

01. Captain Foam "No Reason"
02. George Brigman "Blowin' Smoke"
03. Finch "Nothing In The Sun"
04. Cybernaut "Clockwork"
05. Fargo "Abaddon"
06. Mammoth "Mammoth"
07. Flasher "Icky Bicky"
08. Lance "Fireball"
09. Zebra "Helter Skelter"
10. Thor "Lick It"

On The Web:

Monday, October 2, 2017

And So I Watch You From Afar share "Dying Giants" single from forthcoming album

"Combining a few slower, more contemplative yet complex melodies alongside passages of pure, blistering riffs and thunderous percussion, it shows off the raw energy that they aimed to instil into the whole of The Endless Shimmering."-- DIY


Northern Ireland's And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA) share a new track today from their forthcoming album The Endless Shimmering. This will be the eclectic quartet's fifth full length album following on from their widely acclaimed album Heirs. The song "Dying Giants" is available to hear and share via YouTube HERE


ASIWYFA previously launched a video for the first single, "A Slow Unfolding Of Wings" via DIY HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

In support of the album, ASIWYFA launch an extensive EU/UK tour this Fall. They will be joined by Gallops for all of their UK dates. Please see complete dates below, 

ASIWYFA have a relentless thirst for touring and over the past 7-years they have tallied up almost 500 shows worldwide -- including less common tour stops such as China, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

The Endless Shimmering will be available everywhere October 20th, 2017 via Sargent House. Pre-orders are available at iTunes HERE and LP/CD HERE.

FULL BIO & TOUR DATES BELOW

Instinct. We all know what it is, but are hard pressed to acknowledge just how it guides us. Instinct subtly defines our identities, despite our attempts to defy it. The Endless Shimmering, the fifth album by Belfast, Northern Ireland quartet And So I Watch You From Afar, is the sound of a band operating on its pure instincts. 

Every individual is an algorithm of prior lives and experience acting as its own sovereign entity. Every band is itself a combined algorithm of those instincts, driven by unconscious will to replicate itself in the world as if it were flesh and blood like the people who embody it. The Endless Shimmering is visceral and expressive -- decidedly alive and purely instinctual; not conceptualized or postured. It's ASIWYFA -- guitarists Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy, bassist Johnathan Adger and drummer Chris Wee -- manifest as a being beyond itself. 

"We laid everything bare and put everything we had into the songs," Adger says. "And we hope people can feel that and use that without us having to be to overt in how we present it. The album was charged with a lot of what we were all going through as individuals, but we wanted to allow it to become people's soundtrack to whatever they need in their life at this moment."

Perhaps the most immediately noticeable difference on this album is that the ensemble vocals of the previous recordings Heirs and All Hail Bright Futures is dialed back considerably to allow the music to come to the fore. The difference gives the musicians freedom to stretch out and truly shine as performers. 

The decision was made early on that this record would not be rushed toward completion and the band allowed themselves the time to let it come together organically. "We wrote around 30 tracks before deciding these 9 tracks would make the record," Friers explains. "We then spent a long time playing them everyday to allow them to become almost as if we'd already toured them, ingrained in our muscle memory."

The band flew to Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, RI in March 2017, aiming specifically to record live performances of the songs. Just as they arrived, a major snow storm brought the Northeast coast to a standstill. "We tracked, ate, washed and slept at the studio," Friers says. "And 9 days later we had recorded and mixed the entire album just as the snow began to melt." 

The album opens with a brief, hushed guitar murmur as Wee's forceful galloping beat sets course on "Three Triangles" while the guitars seem to slowly awaken with whining notes that slowly build upon one another until it all abruptly halts. The whole band suddenly kicks in with chopping start and stop blasts as the chirping lead melody leads the proceedings toward a swirling apex. Elsewhere, "All I Need is Space" and "Terrors of Pleasure" show the band at their finest, unfolding complex, bobbing guitar figures over propulsive and jagged rhythms, while occasionally lunging into ethereal blooms at the drop of a hat. The title track's unabashedly beautiful and hopeful melody begins so quietly it's as if it tries to sneak in under the radar as palm-muted arpeggiated chords and a clean plucked single note line asserts an optimism that finally infects the rest of the band, as they join the chorus of, well, near endless shimmering. Album closer "Chrysalism" is just the anthemic rush that makes ASIWYFA's live shows such transcendent experiences. 

The Endless Shimmering will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 20th, 2017 via Sargent House

ASIWYFA TOUR 2017
OCT 18 Haarlem, NL // Patronaat 
OCT 19 Utrecht, NL // EKKO
OCT 20 Nijmegen, NL // Doornroosje (Purple Room)
OCT 21 Osnabrück, DE // KI. Freiheit
OCT 22 Karlsruhe, DE // Stadtmitte
OCT 23 Eindhoven, NL // DDWMusic Festival
OCT 24 Rouen, FR // Le 106 Club
OCT 25 Nantes, FR // Le Ferrailleur
OCT 26 Bordeaux, FR // Le Void
OCT 27 Barcelona, ES // AM Fest
OCT 28 Madrid, ES // Sala Caracol
OCT 29 Porto, PT // Hard Club
OCT 30 Lisbon, PT // Musicbox
NOV 02 Milan, IT // Magnolia
NOV 03 Fribourg, CH // Nouveau Monde
NOV 04 Winterthur, CH // Gaswerk
NOV 05 Pratteln, CH // MiniZ7
NOV 06 München, DE // Ampere
NOV 07 Prague, CZ // NoD Teatro
NOV 08 Leipzig, DE // Conne Island
NOV 09 Berlin, DE // Lido
NOV 10 Hannover, DE // Bei Chez Heinz
NOV 12 Cologne, DE // Gebäude 9
NOV 13 Wiesbaden, DE // Schlachthof
NOV 14 Essen, DE // Zeche Carl
NOV 15 Hamburg, DE // Knust
NOV 16 Groningen, NL // Vera
NOV 17 Maastricht, NL // Muziekgieterij
NOV 18 Louvain-La-Neuve, BE // Festival La Ferme
NOV 19 Kortrijk, BE // De Kreun
NOV 21 Paris, FR // Maroquinerie
NOV 22 Luxembourg, LU // Rockhal
NOV 23 London, UK // Koko
NOV 24 Manchester, UK // Academy 2
NOV 25 Glasgow, UK // Oran Mor
NOV 26 Bristol, UK // Thekla
DEC 28 Dublin, Ireland // Academy
DEC 29 Castlebar Co Mayo, Ireland // Garbo's
DEC 30 Cork, Ireland // Cypress Avenue
DEC 31 Galway, Ireland // Roisin Dubh



Artist: And So I Watch You From Afar
Album: The Endless Shimmering
Record Label: Sargent House
Release date: October 20th, 2017

01. Three Triangles
02. A Slow Unfolding Of Wings
03. Terrors Of Pleasure
04. Dying Giants
05. All I Need Is Space
06. The Endless Shimmering
07. Mullally
08. I'll Share A Life
09. Chrysalism










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