The heart of And So I Watch You From Afar’s music comes from the band’s unyielding ability to create instrumental rock music that is as furious, energised and anthemic as it is frequently poignant. Most post-rock (as in music made with rock instruments) relies on grandiose chord changes built on ambience or subtle movements in their arrangements but ASIWYFA manage to do it all cohesively, loudly and usually at a blistering BPM.
The band’s sound hasn’t been refined or revamped drastically on Gangs but after two solid years on the road, it has been improved. There’s a sense that Tony, Rory, Chris and Johnny know each other better than ever, they operate as a considered unit, and their music emotes more than many bands with singers are able to. (more…)
Despite Lowe’s proclivity to explode when hearing a good song it was justified, hearing ‘Search:Party:Animal’ on the radio sandwiched between SBTRKT and Primal Scream sounded immense (1hr 15 minutes in).
So that brings us to new album Gangs out through Richter Collective on May 2nd. After about a month of listening to Gangs regularly, It’s one of my the albums of the year, the band perfectly manage to maintain their effervescent energy without compromising or falling back on the same old sounds. It improves with age, with every listen, the more you know, the more you appreciate and love it.
‘BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION’, is the opening track from Gangs: a falling and rising affectional rock song. It was debuted on The Line Of Best Fit yesterday.