Welcome back And So I Watch You From Afar.

The Belfast band will release their fifth album The Endless Shimmering on 20th October 2017 through Sargent House.

‘A Slow Unfolding Of Wings’ is the first taste of that material and on the surface it harks back to the band’s earlier work, with the band guitarists Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy, bassist Johnathan Adger and drummer Chris Wee, reverting to more instrumental style than the previous two albums so there’s less vocals this time out.

It was recorded Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in March 2017 during s major snow storm. “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.”


1: Three Triangles
2: A Slow Unfolding of Wings
3: Terrors of Pleasure
4: Dying Giants
5: All I Need is Space
6: The Endless Shimmering
7: Mullally
8: I’ll Share a Life
9: Chrysalism


OCT 18 Haarlem, NL // Patronaat Haarlem
OCT 19 Utrecht, NL // EKKO
OCT 20 Nijmegen, NL // Doornroosje
OCT 21 Osnabrück, DE // Kleine Freiheit
OCT 22 Karlsruhe, DE // Die Stadtmitte Karlsruhe
OCT 23 Eindhoven, NL // DDW Music
OCT 24 Rouen, FR // Le 106
OCT 25 Nantes, FR // Le Ferrailleur – Café Concert
OCT 26 Bordeaux, FR // VOID // BDX
OCT 27 Barcelona, ES // AMFest
OCT 29 Porto, PT // Hard Club
NOV 02 Milan, IT // Circolo Magnolia
NOV 03 Fribourg, CH // Nouveau Monde
NOV 04 Winterthur, CH // Gaswerk
NOV 05 Pratteln, CH // Konzertfabrik Z7 – Pratteln
NOV 06 München, DE // Ampere
NOV 07 Prague, CZ // NoD
NOV 08 Leipzig, DE // Conne Island
NOV 09 Berlin, DE // Lido Berlin
NOV 10 Hannover, DE // Béi Chéz Heinz
NOV 12 Cologne, DE // Gebäude 9
NOV 13 Wiesbaden, DE // Schlachthof Wiesbaden
NOV 14 Essen, DE // Zeche Carl
NOV 15 Hamburg, DE // Knust Hamburg
NOV 16 Groningen, NL // Vera Groningen
NOV 17 Maastricht, NL // Muziekgieterij
NOV 18 Louvain-La-Neuve, BE // La Ferme – festival
NOV 19 Kortrijk, BE // Concertzaal De Kreun
NOV 21 Paris, FR // La Maroquinerie
NOV 22 Luxembourg, LU // Rockhal
NOV 23 London, UK // KOKO London
NOV 24 Manchester, UK // Manchester Academy
NOV 25 Glasgow, UK // Òran Mór
NOV 26 Bristol, UK // Thekla Bristol
DEC 28 Dublin, IE // The Academy
DEC 29 Castlebar Co May, IE // Garbo’s
DEC 30 Cork, IE // Cyprus Avenue
DEC 31 Galway, IE // Roisin Dubh

Posted on August 21st, 2017


It’s been too long but And So I Watch You From Afar have announced some Irish dates for the Christmas period at the end of this year with a run of four shows around Ireland as part of a European tour including:

Dec 28 Academy Dublin, Ireland
Dec 29 Garbo’s Castlebar, Ireland
Dec 30 Cypress Avenue Cork, Ireland
Dec 31 Roisin Dubh Galway, Ireland

Ticket links here.

This likely means new music is on the way. The band’s last album was Heirs.

Posted on August 9th, 2017


And So I Watch You From Afar’s fourth album Heirs is released Friday here on Sargent House and you can stream the whole thing now on The Fader or below.

Maybe you’ve heard one or all three of the songs previewed so far but there’s nothing like hearing them in context.

One thing is very clear on Heirs, the band known for their pulverising sonic rock have married it to clarion call-style vocals from a chorus of members and an added playfulness.

Posted on April 29th, 2015


There was a beautiful piece of radio on BBC’s Across The Line last week about the Belfast weekend of gigs called A Little Bit Of Solidarity in 2008 culminating in a gig in one of the biggest venues in town, Mandela Hall featuring And So I Watch You From Afar and their peers like LaFaro, Lowly Knights, Panama Kings, A Plastic Rose and more.

It was one of those times when music captures the mood of its people better than most things. It was a celebration and an identity solidifier. Those qualities have always been the kinds of things that I have attributed to the music of And So I Watch You From Afar and those qualities of possibility and capturing a mood of a group of people beyodn themselves.

The band’s next album Heirs, comes out on in May on Sargent House. ‘Redesigned A Million Times’ is a vocal-lead cut featuring Rory Friers’ brother, Ewen, which brings in a different mood to the band’s music. The exuberance and encouragement of solidarity is still there.

Hear also ‘Run Home’ and ‘Wasps’ from the record.

Naturally, the band are going on a huge tour once again:


15 Moscow Teatr Club
16 St. Petersburg Kosmonavt
17 Yekaterinburg Nirvana Club
28 Glasgow King Tuts
29 Manchester Gorilla
30 Bristol Marble Factory


1 London Islington Assembly Hall
2 Dunkerque 4Ecluses
3 Luxembourg den Atelier
4 Paris Fleche d’Or
6 Brussels VK
7 Rotterdam Rotown
8 Eindhoven Effenaar Small Hall
9 Deventer Burgerweeshuis
10 Nantes Le Ferrailleur
11 Clermont Ferrand La Cooperative de Mai Club
12 Zurich Dynamo
13 Bern Dachstock @ Reitschule
14 Geneva Usine
15 Milan Leoncavallo
16 Rome Venue TBC
17 Modena La Tenda
19 Ljublana Kino Šiška
20 Zagreb Zedno Uho Festival
21 Budapest Dürer Kert
22 Vienna Arena
23 Munich Ampere
25 Prague NoD Teatro
26 Wiesbaden Schlachthof
27 Leipzig Täubchental
28 Berlin Bi Nuu
29 Hamburg Logo
30 Essen Zeche Carl
31 Cologne Underground


1 Amsterdam Paradiso
19 Dublin Olympia
20 Belfast Mandela Hall


9 Cheltenham 2000 Trees Festival
24 Beelen Krach am Bach
25 Sheffield Tramlines Festival

Posted on April 16th, 2015


Having announced their new album Heirs last week, billed as their “most personal and meaningful,” the band have premiered ‘Run Home’, a frantically-charged rollercoaster of emotive guitar and voices pushing against drums and low end resulting in an cascade of encouraging sound.

The album will be out in May and as well as the EU tour announced last week, the band have also announced they are two play two big Irish shows:

Friday June 19th @ Olympia Theatre, Dublin (€22+)
Saturday June 20th @ Mandela Hall, Belfast (Tickets £14 + Booking Fee, 18+)

Posted on February 5th, 2015


And So I Watch You From Afar today announced that their new album Heirs will be released on May 1st/4th on Sargent House.

The 10-song album is the followup to their 2014 album All Hail Bright Futures and the band’s first with Niall Kennedy as a full member participating in the recording.

The band say it is their most “most painstakingly created album” and that it is the band’s “most personal and meaningful.”

A central theme about the inheritance of ideas, in that we’re all ‘Heirs’ to other peoples’ passion which in turn inspires ourselves. Many new lives, new imperatives and invigorated perspectives helped shape the 10-song album borne of over 30 tracks written in prolific isolation over 6 months in the band’s Belfast.

The band have announced a 31-date tour along with Mylets for Europe:

Tour Dates

28-Apr 2015 – UK – GLASGOW – King Tuts
29-Apr 2015 – UK – MANCHESTER – Gorilla
30-Apr 2015 – BRISTOL – Marble Factory
1-May 2015 – UK – LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall
2-May 2015 – FRANCE – DUNKERQUE – 4Ecluses
3-May 2015 – LUXEMBOURG – LUXEMBOURG – den Atelier
4-May 2015 – FRANCE – PARIS – Fleche d’Or
6-May 2015 – BELGIUM – BRUSSELS – VK*
7-May 2015 – NETHERLANDS – ROTTERDAM – Rotown
8-May 2015 – NETHERLANDS – EINDHOVEN – Effenaar, Small Hall
9-May 2015 – NETHERLANDS – DEVENTER – Burgerweeshuis
10-May 2015 – FRANCE – NANTES – Le Ferrailleur
11-May 2015 – FRANCE – CLERMONT FERRAND – La Cooperative de Mai Club
12-May 2015 – SWITZERLAND – ZURICH – Dynamo
13-May – 2015 – SWITZERLAND – BERN – Dachstock @ Reitschule
14-May – 2015 – SWITZERLAND – GENEVA – Usine
15-May – 2015 – ITALY – MILAN – Leoncavallo
16-May – 2015 – ITALY – ROME – Venue TBC
17-May – 2015 – ITALY – MODENA – La Tenda
19-May – 2015 – SLOVENIA – LJUBLJANA – Kino Šiška
20-May – 2015 – CROATIA – ZAGREB – Zedno Uho Festival
21-May – 2015 – HUNGARY – BUDAPEST – Dürer Kert
22-May – 2015 – AUSTRIA – VIENNA – Arena
23-May – 2015 – GERMANY – MUNICH – Ampere
25-May – 2015 – CZECH REPUBLIC – PRAGUE – NoD Teatro
26-May – 2015 – GERMANY – WIESBADEN – Schlachthof
27-May – 2015 – GERMANY – LIEPZIG – Täubchental
28-May – 2015 – GERMANY – BERLIN – Bi Nuu
29-May – 2015 – GERMANY – HAMBURG – Logo
30-May – 2015 – GERMANY – ESSEN – Zeche Carl
31-May – 2015 – GERMANY – COLOGNE – Underground

Posted on January 26th, 2015



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Tuesday August 26

  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6)
    [Acoustic] John Francis / Edisons / Ian O’Doherty (FOTLrecords) / Craig Gallagher 

Wednesday August 27

Thursday August 28

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Friday August 29

  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy @ The Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire (SOLD OUT)
    [Folk/rock]  Will Oldham plays live.
  • Anarchy Café Weekender @ The Grand Social (€7/€10 for weekend)
    [Rock] Chewing On Tinfoil, Ray Gange Clash Roadie DJ set and Fangclub.
  • End of Summer Jam @ The Sugar Club (€5)
    [Live] The Nova Collective | The Wood Burning Savages | Million Little Gods
  • Trouble Pilgrims @ The Workman’s Club (€12)
    [Rock] Former The Radiators From Space members.
  • MUD: Spectrum Present Penny Giles @ Twisted Pepper (€10, 10:30pm)
    [Club] Plus Phil Tangent ( Soul:R/Integral) Sickly Sweet (Sub X)Sickly Sweet (Sub X) Spectrum Dj’s Steo

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Saturday August 30

  • Anarchy Café Weekender @ The Grand Social (€7/€10 for weekend)
    [Rock] Paranoid Visions, The Lee Harveys, Corrosive Machine…
  • Wild Rocket, Yurt ,  Black Spring @ Bello Bar (€15 with LP, €6 without)
    [Rock] Album launch Geomagnetic Hallucinations from the space rockers.
  • iZem Dublin Tropikal @ The Bernard Shaw (Free)
    [DJs] Global and tropical beats.
  • Groovement Soul @ The Grand Social (11.30pm, Free)
    [DJs ] Groovement Soul Residents Declan Comiskey Glenn Davis and Carl Bauer
  • A Celebration of Red @ Button Factory (€15)
    [Dance] Music from four legendary Dublin clubs: an annual tribute to pioneering Red Records label with an exclusive Pulse laser show. DJs: Mark Kavanagh (Olympic / Red anthems), Eddie Sargent (exclusive Dublin dance classics) plus two special guests to be added playing Sides, Asylum and Ormond tribute sets.


Sunday August 31

Monday September 1

  • Rest up.

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Posted on August 26th, 2014

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Saturday picks | Sunday picks | Stage Times | Spotify playlist

Forbidden Fruit is upon us. As requested by some, here are my 10 tips for bands to see to get the most out of your weekend in Kilmainham. Plus, stage times and a Spotify playlist. Enjoy your weekend and check the gig guide for the weekend’s FF afterparty details.


1. Flying Lotus 3D Show / Thundercat & Captain Murphy

The Undergrowth Stage: 9:15pm – 10:45pm / 7:45pm – 8:45pm

Stephen Ellison’s music has always had a visual imaginistic quality to it. His jazz-inflected electronic beats conjure up shapes and forms on its own so for him to push it forward into an actual A/V show makes sense. Forbidden Fruit will be the Irish debut of the 3D Show, which is pretty well explained in the video below.

As for Captain Murphy, Flying Lotus’ alter-ego showed he can rap too, as heard on 2012 mixtape Duality, a cult-leader pitched-down collection of Quasimoto-style hip-hop. He’ll be joined on stage by his good friend Thundercat, presumably in his role as a bassist first and foremost rather than a singer or solo performer.

2. Lisa O’Neill

Original Stage, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Lisa O Neill acoustic

One of the most original, idiosyncratic and Irish voices we have in music at the moment, it’s good to see O’Neill get such a prominent slot at an Irish festival. Her second album Same Cloth Or Not, was filled with the Cavan lady’s personality and her colloquial mannerisms. Her folk voice is scrappy yet lilting, tinny yet commanding; that’s to say it’s not for everyone. As a performer though, O’Neill is also commanding, and very funny; she knows how to spin a story or two.

3. Fuck Buttons

The Undergrowth Stage, 6:15pm – 7:15pm

Brutal in its mechanism and industrial in its rhythms, Slow Focus, the third album from Bristol duo Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power was as uncompromising as the pair have got. Previous albums relied on an ambient strain of repetitive euphoria that saw that track ‘Olympians’, wisely enough, used in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012. In a live context, they combine all of that in a barrage of low and high frequencies that leaves you elated and bruised.

4. And So I Watch You From Afar

Original Stage, 6pm – 7pm

Surely you’ve seen ASIWYFA live by now? They’ve been on constant tour since they began that it had to happen. So you’ll know you’ll be at this to witness a set from one of the best live bands in any country – the Belfast lads rip through the instrumental rock rulebook with a fervour that is only matched by their latest album’s sunny uplift – perfect for a festival so.

5. Girls Names

The Undergrowth Stage, 9.45pm – 10.45pm

Also from Belfast, Girls Names’ took a step towards a bolder, more gratifying sound on their album The New Life last year eschewing the jangly surf-rock of previous releases for a more distinctive and thematically unified sonic palette of post-punk, kraut and new wave. It means the band’s live set is a head-nodding mood-piece of some of the most evocative guitar sounds drawn from the late ’70s/early ’80s period of rock music.

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Posted on May 28th, 2014

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Concluding the Best of 2013 lists with your favourite Irish albums as voted in the Readers’ Poll. Thanks for another year.

See also: Readers Poll: Songs / Videos, gigs and more.
My lists: Albums, Songs, Remixes, Videos and Irish.

All Artwork by Fatti Burke.

25. Nanu NanuUnit 1

Nanu NanuAlien-pop from Laura Sheeran and Marc Aubele.

“The ten tracks conjure up music made in the future, or at least, the hopeful sound of what music will sound like some time away from the present. It’s an album with experimental flavours, featuring songs that are electronic in vein, which touch on coldwave synthesizer sounds, industrial tones, synthetically-altered vocals, electro flourishes and dark-edged rhythms.”

Listen: Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud | Deezer

24. Tieranniesaur – DIYSCO

TieranniesaurTieranniesaur’s second album of disco indie jams.

“As you would expect, DIYSCO is a collection of 12 upbeat tracks lead by the voice of Annie Tierney which add more of a forceful edge to the band’s sound.

“The outcome is a fine gathering of disco indie, as affecting and enjoyable as album one but with distinct indentity of its own. Come dance at the DIYSCO.”

Listen: Bandcamp | Soundcloud

23. Kodaline In A Perfect World

KodalineThe Irish band that were everywhere in 2013.

“Kodaline are still growing and will likely be criticised for maturing too soon; they remain students and while In A Perfect World doesn’t redefine anything, it does give them a direction. There’s an airy optimism that’s charming given the state of the world today, and even if you’re bitter about love the tracks still give you something to take home. Best of all, it’s surely a precursor to something much bigger.” Mark Roche, State.ie review.

Listen: Spotify | Deezer

22. Biggles Flys Again – Remember Saturday

BigglesA multi-faceted old-fashioned nostalgic pop album.

“You can hear a lot of influential touchstones on Remember Saturday, the debut album from Conor Deasy’s pop band Biggles Flys Again. Beach Boys, Super Furry Animals and Neil Hannon, that sort of thing. Classic pop kind of music. Deasy himself has said he wanted to make “multi-layered pop albums” in the vein of Badly Drawn Boy, Aimee Mann and Sean Lennon amongst others and that’s the pleasing result.”

Listen: Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud

21.Bouts – Nothing Good Gets Away

BoutsSolid debut album from the Dublin indie-rock quartet.

” Whether it’s the la-la-la melody of opening track ‘Novelty’, the sinewy rock of ’6.0′, the perky power pop of ‘Atomisation’, the college rock dynamics of ‘Jittery’ or the atmospheric ‘I Want’, the band are never far away from tunefulness being their primary concern which leads to a no-nonsense feel to proceedings. Main vocalist Barry Bracken’s timbre also adds a nostalgic tone as it harks back to an early ’90s jangle indie-pop awareness.”

Listen: Bandcamp | Soundcloud

20. Bell X1 – Chop Chop

Bellx1Sixth studio album from the Dublin band finds them in stripped-back but suitable form.

“No matter what stage of their career they’ve found themselves in, Bell X1 have been no strangers to quality songwriting and their latest foray has produced a collection of tracks and themes that ponder a-plenty, producing a record that steps away from their recent creations and delves into a more introspective and self-conscious range of music.”

Listen: Deezer | Spotify | Soundcloud

19. Come On Live Long – Everything Fall

COLLExtra impressive debut album from Irish alt-indie band.

“They have that assured dynamic, that confidence that comes only from a band who know who they are and what they’re at. Their debut album Everything Fall confirms that.

“Over ten songs, there’s not a big let up in the quality which means Come On Live Long’s debut is an admirable one. Opener ‘Wasteland’ is a microcosm of the band’s defining characteristics; crashing snapping drums by Steven Battle (which sound wonderfully post-treated by Conor Gaffney), bright guitar tones underpinned by electronic, keyboard and percussive sounds match singers Robert Ardiff and Gaffney’s dual vocal counterpoints and are heightened by cavernous crescendos.”

Listen: Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud

18. Hidden Highways – Old Hearts Reborn

HHSecond album from Americana-folk-influenced duo on Out On A Limb.

“With Old Hearts Reborn, Hidden Highways have delivered one of the most strikingly lovely Irish debut albums in recent times, a haunting collection of songs of quiet power and tear-stained beauty.”

– Paul Page, Entertainment.ie

Listen: Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud| Deezer

17. Chequerboard – The Unfolding

ChequerboardJohn Lambert’s first album in five years is a return to beautiful instrumental guitar ambience.

“Calling it minimalistic might turn off those who prefer grit in their music. Throughout the album (which is underpinned by varying if muted tones of loss, resignation, reconciliation and discovery) there is a broader sonic sensibility via empathetic musicians, cellists Kate Ellis and Kevin Murphy, and vocal murmurs from Eileen Carpio. The pitch? If you’re looking for truly beautiful music that is the perfect soundtrack to a slo-mo sunrise, you’ll find it here.” – Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times.

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Posted on December 24th, 2013


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And So I Watch You From Afar have a tour coming up in Ireland in December. The band have only been to India recently so there can’t be very many places on the earth left for them to play. Next stop, space? The band’s third album All Hail Bright Futures came out earlier this year and this run of shows will celebrate the last year. Live, they’re still as ferocious as ever.

ASIWYFA tour dates

13/12 – Dublin – The Button Factory – Tickets: €13.50 – Doors: 8PM
19/12 – Galway – Roisin Dubh – Tickets: €16/€14 – Doors: 8PM
20/12 – Galway – Roisin Dubh – Tickets: €16/€14 – Doors: 8PM
29/12 – Belfast – The Limelight – Tickets: £14 – Doors: 8PM
31/12 – Cork – New Years Eve – Crane Lane – Tickets: €15 – Doors: 8.30PM

Posted on November 20th, 2013


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I actually wrote the press blurb for All Hail Bright Futures, And So I Watch You From Afar’s third album, late last year and I basically said all I wanted to say about it in that form. So weird as it feels, here I am ripping off my own work in a weird way. Suffice to say, the album is mega…

All Hail Bright Futures could be taken as both an ethos for the album and the band at this point in time. There is a new color scheme in place: new textures, emotions, sounds and voices. The 12-track, 43 minute album is dominated by a sunnier disposition, a positive uplift that more closely matches the euphoria the Northern Ireland trio has been instilling in audiences through their music in a live setting for the last five years.

Posted on March 27th, 2013




Just before Christmas we got ‘Like A Mouse’, the first track from And So I Watch You From Afar’s All Hail Bright Futures out on March 18th. That’s next month! Holla.

‘Big Thinks Do Remarkable’ is one of my favourites from the uplifting record, a cacophony of exuberant noise with unexpected exaltations and a “the sun is in our eyes” mantra. Blinded by the brightness.

(All Hail Bright Futures is out on March 19th on Sargent House)

Posted on February 14th, 2013



Surprise! Here’s a nice early Christmas present. A taster of And So I Watch You From Afar’s new album All Hail Bright Futures, the first for the band as a three-piece following the departure of Tony Wright (Niall Kennedy plays with them live is now a full-time member of the band). ‘Like A Mouse’ is a bridge to the band’s new album, introducing more vocal melodies and hinting at the album’s uplifting theme. Despite the title suggestion, it’s still a piledriver of a track.

All Hail Bright Futures is released through Sargent House on March 19th. Also, loving the artwork.


Posted on December 17th, 2012



Here we are. The end of the sixth year of the Nialler9 poll. Thank you all once again for voting. We had about 100 or so votes that made up the results in songs, new artists, EPs and now, the big one – albums. Our ultimate winner has topped the poll before that doesn’t negate the indisputable fact that there’s plenty of superb Irish music contained within this list…

Top 25 Irish albums of 2011 as voted by you…→

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Posted on December 23rd, 2011


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Jape has remixed And So I Watch You From Afar’s new single from Gangs, ‘7 Billion People All Alive at Once’ into a heady dance rework. Have a listen to that plus the radio and album versions of the original below. Then buy them from Bandcamp for €1.50.

7 Billion People All Alive at Once by Richter Collective

Posted on August 22nd, 2011


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