After ‘Search:Party:Animal’ debuted in February, this corner of the net went a bit mental for it and rightly so. In the last few weeks, And So I Watch You From Afar have been all over the place from Zane Lowe’s eargasm reaction to the single to Aoife Barry’s NI Scene feature for the Irish Times to the band’s takeover of the Rory McConnell show to a 4-star review of the Sunday Times.
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.
You can pre-order the album. Check out a live video of the band performing the song in Russia and tourdates below.
29th April 2011 – Belfast, Mandela Hall – (ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW)
30th April 2011 – Dublin, Button Factory – (ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW)
18th May 2011 – Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
19th May 2011 – Ritz, Castlebar
20th May 2011 – The Stables, Mullingar
21st May 2011 – The Forum (Trafikk Club), Waterford
UK tour dates here.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.