It was always set to be the homecoming gig to top all homecoming gigs. The prom kings were well and truly crowned. Ladies and gentlemen, Bandwidth presents to you the very mighty And So I Watch You From Afar.
Azzy Wiva (as everyone in Belfast seems to now call them) has had a long association with the Bandwidth site. You may remember Tony Wright’s public singing debut at the Beatles 40th Anniversary gig back in January – there’s also a weirdly apt cover version of McLusky’s ‘To Hell With Good Intentions’ knocking about somewhere -filmed during the video shoot for The Panama Kings’ video ‘Golden Recruit’. Maybe that’ll appear on youtube somewhere someday.
But this is the first time we’ve ever managed to feature the full band, playing it properly, on the site. Somehow they never belonged to be all squeezed into a van, served fish & chips or serenaded with wine and candles. They are a live act, after all..
ASIWYFA – Set Guitars To Kill
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This is ASIWYFA as they belong – sweaty, full volume, in front of a huge crowd. To think this was only a week before Glasgowbury. Even 2 years ago when I first saw them play in Katy Daly’s in Belfast to 35 people, you knew they had a sound that could never be contained in any space they could ever play. Wembley, Camp Nou, the Sahara desert, you name it, ASIWYFA is bigger.
Anyway, I’m getting carried away. This next song isn’t on the record, so watch out for it in the future:
ASIWYFA – S Is For Salamander
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Bandwidth regulars will remember ASIWYFA’s break through event late in 2008, when they spearheaded a Belfast-based festival called ‘A Little Solidarity’. You may remember Bandwidth was there and captured some great performances from, amongst others, General Fiasco and Here Comes The Landed Gentry. The anthem from the event is the truly Galactic sounding “A Little Solidarity Goes A Long” way. It marked them out as a band who, despite being entirely instrumental, had a whole lot of things to say.
Tony but it just right, “This song is for all the families who were put out of their homes by a bunch of cunts.” Couldn’t have put it better myself.
And So I Watch You From Afar are playing the Forfey Festival in Co. Fermanagh on 8 August, before completing their UK tour and returning to the Ulster Hall on 18th December.
ASIWYFA – A Little Solidarity Goes A Long Way
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Director: Will McConnell
Camera: Will McConnell, Matt Bohill
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