Photo Courtesy of Sargent House
Sometimes you can’t help but be blown away. On Oct. 13, 2010, I meandered into The Basement in Ogden and was greeted by thunderous drumming, huge riffs and four Irish maniacs throwing themselves around the stage with their instruments. I was definitely blown away. Somewhere in between Slayer and Rush, Shellac and Mogwai, the band had a crushing intensity that was belied by their playful nature and the way their songs transitioned between heavy passages and bouncy breakdowns. If lightning could strike down from rainbows, or cotton candy spontaneously combust into fire, the sounds being created onstage would be the perfect musical accompaniment. I discovered that the band was And So I Watch You From Afar, and I have been a huge fan of theirs ever since. Armed with a new label, a new album and new members, the band will return to Utah on Oct. 15 as part of the Sargent House Tour. SLUG spoke with drummer Christopher Wee in anticipation of the performance.