Review: And So I Watch You From Afar
National Music Reviews
And So I Watch You From Afar
All Hail Bright Futures
ASIWYFA = Fang Island + Marnie Stern – Zach Hill + Birthquake!
The Belfast, Ireland trio, And So I Watch You From Afar, returns with their technicolor warpaint-smudged and candy-coated Slayer riffs punching gaping holes into rainbow-bleeding amplifiers. What I am saying is that ASIWYFA’s third album is massive—like Rush for the ADHD generation. All Hail Bright Futures has no dark corners—it is all go all the time. Even at its heaviest, it pushes everything neon-bright and celebratory to the forefront, leaving ample headroom for gang-shouted choruses, brass and woodwind accompaniments, handclaps, steel drums and Rory Frier’s endless riffing. All Hail Bright Futures is a musically tight and deeply moving soundtrack to ALL YOUR BEST MOMENTS ALL AT ONCE. ASIWYFA only write in all caps and only drink to celebrate, WHICH IS EVERY MOMENT AND RIGHT NOW! –Ryan Hall