Belfast, Northern Ireland’s And So I Watch You From Afar premiere a second new track from their forthcoming third album All Hail Bright Futures today, sharing the boisterous “Big Thinks Do Remarkable” via Fake DIY HERE
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 colour 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.
There are moments of tropical guitar pop (“Rats On Rock”), percussive bleeping song foundations paired with infectious vocals (“The Stay Golden”), a trumpet arrangement (“Young Brave Minds”), an orchestral interlude (“Trails”), singalong mantras (“Big Thinks Do Remarkable”), harmonic hooks (“Like A Mouse”), a flute melody (“Mend And Make Safe”) along with cutup vocals and handclaps (“Ka Ba Ta Bo Da Ka”). All of these new additions to the ASIWYFA sound are underpinned by their trademark guitar riffs that bliss the musical brain, complemented by the colossal and increasingly expressive rhythm section that comforts as much as it bludgeons.
Continuing the unparalleled pace at which they’ve been touring for over five years now, ASIWYFAhave taken their uplifting sound to places other bands could only imagine. Since the release of 2011’s second album Gangs (also on Sargent House), the band have added China, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to their already considerably stamped passports. As well as these far-flung, seldom played places, the band have gigged all over North America and Europe, bringing their total show tally close to 500.
All Hail Bright Futures is ASIWYFA’s first recording done as a three-piece following the departure of Tony Wright. The band will head back out on the road as a four piece with their new full time member Niall Kennedy. The album was recorded with Rocky O’ Reilly at Start Together Studio in Belfast. It is their boldest statement yet, an album bursting with a positive vigor, that states a renewed case for a magnetizing band at their best.
All Hail Bright Futures will be released on LP, CD and digitally worldwide on March 18th 2013 via Sargent House and will be heading out on their European tour this April