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ASIWYFA gear up for The Music Show
Northern technical wizards are ready for the RDS…
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 23 Feb 2012
Having just returned from a gruelling two-week jaunt across Russia that saw them packing out houses left, right and centre, instrumental geniuses And So I Watch You From Afar hit the RDS this weekend where they intend to bring the Live Stage to its knees at The Music Show.
“We can’t wait,” beams guitarist Rory Friers. “We can’t wait to be back in Dublin, it feels like it’s been years. I’ve been watching some videos of The Music Show from the past couple of years and it looks really fun.”
With last year’s critically acclaimed Gangs one of the ten nominees for next week’s Choice Music Prize, there’s a certain degree of pressure on the collective shoulders of ASIWYFA when it comes to their next work. Friers is adamant that no two albums will sound the same and is keen that the band retain their experimental edge.
“Right now we’re using a whole new range of equipment that’s really quite new to us so we’re messing around with a lot more electronic stuff, using midi, using samplers here and there,” he says. “We’re having fun stretching our muscles in another world. It’s relatively new ground for us but very inherent soundwise, the kind of noises we’ve listened to all our lives and now we’re creating ourselves.
“Who knows if it will seep into And So I Watch You From Afar or whether it’s stuff we do on our own but we’re having a lot of fun exploring these new technologies, which is why I’m really excited about getting down to The Music Show because by the looks of it, there’s an awful lot of stuff to play with.”
The Music Show 2012, presented by Hot Press in association with RTE 2fm, runs from February 25-26 in The RDS, Dublin.
Tickets are available (€12 one day, €16 for the weekend) on Ticketmaster.
For more info see The Music Show's website www.themusicshow.ie.
Stay tuned for an in-depth interview on the technical side of ASIWYFA in a future issue of Hot Press. For a taste of what’s in store from the guys at The Music Show, check out this amazing full set from the band’s Moscow gig last week: