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Stream And So I Watch You From Afar’s fourth album in full

And So I Watch You From Afar - Heirs album art

There are few bands out there who make music so joyous as Belfast’s And So I Watch You From Afar. They’ve been going for nigh on ten years now, but only really broke through with their debut self-titled LP – but have been absolutely killing it ever since. Their brand of happy-go-lucky, largely instrumental rock is such fun to experience – especially live, where the band’s infectious Irish enthusiasm comes off in waves – but nevertheless has the ability to figuratively smash your teeth in with the sheer size of their riffy fists.

They’re about to release their fourth album Heirs, which is yet another exuberant slice of vitality; crafted in intense circumstances. Speaking to The Fader, where the album has been premiered for streaming, guitarist Rory Friers said of the record:


Its central theme is about the inheritance of ideas – in that we’re all heirs to other peoples’ passion, which in turn inspires ourselves. We took the first half of 2014 off and spent almost every waking moment together in our rehearsal room. About 30 tracks where made in total, whittled down to 10 for the album.

Because making the album was such an intentionally intense and full time experience none of us where listening to much other music or even experiencing much else outside of it. So, it feels like a very pure representation of what happens when these four people decide to make music together. It was a very intense time and the record has been shaped by that.”


If you’d like to experience a little of that intensity for yourself, you can listen to those strongest ten below!

Heirs will be with you May 4th via Sargent House. The band are on tour RIGHT NOW, with the remaining stops as follows:

28th Glasgow King Tuts
29th Manchester Gorilla
30th Bristol Marble Factory

1st London Islington Assembly Hall
2nd Dunkerque 4Ecluses
3rd Luxembourg den Atelier
4th Paris Fleche d’Or
6th Brussels VK
7th Rotterdam Rotown
8th Eindhoven Effenaar Small Hall
9th Deventer Burgerweeshuis
10th Nantes Le Ferrailleur
11th Clermont Ferrand La Cooperative de Mai Club
12th Zurich Dynamo
13th Bern Dachstock @ Reitschule
14th Geneva Usine
15th Milan Leoncavallo
16th Rome Venue TBC
17th Modena La Tenda
19th Ljublana Kino Šiška
20th Zagreb Zedno Uho Festival
21st Budapest Dürer Kert
22nd Vienna Arena
23rd Munich Ampere
25th Prague NoD Teatro
26th Wiesbaden Schlachthof
27th Leipzig Täubchental
28th Berlin Bi Nuu
29th Hamburg Logo
30th Essen Zeche Carl
31st Cologne Underground

1st Amsterdam Paradiso
19th Dublin Olympia
20th Belfast Mandela Hall

9th Cheltenham 2000 Trees Festival
24th Beelen Krach am Bach
25th Sheffield Tramlines Festival

See you there.