And So I Watch You From Afar

Writer’s block. I’ll therefore serenade you with And So I Watch You From Afar, another band from the recent Great Escape festival that I bloody well missed. They are, apparently, extremely good live. ASIWYFA are a four-piece instrumental post-rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who last year won XFM’s Album of the Year. The band consists of Rory Friers and Tony Wright on guitars, Johnny Adger on bass and Chris Wee on drums. Hurhurhurhur. You said “wee”.

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Godspeed You! Black Emporer – and what the hell is post-rock, anyway?

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I’ve been spouting rubbish about music now for 17 years, and in that time I like to think I got a pretty decent handle on what most genres sound like. However, there’s one thing that continues to flummox me, and that’s the difference between “post-rock” and “math rock”.

I managed to annoy someone earlier by describing Foetus as “math rock”, because I mentally categorise the newer stuff along with Battles, who are listed in Wikipedia under the heading “math rock”. Post-Cardiacs progressive rock with a healthy dose of bombast and an equally healthy disregard for regular song structures. I’m reliably informed that the difference between math rock and post-rock is that Battles are math rock and Godspeed You! Black Emporer (who I was hearing for the first time just now) are post-rock.

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