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Disclaimer: As with all my music reviews, this is a blow-by-blow account taken from my own perspective and written mostly for myself as a memory aid. I’m not always an expert on the band in question. Massive thanks go out to the Setlistfm, Lastfm and the Youtubers whose content that I have used either indirectly or directly in this blog post.

“The bass, ROCKS! The drums, ROCK!” – Dick Knubbler, Dethklok producer before losing his eyes to sea pressure after being chased by a giant mutant sea horse. 

What’s it been, 12… 13 days since I saw this band? Their songs are still ringing in my ears. I don’t know what to say about a gig that was so… SO! 2 weeks on and I’m still struggling to find the words to describe how good they were.

I knew how good this gig was going to be weeks in advance and yet I was still suprised at how blown away I would be when it came.

The opening track, “Eunoia”, from their latest album echoed in and got everyone going nicely. I even got to start a wee clap along from the side of the small O2 ABC stage, belying how huge ASIWYFA’s sound would be. From there it was all a blur as the band showcased their new album almost in it’s entirety showing the strength of the record. If you haven’t already heard “All Hail Bright Futures” yet then Arnold has something to say…

In between the flurry of you-must-not-stop-jumping songs they managed to splice in massive tunes from earlier works like the back-to-back delight of  “BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION” and “Gangs” and even “S Is For Salamander”. If there was a moment in the set that saw less jumping it was during “Mend and Make Safe” and considering it’s my favourite track off the new work, I was jumping around on empty.

Like true showmen ASIWYFA saved the best bits for last. They returned to the stage for an encore beginning with the epic “Set Guitars To Kill” and climaxing with guitarist Rory Friers stepping into the crowd to be hoisted into the air by the maddening crowd on “The Voiceless”. That last stunt should never have worked and yet somehow they pulled everything off. Amazing, not a step wrong.

Stepping out of the venue, I staggered and chuckled my way through Glasgow with my gigging comrade. We were stunned. We talked about how the show was all about the music, all about dancing around, clapping, moving… just living. Right there. In that moment. Nothing else mattered.

It’s early yet but that was most likely the gig of my year. I’ve no idea how I’m going to top it.


My favourite track from And So I Watch You From Afar’s lastest album – this is just one amazing track from a full album of amazing tracks. Check out the wee flute bit with some added 8-bit effects on the guitar as they build up into what feels like the bajillionth climax – all on one wee fantastic ditty. Ooft!:

I’ve finally got around to separating the musical content from onto this dedicated music-related blog. You’ll find all my past reviews below this post, so from here on in you’ll be getting fresh content on gigs that I’ve been to.

In the mean time, there were some other gigs that I had been to but hadn’t managed to cobble together a full review for. The main two were My Bloody Valentine at the Barrowlands and the Jagermeister Tour 2013 with Gojira and Ghost.

My Bloody Valentine impressed less than I expected. They floored the crowd with the anticipated wall of sound that they’re reknowned for (and handed out free earplugs before the gig to reinforce this) but rather than being able to focus on the music I was brought back time and again from a dream-like state to be awakened by really rude, ignorant morons in the crowd: people pushing through a really packed crowd constantly to go get beer instead of just listening to music, people storming past other crowd members to spill aforementioned beverages – it just wasn’t a good atmosphere and it really spoiled the gig. Instead of being wow’d by and impressed by the spectacle I found myself watching my back.

The Jagermeister Tour went down much better and for 5 quid, I struggled to see how it couldn’t! Gojira romped the stage just as much as they did the last time around I got the chance to see them and Ghost weren’t half bad either with their own brand of spectacle-over-music shenanigans.

Coming soon – a review for And So I Will Watch You From Afar at the O2 ABC2.