Wednesday, 6 January 2010

And So I Watch You From Afar In 2010

So here we are then......staring into the barrel of a new year, the year 2010, the year of the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, the lesser known 2010:A Space Odyssey, which was equally as off the mark as the first one in terms of human advancement but hopefully this is a year which sees us getting to keep doing what we're doing and playing to all you people out there listening to us.

So then, a quick round up of all things ASIWYFA since December

A night which held a huge amount of importance for us, we really fulfilled a life long ambition that night, and it was only possible because of the fans there, so to everyone who came out to share it with us thank you, you will probably never know how much it meant for us to have you there with us.

We should mention that due to some hold ups and run overs we didn't get to finish our encore, which we were gutted about, we had a pretty special version of The Voiceless planned, but, the house lights came on and that was that.

If you weren't there this is what you missed....
- LaFaro wearing suits
- 2 blood injuries
- a dancing Santa
- The Shank destroying everything
- Paul's mindblowing lights
- insane mosh pits/stage diving/crowd surfing people
- a big fuckin screen

Here's a wee unofficial vid below to get an idea, but believe me there will be something coming soon for all those who couldn't make it down.

We were very honoured to pick up the below among some other stuff

Best Live Vid - IMTV Awards (Thanks to Will McConnell for the awesome vid)
Rock Sound Mag - #6 Album of 09
AU Mag - Irish Album of the Decade
BBC ATL - Band of the year (2nd year running)
State Mag - #16 Album of the Decade
State Mag - #6 Album 09
Phantom FM - #2 Album 09
Nialler 9 - #2 Albums 09

We got to play on RTEs the Craic House, presented by Tommy Tiernann and Hector Ó hEochagáin, which was mad to say the least, watch it on the RTE player.

We also played a secret show 2 days after the Ulster Hall show in Thomas House in Dublin to a full house of about 60, absolutely perfect end to the year, it felt like a pretty special night.



We do a run of Irish shows around the country with our new EP, see below

22nd Jan - The Cellar Bar - Draperstown
23rd Jan - The Square Peg - Warrenpoint

11th Feb - Venue TBC - Cork
12th Feb - Bakers Place - Limerick
13th Feb - Electric Avenue - Waterford

27th March - The Nerve Centre - Derry


It got postponed in 09 but here are the new dates, bigger, better, faster, stronger!!! (actually their just the same shows on a different date really??)
Thu 28 Jan - The Masque - Liverpool
Fri 29 Jan - Fat Sams - Dundee
Sat 30 Jan - The Tunnels - Aberdeen
Tue 02 Feb - Manchester University - Manchester
Wed 03 Feb - Heaven - London

It's official!!! Someone thought it would be a good idea for a certain instrumental band from the coast to go show them Texans how we do it over here.

Over the moon to be selected, we'll let you know when we're playing, tho go check the SXSW website and see a picture of our dirty mugs on the front page of the music section!!

Again very honoured to be a part of this, especially as we are playing one of the main venues on the Friday one from top of the bill. Very excited, plus we get to stay in a boatel!!! Yes...a boat, that's a hotel, awesome!


If you couldn't make it to the Ulster Hall them you wont have got your hands on a copy of this early and you'll have to wait til Feb. Get it soon from our lovely label or wait til we're rolling into your town and get it off us in person.

Voting is now open for the XFM New Music Award 2010 which helps XFM name the best British album for 2010. ASIWYFA’s debut album has been highlighted in the list of contenders!

The way it works is that the public vote for their favourite debut albums, with the ten most popular albums being shortlisted, and put before the XFM panel (list of who in on the panel below) who then decide who will win the XFM New Music Award 2010, previously won by Glasvegas and The Enemy.

Ben Cardew, Music Week
Carl Barat, Dirty Pretty Things/The Libertines
Clint Boon, Xfm
David Morgendorff, MTV Digital Media Director
Dave Berry, Xfm
Gordon Smart, The Sun
John Kennedy, Xfm
John Leckie, Radiohead/Stone Roses producer
Peter Hook, Joy Division/New Order
Tim Burgess, The Charlatans
Tom Clarke, The Enemy
Tom Smith, Editors

We need your help to get ASIWYFA a place in the final 10 - VOTE NOW FOR 'AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR' AS YOUR FAVOURITE DEBUT ALBUM OF 2009! Then get as many people as possible to do the same. Your clicking and word-spreading is much appreciated by the band and we label types.

Voting closes on 15th January at noon. The shortlist is announced on the 18th February and the overall winner on the 2nd February.


You know the score by now, we're touring A LOT again this year, expect some anouncements in the next few weeks. See you there.

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