CONCERT REVIEW: And So I Watch You From Afar @ Durham Live Lounge – 10.17.11

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It was a Saturday night when my friends down the dormitory corridor discovered that their favourite band was going to play in town. Out of curiosity, I wanted a taste of the music scene here and joined in purchasing a ticket. The Irish band is called And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA. I know, not the best acronym around) and I liked the poetic portrayal the name gave. Little did I know I was in for a night of awesome instrumental rock.

October 17th marked the Durham stop of their winter tour at the city’s Live Lounge. The venue was cozy with a bar and there was enough space in front of the stage, which quite suited the group. After two opening acts that didn’t achieve much to warm up the audience, ASIWYFA appeared on stage preparing the equipments. And then the lights dimmed. My friends and I immediately went in front of the stage and read the set list: “BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION”, “Gang”, “Search:Party:Animal”, “A Little bit of Solidarity goes a Long Way”, “”7 Billion People All Alive At Once”, “D Is For Django the Bastard”, “S Is For Salamander” and “Don’t Waste Time Doing Things You Hate”.

In fact, I have never heard of this band before. But what better way is there to experience a band for a first time than a live gig?  The visual set-up of the performance was already stunning.

Standing at the very front was a novel experience, especially when the sound I heard was felt at the same time as physical vibrations. While drummer Chris Wee (half-naked)  provided the solid and powerful rhythms, guitarist Rory Friers and bassist Jonathan Adger were amazing at performing their respective parts. Their dedication to even a small venue was proved by the energetic jumps on amps. Special credit should be given to Friers when he encountered technical difficulties that lasted for about five minutes and tried his best to fix it without interrupting the show. His supportive band members were more than able to deliver music of the same quality during that short period.The crowd, although not a large one, enjoyed the instrumental rock band’s music thoroughly. We clapped and jumped along the great rhythm and guitar riffs. The interactiveness between the performer and the audience could not be better illustrated at the end of the show when the guitarists jumped off stage into the crowd still playing those awesome notes, then leaving their guitars with the audience.

Written and translated by Sherlock Lam
Edited by Jaime Chuреклама googleкак проверить пинг сервера

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