Electric Picnic 2010 - And So I Watch You From Afar
Crawdaddy Stage, Saturday 4th September, 1.30pm
Describe in a tweet: The crusade begins here.
What Happened: ASIWYFA have undergone a transformation of late. Whereas once their songs played out like epic melodramas, full of anger, sadness and hope, now the band are like avenging angels, battering down the gates of hell. The band who wrote 'Set Guitars to Kill' have now found a setting even more devastating than that. The twin guitar attack of Rory Friers and Tony Wright is razor sharp; intricate, yet full of bludgeoning power, whilst the rhythm section of Chris Wee and Johnny Adger are simply unstoppable.
A selection of material from the band's début album and their 'Letters' EP makes up the body of the set, but the atmospheric, emotionally acute moments of yore are largely missing, replaced by an awesomely destructive riff-led assault. Perhaps it's the years of paying their dues and gaining high profile tours with the likes of Them Crooked Vultures that has lent them this level of power, or perhaps it's simply down to the fact that this feels like a band on a mission. Either way, at this point, you're either with them, or you're against them - and on the strength of this, only a fool would stand in their way.
Electric Dreams: The crowd know every note, at one point filling in the gaps whilst the band step back. Who needs vocals anyway?
Ants on a Picnic: There was almost nothing at all to fault in this performance. I'm not going to say it was perfect, but it was as close as it is humanly possible to be.
EP Rating: 9/10