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8 questions for... And So I Watch You From Afar

And So I Watch You From Afar will be the first band to headline a gig at the Old Belfast Telegraph Building on Saturday, December 16.

Ahead of the show, we spoke to the Belfast-based band's drummer Chris Wee about meeting musical heroes and love of hometown fans.

1.What's the best and worst thing that's ever happened to you on stage?

One time at a festival our friend Krim from a band called Bear Makes Ninja got on stage with us and drummed while I danced around on stage then jumped into the crowd. So I effectively got to watch my own band play while I floated around on top of people.

The worst was probably getting stung by a wasp directly onto my finger as I reached for a fresh drum stick in the middle of a show, I could barely play on it was total agony.

2. Who is your music idol and have you ever met them?

Hands down Dave Grohl, and yes I did. We were lucky enough to support his side project band Them Crooked Vultures a number of years ago. He was as nice as I could have hoped, definitely meet your heroes.

3. Can your music be described in one word?

Definitely not.

4. Can your music be described in five words?

Complex, Noisy, Frantic, Ethereal, Jubilant.

5. What can the Belfast audience expect from your upcoming show?

We’re fresh off of a six week tour of Europe and the UK and while we’ve had some time off we hope to be well oiled and deliver a memorable show.

Belfast crowds are always lively and noisy and we love to feed off that energy.

Also, we feel very privileged to be the first live band to headline a show in the Old Telegraph building which has a grandeur and presence all of its own. It’s an incredible space.

6. What song is your biggest guilty pleasure?

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures as you should just enjoy music no matter what, but if we’re talking along those lines of uncharacteristic songs, Work by Rhianna was an ear worm I had for months.

7. Who would you love to perform a duet with? (living or dead)

I’m not much of a singer but I’d love to have a drum off with Jimmy Chamberlin from The Smashing Pumpkins.

8. If you had to listen to one song on repeat for 24 hours, what would it be?

The Disintegration Loops dlp. 1.1 by William Basinski.

It’s over an hour long of a short loop of orchestral music that was recorded from old tape that got stuck.

It plays the same loop over and over but gradually changes extremely gradually over the course of the hour till it barely sounds like itself.

If you want to become seriously immersed in a piece of music look no further.

  • For ticket information for And So I Watch You From Afar at the Old Telegraph Building, visit www.ticketmaster.ie.

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