There’s something utterly joyous about math/post-rock hybrid bands at their best. No record has ever illustrated this more, in your reviewer’s humble opinion at least, than the self-titled 2009 debut from Belfast quartet And So I Watch You from Afar. Any record that starts as thunderously as that one – with the still magnificent ‘Set Guitars to Kill’ – and manages to keep up the pace and the punch – whether physical (‘TheseRIOTSareJUSTtheBEGINNING’) or emotional (‘The Voiceless’) – so perfectly throughout the rest of its duration is deserving of significant praise. That it was a debut record obviously ensured that the band leapt towards the top of the list of the most exciting young bands in the UK well before the release of 2011’s follow-up, Gangs. If anything that record was an even more exuberant listen. Just you try listening to ‘Search:Party:Animal’ or ‘Lifeproof’ without finding yourself with a great big grin on your face.