Ash frontman Tim Wheeler has today announced details of his forthcoming debut solo record Lost Domain, which is set for release on November 3 through Sony Red. You can hear the track “First Sign Of Spring” above.
The record deals with the death of Tim’s father to dementia and the subsequent effect it had on the singer’s life and family. Speaking about the situation, Wheeler said, “It was a really hard time, but the closeness within my family made it a powerful bonding time as well.”
Although Wheeler is credited as playing the majority of instruments on the album himself, ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows is also featured, and there are performance credits for Fred Aspelin of Alberta Cross, the London Metropolitan Orchestra, Leanne Macomber of Neon Indian and Wenzl McGowen of Moon Hooch.
A portion of the proceeds gained from sales of the record will be given to the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity Wheeler has worked closely with since his father’s death. The album can be pre-ordered via Pledge Music now.
The tracklisting for Lost Domain is as follows:
Snow In Nara
End of An Era
Do You Ever Think of Me?
First Sign of Spring
The four-track EP Sheltered Youth is also avaliable, featuring the following tracks:
Ash returned to live action last night with a free show in Brooklyn, NY. The short set included a few surprises including a return for ‘Numbskull’ for the first time since 2011 and the long awaited return of ‘Detonator’ played for the first time since 2005. The full set was as follows:
A Life Less Ordinary
Detonator (First performance since April 18 2005)
Jack Names the Planets
Numbskull (First performance since December 5 2011)
Girl From Mars
Burn Baby Burn
Ash Wednesday 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Ash’s debut single ‘Jack Names the Planets’. To celebrate the band are the offering a special re-recorded version of the song as a free download for one day only.
Originally written in 1992, ‘Jack Names the Planets’ first featured on Ash’s second demo tape ‘Shed’ and later on demo compilation tape ‘Pipe Smokin’ Brick’. After the demos were picked up by Stephen Taverner ‘Jack Names the Planets’ was released on his new formed La La Land records 20 years ago. With the single picking up play on Radio One and impressing influential DJs Steve Lamacq, John Peel and Mark Radcliffe the band’s fate was sealed and they signed to Infectious Records.
Ash re-recorded ‘Jack Names the Planets’ for their mini-album debut Trailer released in October 1994 but the La La Land recording later featured alongside b-side ‘Don’t Know’ as hidden tracks on the first 50,000 copies of ’1977′ and as bonus extras on the deluxe edition of 1977. The version of ‘Jack Names the Planets’ available today as a free download was recorded in 2011 and featured on the ‘The Best Of Ash’ CD/DVD release.
Tim Wheeler and Emmy The Great are set to play Club NME’s This Is Christmas party at London’s KOKO on December 13.
The duo will once again be playing tracks from their 2011 festive album ‘This Is Christmas’ as well as a host of seasonal cover versions. Doors for the event are at 9.30pm and you can buy tickets online now.
UPDATE: Tim and Emmy have announced another date at Belfast Limelight on the 15th December.
Ash have announced that they will be heading back out on the road in the US next year and this time, as promised, on the west coast. Support will come from Deaf Havana bringing their UK top 10 album to the US for the first time. The dates coincide with the previously announced Weezer cruise taking place from 13-17 of February.
The dates are as follows:
27/01/14: Seattle WA, Tractor Tavern 28/01/14: Portland OR, Doug Fir Lounge 30/01/14: San Francisco, Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop 31/01/14: Los Angeles CA, The Echo 01/02/14: San Diego CA, The Casbah 02/02/14: Phoenix AZ, Obsura @ Rips 04/02/14: Dallas TX, Cambridge Room 05/02/14: Austin TX, Stubbs Bar-B-Q 06/02/14: Houston TX, Fitzgerald’s Downstairs 07/02/14: New Orleans LA, One Eyed Jacks 08/02/14: Little Rock AR, Juanita’s Cafe & Bar 10/02/14: Nashville TN, Mercy Lounge 11/02/14: Birmingham AL, The Bottletree
Ash have announced that they will be heading to Australia this August to play a series of very special ’1977′ themed shows. Tickets are sale on from metropolistouring.com. The full list of shows is as follows:
20/08/2013: Sydney – Metro Theatre, Australia 21/08/2013: Brisbane – Hi Fi, Australia 22/08/2013: Melbourne – Corner Hotel, Australia 27/08/2013: Perth – Rosemount Hotel, Australia 28/08/2013: Adelaide – The Gov, Australia 29/08/2013: Melbourne – Corner Hotel, Australia
UPDATE: Due to demand 3 more shows on the 27th, 28th and 29th have been added.
Ash’s summer touring schedule is beginning to fill up. So far the following summer festivals have been confirmed:
19/07/13: Truck Festival, Hill Farm, Oxford
20/07/13: Super Bock Super Rock, Meco, Portugal
27/07/13: Kendal Calling, The Lake District
02/08/13: Camp Bestival, Dorset
03/08/13: Y Not Festival, Pikehall, Derbyshire