Ash have today been confirmed as one of the opening acts for the Foo Fighters show at Slane Castle on May 30, 2015. Ash join The Strypes, Hozier and Kaiser Chiefs on the bill. Tickets are on sale now.
“Kung Fu”, Tim Wheeler’s paean to martial arts hero Jackie Chan and The Ramones, was released twenty years ago today. The single charted at #57 in the UK singles chart and featured Eric Cantona’s infamous flying kick into the crowd on the cover art, Cantona later berated the band faxing the label, “I spit on your record”.
To celebrate watch the high action music video for the single above. Rick McMurray today reflected on the video:
The “Kung Fu” video was directed by the late Great Steven Wells at our gig at New Cross Venue and around Chinatown in Soho. It was a pretty busy day as I remember; we also supported Supergrass at the Astoria that evening for an XFM broadcast. The video really sums up the song and the craziness of our gigs at the time. The video may or may not show a glimpse of my future wife who was down the front for the New Cross show. Rick
Ash will release “Cocoon” on cassette via POST/POP Records at this year’s Independent Label Market @ Spitalfields, London on March 28th.
The cassette will be available to purchase online via the Ash store on Sunday 29th March for £5.
Ash celebrated Ash Wednesday in true style yesterday playing two shows in one day. The first was at RAK Studios in London where the band played a short acoustic set followed by a Meet & Greet for fans who pledged on Pledge Music. The band, who are in London this week finishing up their new album Kablammo! recording strings at British Grove Studios, gave fans an exclusive playback of their comeback single “Cocoon”.
Later that evening the band took to the stage at The Barfly in London where they tore through a greatest hits set that included four tracks from Kablammo! including the live debut of “Cocoon”, “Evil Kinevel” and “Shut Down”. The setlists for both shows were as follows:
RAK Studios, London
Jack Names the Planets
What Deaner Was Talking About (Ween cover)
Lost in You
Shut Down (Live debut)
The Barfly, London
A Life Less Ordinary
Evil Kinevel (Live debut)
Cocoon (Live debut)
Girl From Mars
Joy Kicks Darkness
Burn Baby Burn
Ash have announced they’ll be heading out on a UK tour in June to promote new album Kablammo!. Tickets on sale from 9am on February 20th.
The band have also been confirmed for the MBC festival in Spain in April and the Long Division and Isle of Wight festivals in June. The dates are as follows:
April 03/05 - MBC Festival, Puerto de Sagunto, Spain
June 07 - Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
June 08 - The Limelight 2, Belfast, United Kingdom
June 09 - The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
June 11 - Scala, London, United Kingdom
June 12 - Sound Control, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 13 - Long Division Festival, Wakefield, United Kingdom
June 14 - Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Ash have announced their ‘Ash Wednesday’ return with “Cocoon” the first single from their forthcoming studio album Kablammo!
“Cocoon” is a compact two and half minute blast of pure power pop, the type that has made Ash one of the country’s best-loved bands. “It’s Ash at their frenetic best: a wall of guitars and a shot of adrenaline with a sweet melodic chaser”, says Rick McMurray . “One of the earliest songs written for the forthcoming album, you can hear how excited the three of us are to be back in the same room. Having this much fun crammed into two and a half minutes is probably illegal.”
Commenting on the new album Kablammo! - “After a wait of 8 years, and a long string of singles, we’ve gone on to do what we said we would never do again: we’ve only gone and recorded a brand new album!”
“We set out to capture the live essence of Ash, the closest sonic predecessor would be 2004’s Meltdown, with the songwriting of the Free All Angels singles. We’ve stripped away the electronic overtones of the A-Z series and made a streamlined blazing guitar record.”
“On every song you can hear what makes this band tick, our beating (atomic) heart. It’s a visceral expression of what has driven us since 1992. Passion, melody and Ash.”
Ash will showcase songs from the new album at a special one off show at London’s Barfly tonight, 120 tickets are available from 9am today, at the Ash-tastic price of £19.77.
Ash have today announed that their new studio album is now available for pre-order at PledgeMusic. The currently untitled album, their first full-length since Twilight of the Innocents in 2007, will be released early in 2015.
By ordering your copy of the new Ash album at PledgeMusic, you will gain access to exclusive content that will bring you closer to the band, the recording process, and Ash’s journey towards the release of the record than you’ve ever been before. You’ll receive updates directly from the studio and see the record’s tracklisting and artwork before anyone else.
There are a whole host of PledgeMusic exclusive items, such as signed handwritten lyric prints, and rare vinyl test pressings most of these are limited so order early to avoid disappointment.
Tim Wheeler has today released the music video for his new single “Vigil”. The video was filmed in New Hampshire last month with director by Alex Turvey and cameraman Jeremy Lynch.
Tim Wheeler appeared on BBC Breakfast news last week to promote his upcoming solo album Lost Domain. You can see his interview above.
Tim Wheeler will be heading out on a solo tour of Europe this November supporting Andy Burrows. The dates are as follows:
Nov 14 - Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 16 - Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
Nov 17 - Privatclub, Berlin, Germany
Nov 18 - Strom Linienclub, Munich, Germany
Nov 19 - La Cave du Bleu Lezard, Lausanne, Switzerland