Ash have released a new video for their second Kablammo! single, “Free.” Directed by Mat Whitecross, the clip sees the band solemnly rolling out their song while stuck in an insane asylum.
Ash performed an intimate acoustic live session exclusively for Absolute Radio at the Isle of Wight Festival. The band played “Shutdown” and “Machinery”, which you can watch above. The band were also interviewed which you can view below.
Kablammo has only been out a few weeks but it has already gained widespread praise from critics and fans and propelled the band back in to the spotlight. Here’s a collection of Kablammmo album reviews from around the web:
- Alternative Press
- Classic Rock
- Golden Plectrum
- Four Culture
- The Digital Music Fix
- Music OMH
- Louder than War
The band have also been extremely busy on the press circuit, here’s a selection of interviews:
- Ash Are Ready to Go ‘Kablammo!’ Again - The band chat with Spin
- Put your apple core in the food bin - Rick talks to Downtown
- Out of the Blue - Vanyaland interview with Tim
- Back with a Bang - Rick speaks to Glasswerk
- People like Ash to be fun - Tim chats with HMV
- We’re going to have to put up a statue! - Rick talks to Gigslutz
Ash have been confirmed as the headliners of Chase Park Festival in Wickham, Gateshead on August 8th 2015. Turin Brakes, Beth Macari, Blizzard and Gallery Circus will also appear. Tickets are on sale now.
The band have also announced a special warm up show for Reading and Leeds Festival at the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms on 28th August 2015. Tickets will be on sale shortly.
In other news the bands show in Belfast on June 8th has been upgraded to Limelight 1 due to demand, Bad Cavalier will support.
Ash celebrated the launch of new album Kablammo! last night playing a special instore show at Rough Trade East in London. You can view footage of the band plaing “Cocoon” above. The set list ran as follows:
- Evel Knievel
- Go! Fight! Win!
- Let’s Ride
- Girl from Mars
- Burn Baby Burn
Ash played a secret Kablammo! launch show yesterday afternoon at the Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green, London. The band gave live debuts to several tracks from the new album. The set list ran as follows:
- Go! Fight! Win!
- Evel Knievel
- Let’s Ride
- Burn Baby Burn
Tim Wheeler spoke to Noisey recently to rank Ash’s current eight studio albums from worst to best. Below is the list along with a brief comment from Tim about each album:
“I don’t really like the recording much, and it’s all the songs we had from our first two years in the band. I guess it was the best songs we had, except from “Girl From Mars,” which we held back on purpose. Listening to it I think half of it is good and half of it isn’t so good.”
“We got to record it in LA at Sound City, which was part of living out our fantasies as teenage Nirvana fans, getting to record where Nevermind was made. But I think we toured Free All Angels so much in the States, and we were sharpening up as a live rock band, and that really fed into the music. And I guess bands like Queens of the Stone Age had emerged as well, and we loved the playing. Rick was all about Dave Grohl’s drumming on that one album of theirs [Songs For The Deaf]. So we were quite influenced by that stuff and all the time we spent in America. Also I think it was written pretty fast, after being so burnt out from touring, so it’s not quite as song-focused as some as the other records.”
Twilight of the Innocents
“This was a record we put out and said it was going to be our last one. I guess it didn’t quite connect with radio the way the other albums had. I’m really proud of it though because it was our first self-produced record and the first one we made after setting up our studio in New York. We put a lot of work into it and I’m particularly proud of the final track on the record, the title track, which was always monumental to play live. We got to work with Paul Buckmaster on the string arrangements for that song.”
“We don’t play much of it live so we forget what it’s like, but there are some really cool sounds, some really cool songs. Maybe if two of the songs were better it’d be an absolute blinder. It starts really great with “Projects” and “Jesus Says. If we put “A Life Less Ordinary” it would’ve done well, because that was the in-between single. It never found a home on a record. Looking back, I think that’s one of my big regrets. That would have been a good move. Nestling it between tracks two and three, it would’ve been fantastic.”
“It was experimental in both the method of release and the music we were doing. We were trying to surprise people every two weeks with a different style, but it was such a big challenge. It was really exciting and a very creative time. Definitely the hardest I’ve ever worked in the studio. We were also self-releasing, so that was crazy. We were completely winging it all the time. And we did vinyl for every single, every two weeks. Part of the idea was that it’d be digital, but because we did the seven-inches we needed two months lead time to press the vinyl, so that made things quite hairy at some points. We also did a subscription service, which was quite interesting. Our big dream was to go top 40 every two weeks. I think if we only had 2,000 more subscribers we would have done that, but we came quite close. That was the kind of statement I really wanted to make.”
“I’m most excited about it this minute so I’d like to put it first but I’ve got give it a bit of time. I’m going with tried and tested at the top of the pile. I feel it’s got the essence of what’s best about Ash. I think because we’d gone away from making albums for a while. I’d definitely felt the pressure of living up to 1977 and Free All Angels, in the sense that there needed to be stronger songs. I spent a long time focusing on songwriting. I think there’s a sense of nostalgia and looking back on songs like “Hedonism” and “Bring Back The Summer.” I think you can still hear we’re having fun. That’s part of the reason why we called it Kablammo!—we wanted it to be a fun and exciting pop record.”
Free all Angels
“It’s not quite as noisy as the previous two, but it’s up-tempo and rocking. Alan Moulder mixed it, so it has a slightly more posh sound. I think it has a great bunch of songs, a great bunch of singles on it. Some of our defining songs are on there. It was kind of a hard time after the Britpop scene fell away, pretty much all of the UK indie bands were flopping with their follow-up records and then getting dropped. If this record hadn’t been a success it probably would’ve been the end of our career. I knew I had to get back into the pop style of writing, like I did on 1977, because I thought that is what we hadn’t pushed enough on Nu-Clear Sounds. That was the one thing that was missing, definitely.”
“I guess it’s the album we play most songs from, so we’re still very much in touch with it. A lot of the songs are what defined us and how people view us. I’m very proud of it because of how old I was when I wrote it. Some of the songs are simple, but some are clever and I’m surprised when I look at them. We still play a lot of it live and it stands up with everything we’ve done.”
Ash finally stopped off for a gig in their spiritual Surrey home – of Ash. The band played a short acoustic set yesterday morning in the back garden of competition winner Tom Coleman. The show was broadcast live on The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show as part of Absolute Radio’s Brekfest 2015. The band played “Girl from Mars” and “Shining Light”, you can view the short set above.
Ash have announced a series of free instore appearances to coincide with the release of new album Kablammo!. The band will be signing copies of the album and playing live, their appearance at Tower will also be followed by a Q&A session hosted by 2FM DJ Dan Hegarty.
Monday 25th May: 7pm
Rough Trade East (Electric)
Wednesday 27th May: 3pm
Rise, Bristol (Acoustic)
Thursday 28th May: 5:30pm
HMV, Belfast (Acoustic)
Friday 29th May: 1pm
Tower, Dublin (Acoustic)
Ash have confirmed the song titles of the bonus tracks that will appear on the deluxe edition of their new album Kablammo!. The following four tracks are all brand new and will appear on disc two.
- This Time Tomorrow
- Anything is Possible
Tim recently spoke with Gerry Kelly on BBC Radio Ulster, and performed an acoustic version of new song “Shutdown”. You can listen to the interview and performance on BBC iPlayer.