Ash have announced the artwork, release date and tracklisting for their upcoming album Kablammo!. The album will be released on May 25th through earMUSIC records.
It’s been eight years since Twilight of the Innocents, the album Ash vowed would be their last. The ensuing years saw the band embark on the ambitious A-Z singles series and its accompanying A-Z tour taking them from Aldershot to Zennor.
“A-Z was a great exercise in creativity and we stand by our choice to do it but we still love the album format. Stepping away from it for eight years has given us a new found love for the format and it’s been really exciting to get back to thinking about music in that way again”.
On Kablammo! the band explain that they set out to capture the live essence of Ash, the closest sonic predecessor being 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.”
The title itself - Kablammo! - sums up the excitement Ash felt “to be in a room together making new music. You can hear that on every song.” And this renewed enthusiasm for playing together is writ large over the album’s 12 tracks, the in your face quality which has made Ash one of the UK’s best -loved bands.
“We’ve finally bridged the gap between our live show and the recording” the band say “Kablammo! is the proof.”
“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 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 set lists for both shows were as follows:
RAK Studios, London
Jack Names the Planets
What Deaner Was Talking About (Ween cover)
Lost in You
Shutdown (Live debut)
The Barfly, London
A Life Less Ordinary
Evel Knievel (Live debut)
Cocoon (Live debut)
Girl from Mars
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.