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.
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.”
The tracklisting for Kablammo! is as follows:
- Let’s Ride
- Go! Fight! Win!
- Evel Knievel
- For Eternity
- Bring Back the Summer
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”, “Evel 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
Fortune (later retitled Go! Fight! Win!)
A Life Less Ordinary
Evel Knievel (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.