Ash have today announced the recruitment of Russell Lissack for their forthcoming UK Tour. Russell will bolster the 3 piece on guitars and keyboards, for a tour that now includes an extra London show at Koko on 6th May.
Russell - of Bloc Party and solo project Pin Me Down - is a life long Ash fan, "I’ve always loved Ash, my first ever stage performance was part of an Ash covers band, so when they asked me to join them on their forthcoming tour I jumped at the chance!"
Tim Wheeler, "We first met at the South By South West in 2005, we’d heard he and Kele Okereke met when Russell was playing Ash songs at a party, so we’ve always felt that connection with him. We’ve loved Bloc Party since their first single and have always really admired his guitar playing."
Ash’s tour coincides with the release of their compilation A-Z Vol. 1 on 19th April. The compilation marks the halfway point in Ash’s groundbreaking 26 single campaign, the A-Z Series. Wrapping up singles A to M alongside a host of bonus material, the compilation illustrates Ash’s rejuvenated creative zeal. It is also available in a limited edition CD/DVD format featuring the 50-minute A-Z tour documentary "A is For Ash".