To coincide with the 20th Anniversary of their debut number one album 1977, Ash will release a live album titled “Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997” on December 2nd.
This live album was recorded over five unprecedented consecutive nights at the London Astoria from the 28th February to the 4th March 1997. The album captures the band at the height of their rapid rise. The album will be released as a limited edition, numbered, red coloured vinyl in gatefold sleeve, CD and download.
The track listing for “Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997” is as follows:
Ash will release the free Kablammo! Acoustic EP one track at a time over the next five weeks. The first free download from the EP will be current single “Free”, followed next week by “Shutdown”. Here’s what the band say about the release:
“Due to the amazing response Kablammo! has had we thought it would be fun to record acoustic versions of a few of the songs and give them away as free downloads! We’ve recorded a five track acoustic EP and we’ll be giving away one song each week over the coming weeks leading us up to start of our US tour dates and the release of our next single Machinery.”
Ash have announced an extensive UK tour for December. The band will play eleven dates in the UK and Ireland with a London show at Shepherds Bush Empire. The band will be supported on all dates by Asylums.
Tickets are on sale from Friday August 7th. Full list of dates as follows:
02.12.15 – Bristol, Bierkeller
03.12.15 – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
05.12.15 – Newcastle, Riverside
06.12.15 – Glasgow, ABC
08.12.15 – Manchester, Ritz
09.12.15 – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
10.12.15 – Sheffield, Leadmill
12.12.15 – Norwich, Waterfront
13.12.15 – Brighton, Concorde 2
14.12.15 – Cardiff, Y Plas Cardiff University
15.12.15 – Dublin, Olympia
The trio have also announced details of new single “Machinery”, set for release on October 9th. Described by Tim as “probably the most indie pop tune on the record”, it’s “essentially a song about someone in modern times trying to find a real connection” he explains.
Update: The band will play an acoustic instore show at Pie & Vinyl in Portsmouth on August 28th at 4pm.
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.”
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.
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler has today announced details of his forthcoming debut solo record Lost Domain, which is set for release on November 3 through Sony Red. You can hear the track “First Sign Of Spring” above.
The record deals with the death of Tim’s father to dementia and the subsequent effect it had on the singer’s life and family. Speaking about the situation, Wheeler said, “It was a really hard time, but the closeness within my family made it a powerful bonding time as well.”
Although Wheeler is credited as playing the majority of instruments on the album himself, ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows is also featured, and there are performance credits for Fred Aspelin of Alberta Cross, the London Metropolitan Orchestra, Leanne Macomber of Neon Indian and Wenzl McGowen of Moon Hooch.
A portion of the proceeds gained from sales of the record will be given to the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity Wheeler has worked closely with since his father’s death. The album can be pre-ordered via Pledge Music now.
The tracklisting for Lost Domain is as follows:
Snow in Nara
End of An Era
Do You Ever Think of Me?
First Sign of Spring
The four-track EP Sheltered Youth is also avaliable, featuring the following tracks:
To coincide with the bands 20th anniversary celebrations Ash have released an EP of cover versions entitled Little Infinity. The EP is available to download from the band’s website and all digital download providers around the world today, the actual 20th anniversary. The EP will also be available as a 12" heavyweight vinyl limited to 500 numbered copies as a collaboration between the band’s Atomic Heart Records and Canadian boutique vinyl label Noyes Records. The tracklisting for Little Infinity is as follows;
Ash release their new album The Best Of Ash today. The album also comes with a DVD which includes the first ever release of the previously unseen tour documentary Teenage Wildlife.
Entirely self-funded, it depicts the band’s rise from local school heroes to the all-conquering band that topped the charts with their debut album 1977. Yet underneath the surface of the band’s success, we see the three young musicians struggling to adapt to their new-found fame and the insane workload that a global tour of a hit album necessitates.
Narrated by Ewan McGregor to a brilliantly acerbic script by the late Stephen Wells, Teenage Wildlife shows the highs, lows and debauchery of the band’s initial breakthrough.
In addition, The Best of Ash features the band’s music videos on DVD for the very first time.
Ash have today announced details of a new compilation The Best of Ash to be released on October 17th. The Best of Ash documents the band’s biggest hits and most loved songs to date. Opening with their breakthrough hit "Girl from Mars", the album also includes such defining Ash songs as the Ivor Novello-winning single "Shining Light", their highest charting single "Goldfinger", the enduringly popular "Burn Baby Burn" and live staple "Kung Fu". The album is completed with a brand new recording of "Jack Names the Planets" which originally featured on their debut EP Trailer.
In addition, a special CD / DVD format of the album will feature the first ever release of the previously unseen tour documentary Teenage Wildlife. Entirely self-funded, it depicts the band’s rise from local school heroes to the all-conquering band that topped the charts with their debut album 1977.
Yet underneath the surface of the band’s success, we see the three young musicians struggling to adapt to their new-found fame and the insane workload that a global tour of a hit album necessitates. Narrated by Ewan McGregor to a brilliantly acerbic script by the late Stephen Wells, Teenage Wildlife shows the highs, lows and debauchery of the band’s initial breakthrough.
"It was hard for me to watch it for a while as we were going through complete nervous breakdowns trying to deal with it all as we were so young," says vocalist/guitarist Tim Wheeler. "But it’s a really cool document of that whole time especially as it was a lot harder to make documentaries on the road back then and there was a lot of craziness".
In addition, it features all of the band’s music videos on DVD for the very first time, including the rampaging energy of the cheerleader and basketball "Burn Baby Burn" video and the Hammer & Tongs-directed video for "A Life Less Ordinary".
The Best of Ash will feature the following tracks:
Tim Wheeler and Emmy The Great recently recorded a cover of “Washington Parks” by Robert Manning for the Music for MRI project. The project aims to get artists to record a cover of Robert Manning’s song “Washington Parks” to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis (the disease), and the MS Society (the charity). Tim said of the project:
We recently recorded a cover of “Washington Parks” at Emmy‘s house and finished it at Atomic Heart Studios. I’d heard about Robert’s project from Emmy and I helped out with recording her version. Robert has Multiple Sclerosis and has been asking bands to record cover versions of his song to raise awareness for MS and raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. I think it’s a beautiful song and a powerful way of using music to fight his disease and also help people.
Please support him and buy it! Big thanks to Claudius Mittendorfer for giving his time to mix the recording. There is also an special Ash collaborative version on it’s way so look out for that very soon.
You can purchase the track now from iTunes, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. 100% of the money you give from buying the song is going to the MS Society to help people like Robert with Multiple Sclerosis.
To find more about the Music for MRI Project and to listen to and purchase other versions of “Washington Parks” visit the Music for MRI blog.
Also keep your eyes peeled on the Music for MRI blog as new versions of “Washington Parks” from Ash, We are Scientists and many more artists are coming soon.
Ash release A-Z Vol. 2 today on CD and digital download. This release collects together the second half of the A-Z series, which has seen them release a single every fortnight for the past year. A-Z Vol. 2 features the final 13 singles including "Binary", "Carnal Love" and "Embers" plus three bonus tracks.
Ash have announced details of A-Z Vol. 2 The CD will be released on October 11th 2010 and will contain three bonus tracks. "Nightfall" which was pencilled in as single Z for a good while, and featured in the A-Z trailer, "Spellbound" formerly known as "Ice Cold" which is Russell’s favourite, and a cover of David Bowie’s “Teenage Wildlife”. The full tracklisting is as follows:
Dare To Dream
Change Your Name
There Is Hope Again
Ash are keen to stress that there is only three bonus tracks on this volume because single Y “Sky Burial” is 10 mins long and there isn’t space on the disc for more.
UPDATE: Details of the Japanese release of A-Z Vol. 2 have also been announced. There will be two more bonus tracks "Running to the Ocean" and "Midnight in the Garden", as well as a bonus CD featuring A-Z subscription bonus tracks and live, acoustic and remixes.
Ash have announced details of the next free bonus track for A-Z series subscribers. Those who purchase an A-Z Series digital subscription before midnight on Thursday 8th April 2010 will get a free Mogwai remix of next single in the A-Z Series, "Dare to Dream".
The band have also pressed 1,000 7” records of the remix and are offering five lucky A-Z Series subscribers the chance to win a signed remix vinyl, all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is email firstname.lastname@example.org, title your emails DARE TO DREAM.
For those that don’t win, a limited amount of remix vinyls will be available for A-Z Series subscribers to purchase, while the rest will be available through independent record stores for Record Store Day (17th April) and from the merchandise stand on the UK and European Tour while stocks last!
"Dare To Dream" will be released on Monday 12th April as digital download, as part of the A-Z Series digital subscription and on limited edition 7” vinyl.
A link to download the remix will be emailed to all subscribers on Tuesday 13th April.
Ash have announced details of the next free exclusive bonus track to be given away to those who purchase an A-Z Series digital subscription before midnight on Thursday 25th March 2010. The track, "Empire Of Sand", was written by Ash drummer Rick McMurray. The band describe the song as follows:
"Strap yourself in for a haunting ghost ride through the nihilistic mind of Richard Wilson McMurray. “Empire of Sand” is a deeply honest introspection of the crushing void experienced as one’s foundations crumble around a devastating life event".
A link to download the bonus track will be emailed to all subscribers on Tuesday 30th March.
Ash have today confirmed details of the bonus tracks that will appear on the upcoming A-Z Vol. 1 release. The tracks are all newly recorded, including a re-recorded version of Carly Simon’s "Coming Around Again", the band originally recorded this for a radio session back in 1995. The full list of bonus tracks is as follows:
Return of White Rabbit
Coming Around Again
Do You Feel It?
The Japanese release will also contain two further bonus tracks:
A-Z Vol. 1 will be released on 19th April 2010 and is available to pre-order now.
Ash have revealed details of the 3rd free and exclusive bonus track to be given away to A-Z series subscribers. Subscribe to the groundbreaking A-Z Series before midnight Thursday 25th February 2010 and receive an exclusive bonus track, "Night Terrors".
Night Terrors will NOT be available anywhere else, the ONLY way to get this track is to subscribe to the A-Z Series now in the Ash store. The free bonus track will be sent to both new and current subscribers the w/c 1st March.
Ash have announced today that they will release A-Z Vol. 1 on the 19th April 2010 through Atomic Heart Records. The release marks the halfway point in Ash’s groundbreaking 26 single campaign the A-Z Series. Wrapping up singles A to M, the CD will also feature a host of bonus material. There will also be a limited edition CD/DVD format, featuring the A-Z Tour diary filmed last autumn.
The band are currently back in their Manhattan Studio recording tracks which will complete the second half of the series.
Ash have announced today that those who subscribe to the A-Z Singles Series by midnight Thursday 14th January 2010 will receive an exclusive bonus track “Gallows Hill”.
“Gallows Hill” will NOT be available anywhere else, and the only way to get this track is to subscribe to the A-Z Series now. The free bonus track will be sent to both new and current subscribers the w/c 18th January.
Subscribers will also be the first to hear about the spring tour and ticket information.
Ash have today announced that “Joy Kicks Darkness” will be the next single released in the A-Z series. The single, letter B of the series will be available from Monday 26th October as a download and limited 7" vinyl.
Ash have released the full subscription details of the A-Z singles series. The band will release 26 singles in one year, with a new single released every two weeks. Each single will be available as a digital download and limited edition 7" record. There will also be a limited edition vinyl collectors box available. Subscription opens on October 6th. The full pricing details are as follows:
Subscription to all 26 tracks: £13
Individual downloads will be available from all digital retailers
Limited 7" Records
Subscription to all 26 vinyls and downloads: £130 (inc. p&p)
7" Vinyl Collector’s box for £10 (plus £2.50 p&p)
Individual 7" Vinyls will be priced at £5 (inc. p&p)
Limited 7" Vinyl Collector’s Box
This is exclusive to ashofficial.com: £20* (plus £2.50 p&p)
There is a £10 discount when purchased with Limited 7" Vinyl Subscription.
For more details and to subscribe to the series visit the Ash Store
Ash have also produced a promotional video which you can see below. The video was produced by Big Button with Nico acting as director/Lead Animator.
The first single form the upcoming A-Z Series, “True Love 1980”, will be getting its exclusive first air on Steve Lamacq’s 6Music show on Monday 24th August. There will also be a live phone chat from Tim Wheeler.
Ash have released the Mark Hamilton penned song “Return of White Rabbit” as a free download on their official website. The band will also make 1000 limited edition 7" records available to buy through mail order and selected independent record shops from June 8.
The bands new single “Return of White Rabbit” sees the band throwing angular guitars over electro hooks and growling bass, in a febrile departure from their recent output. Created with resident engineer Claudius Mittendorfer, this is an urgent and liberating take on classic heart-tugging Ash, indicative of the darker electronic influence across the forthcoming releases.
The exclusive promo CD’s for the song have been artworked personally by members of the band: including Rick’s pack of playing cards, Tim’s apocalyptic bunny rabbits and Mark’s day-glo stencils.
The release of “Return of White Rabbit” is the starting point for an exciting and ambitious plan from the band. For the past year Ash have been holed up in their New York HQ, Atomic Heart Studios, writing and recording a series of songs, the band have announced that these songs will form the “A-Z series”. From September, each fortnight for the next twelve months, Ash will release a single on limited 7" vinyl and digital download. Commencing with “A” and running through the alphabet, all 26 songs will be released on Ash’s own Atomic Heart Records label and will be available through shops and by subscription through the band’s official website.
Ash will re-release their critically acclaimed debut album 1977 on Monday 3rd November. This remastered special three disc collector’s edition includes the original 12 track album, and the Trailer mini album on disk one, Live at the Wireless and Live at Reading Festival 1996 on disc two, while Rarities & B-sides make up the third disk.
You can pre-order the album now on amazon and play.
Ash have revealed more details about the deluxe edition re-release of their classic number one debut album 1977. The album will be released by Rhino records, Tim is currently remastering the whole collection while Mark is overseeing the artwork.
The band have also mixed their classic performance at the Reading Festival in 1996 and will be including the long lost track “The Scream”, which is being mixed later this week. There will be three CDs in the set and the tracklisting is planned to be as follows:
Disc 1: ‘1977’
Girl from Mars
I’d Give You Anything
Gone the Dream
Let it Flow
Lost in You
‘Trailer’ Mini Album
Jack Names the Planets
Disc 2: ‘Live At The Wireless’
A Clear Invitation To The Dance (Part 1)
Girl from Mars
I’d Give You Everything
What Deaner Was Talking About
A Clear Invitation To The Dance Part 2
‘Live At Reading 1996’
Jack Names the Planets
Lost in You
Gone the Dream
Girl from Mars
Disc 3: Rarities & B-sides
Girl from Mars (4 track demo)
Jack Names the Planets (La La Land Records 7" version)
Don’t Know (La La Land Records 7" version)
Silver Surfer (John Peel session in ‘94)
Hulk Hogan Bubblebath
Day Of The Triffids
Luther Ingo’s Star Cruiser
Astral Conversations With Toulouse Lautrec
Gimme Some Truth
I Need Somebody
Everywhere Is All Around
Does Your Mother Know
I Only Want To Be With You
A Life Less Ordinary (Original Tim Simenon recording)
The album is expected towards the end of September or early October.
Ash’s cover of The Rentals “Please Let That Be You” is now available to download from the US iTunes Music store and Amazon.com. The song is lifted from the album Friends of P - The Rentals Tribute.
The track costs $0.99 and can be previewed on both Amazon and iTunes. The Rentals frontman Matt Sharp was the original bassist of the band Weezer and is also credited in the Meltdown sleeve notes for band photography and lending a bass amp.
Ash’s latest single “End of the World” charted at a very disappointed number 62 in the UK singles chart last night. Apparently this was partly due to a packaging error. On Friday with physical and download sales the single was on the edge of the top 30, but because neither 7-inch records had the correct bar codes, they were not scanned at the point of purchase and so did not count towards the singles chart position. The second vinyl should also have come with poster packaging, rather than just being in a clear sleeve.
The song is now likely to be the last single lifted from Twilight of the Innocents, though the band still plan to release the title track as an EP which will include four new B-sides, to coincide with autumn UK tour. The recording of the B-sides is near completion, with Tim laying down the lyrics when the band return to New York after their upcoming tour with Sportfreunde Stiller in Germany this month.
Ash have today released the iTunes Festival: London EP. The seven track live EP is available exclusively through iTunes as a digital download. The seven tracks are taken from the bands exclusive iTunes show at the ICA in London, England on July 08.
I Started A Fire
You Can’t Have It All
A Life Less Ordinary
Twilight Of The Innocents
Burn Baby Burn
The bands new single “End of the World” is out now, you can also purchase demo and acoustic version of “End of the World” through the iTunes music store for £1.49, as well as the music video for £1.89.
Ash have confirmed full details of new single “End of the World” which will be released on Monday 10th September in the UK. It will be released on the following formats:
CD Single (Cat. No: ASH07CD)
End of the World (Album Version)
Wasted On You
Statis In Darkness
7" #1 Gatefold (Cat. No: ASH07)
Side A - End of the World (Album Version)
Side B - Shattered Glass (Demo)
7" #2 Poster Bag (Cat. No: ASH07X)
Side A - End of the World (Album Version)
Side B - Suicide Girls (Demo)
Ash have confirmed that the much requested “Singapore Song” has been renamed “Seventh Circle” and will appear on the CD single, the version that appears is the the full studio version which never made the Meltdown album. “Statis In Darkness” is an old Free All Angels era outtake while “Wasted On You” was one of the 27 demos the band recorded for current album Twilight Of The Innocents.
The 7" singles meanwhile are backed with early demo recordings of “Suicide Girls” which later became “Palace of Excess” and “Shattered Glass”.
Ash have delayed the release of their new single “End of the World” from Monday 27th August to September 10th. The video for the single, which will be the third from the bands final album Twilight Of The Innocents, was recorded in Japan earlier this month. Stay tuned for confirmation of the release date and B-sides.
The single received its first radio play last week on Colin Murray’s Radio 1 Show.
Ash’s new album Twilight of the Innocents today entered the UK album chart at a rather disappointing number 32. The album unfortunately dropped a few places from it’s mid week position of number 28, and is the first time an Ash album has not entered the top 10.
You may remember back in May Ash bassist Mark Hamilton revealed that legendary lost track “Singapore Song” would soon be set for an iTunes exclusive release.
When “New Tattoo” was announced as an exclusive iTunes pre-order track for the new album there was speculation it was a new title for the lost track. However, Mark has now confirmed that the release of the song has been held up again and that “New Tattoo” is a completely new track, only available, along with a two part documentary, via iTunes when you pre-order the new Ash album Twilight of the Innocents - released this coming Monday (2nd July).
Ash’s new album is released next Monday (July 2nd) and if you pre-order it on iTunes in the UK you get the exclusive track “New Tattoo”, which was one of the 27 songs the band demoed for the new album.
In other Ash news the band are playing an exclusive iTunes show at the London ICA on Sunday July 8th, the band will be supported by Ben’s Brother.
Following the release of singles “You Can’t Have It All” and “Polaris” Ash’s new and final album Twilight of the Innocents will finally be released on Monday, 2nd July, on CD, 12" vinyl and download.
To celebrate the much anticipated release, Ash will playing a run of four nights at the London Koko, from Tuesday to Friday next week. A few tickets are still available.
The Japanese release of Twilight of the Innocents will be released on 2CDs and features “You Can’t Have It All” B-side “Saskia” as a bonus album track and a second live CD featuring material spanning across 13 years of Ash.
Ash’s latest single “Polaris” has entered the UK singles chart at number 32. This position may seem a little disappointing following “You Can’t Have It All” entering at no. 16 back in April, but midweek charts indicated that with physical sales alone (i.e. CD and Vinyl) Ash were in the top 10 at number 8, while the single lay at no.28 with overall sales. It appears the inclusion of digital downloads in the singles chart is having a negative effect on Ash’s chart position.
The bands final album Twilight of the Innocents will be out a week today on Monday 2nd July, followed by third single proper “End of the World” which is currently set for release on Monday 27th August.