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Ash Album And Tour Dates

The whole climate that ‘Free All Angels’ was made in was so poppy, it was almost like you had to compete with alot of manufactured stuff,” says Tim Wheeler. Compete they did, to the tune of a number one album and five massive hit singles. They had proved themselves as the most durable band of their generation, achieving longevity that most bands can only dream of, while losing none of their youthful flair. Still, it was time to move on. As Tim points out, “our heads were in a total different space when it came to this record.”

Specifically, that place was America, where they spent a further year touring ‘Free All Angels’. There, travelling across the rock heartland, it became abundantly clear which signpost Ash would follow on the next stage of their journey. “I think being in America really influenced this record, going to a place where rock music is really alive. It was going back to our roots in a way, we wanted to make a real guitar-based album.”

Decamping to Los Angeles and hooking up with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, System Of A Down) they set about realising their dream. Out there, the band found a new democracy, led less by Tim’s hook-laden songwriting alone, but with all four members punching with equal weight. “We were playing a lot better as musicians,” says Tim. “Rick’s drumming was a big influence on the record, he’s turned into a drumming monster! I think we had a real confidence to try something new with this record.”

“Previously we’ve always taken a sort of ‘White Album’ approach really,” says Tim, “just anything goes’, but I think that can be confusing for people, a lot of people don’t know what Ash is about. This time we just wanted to make a solid album with just one kind of vibe. This record is going to sound amazing live. Its our live sound, so it’s more a representation of what we really are. We wanted to make it as straight as possible, and just get really shit hot performances.”

‘Orpheus’ the single is released on May 3rd and ASH will be touring the UK. ‘Meltdown’ the album is released on May 17th


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27th Liverpool University Academy
28th Truro Hall of Cornwall
30th London Hammersmith Odeon
31st Birmingham Academy


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5th Manchester Academy
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8th Glasgow Academy

Last updated: 19/04/2018 13:20:00

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