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Video of the Moment #2837: Ash

By on Thursday, 3rd May 2018 at 6:00 pm

Northern Irish rockers Ash will be releasing their seventh studio album in 2 weeks’ time. ‘Islands’ will see the band’s return to Infectious Records, who put out their earlier chart-topping LPs ‘1997’ and ‘Free All Angels’. They have a new promo video for album track ‘Annabel’, starring 23-year old Clement Vannini, a French skateboarder who was born without his right leg. The band talk about choosing the athlete for the promo: “When we heard about Clement Zannini, we felt that he perfectly embodied the spirit of the song; facing your fears and tackling them head on. We were thrilled that he agreed to star in the video and show off his awesome skills.”

I’ve never been one for adventure sports, but I have to admit it’s pretty thrilling to come along for a camera’s view of Vannini’s sweet moves. Watch the video for ‘Annabel’ below. Stay tuned for ‘Islands’ to debut on the 18th of May on Infectious. Ash will be appearing at Live at Leeds on Saturday; read my best bets posts through here; they’ll also be on tour in September in America and October in the UK. For all of our past coverage of Ash on TGTF, come through.


Live Review: Ash with Avery at Rips Bar, Phoenix, AZ – 24th September 2016

By on Tuesday, 27th September 2016 at 2:00 pm

Veteran Northern Irish rock band Ash are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album ‘1977’ with a live tour, on which they’re playing the album in its entirety, along with a few more recent favourites. On the North American leg of the tour, they’re visiting a mix of small and mid-sized venues, but surely one of the smallest on the list was Rips Bar in Phoenix. Rips is a stand-alone club tucked into a residential area just northwest of downtown Phoenix, away from the hustle and bustle of other Phoenix venues and with an extremely relaxed vibe that seemed to suit Ash perfectly.

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Ash’s three band members went largely unnoticed by the bar patrons as they set up on the indoor stage at Rips. Meanwhile, the small crowd in the venue were treated to the opening act on the outdoor patio. Local folk-rock band Avery were just getting started when I found my way outside, and they came as a pleasant surprise ahead of Ash’s unabashed punk rock stylings. Avery’s lineup features singer/songwriter Mariah DeRaet on lead vocals, her smoky timbre uniquely accompanied by cellist Allison Galbreath at the front of the tiny stage on this night. The cello adds a deep sense of yearning to Avery’s lovelorn lyrics, as you can hear in their single ‘Hospital Call’ just below.


Back inside the bar, Ash were nearly ready get back to ‘1977’. Or, more precisely, back to 1996, when the album was actually released. I was buried in my own classical music studies at university in 1996, and thus I missed out on the album the first time around. But anyone with even a passing interest in UK or Northern Irish bands will have heard of Ash, and editor Mary assured me that they were not to be missed live, so naturally my interest was piqued. Unfamiliar with the songs on ‘1977’, I had assumed that the title referred to songwriter Tim Wheeler’s birth year (also, coincidentally, my own). But in the course of doing some pre-gig homework, I discovered that it also paid homage to the release date of the movie ‘Star Wars’. which is referenced in the album’s opening and closing tracks, while other bits of 1970s pop culture are mixed into the middle.


The audience, though still small, had grown a bit while I was outside listening to Avery. I hadn’t expected to see many longtime fans of the Northern Irish indie rockers at this gig, but there were, in fact, a handful of dedicated Ash fans milling about wearing the band’s t-shirts. There was no need to crowd the stage in a venue as small as this one, but we did all creep a bit closer as frontman Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray tore into ‘1977’ opening track ‘Lose Control’. They hit their stride early on, even with the more pensive tones of ‘Goldfinger’ and moreso in the higher energy of ‘Girl from Mars’, and it must be said here that McMurray certainly got his workout in during this set, pounding relentless rhythms throughout.

The sound quality inside Rips was surprisingly good, given the small size of the venue, and mid-album tracks ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Oh Yeah’, were especially energetic. Despite the almost complete absence of between-songs chat, or perhaps because of it, the band’s momentum from those tracks carried through to the end of the ‘1977’ set, which Wheeler announced as the final album track ‘Darkside Lightside’.

A true encore might have been overkill in this tiny venue, but luckily Ash had more to offer. Following the ‘1977’ sequence, Wheeler paused again to introduce the band’s debut single ‘Jack Names the Planets’ before the band added a few newer songs to round off the set. One enthusiastic punter squealed out for a song called ‘Default’, and Wheeler seemed puzzled for a moment, until he realised that she meant ‘Dispatch’, from Ash’s most recent album ‘Kablammo!’, which came out last summer. This would have been a more familiar song for me as well, but alas, the band weren’t prepared to play it, opting instead for another new track, ‘Let’s Ride’ before closing with ‘Burn Baby Burn’ from 2001 album ‘Free All Angels’.


They may not have had a large number of fans in attendance in Phoenix last weekend, but Ash most certainly won a new fan in me with their combination of punk energy, deft melodicism, and engaging stage presence. If you’re like me and ‘Kablammo!’ was your first real exposure to Ash, I strongly recommend browsing through their back catalogue for the gems you might have missed.

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Ash will continue the North American leg of their ‘1977 – 20th Anniversary Tour’ with larger shows in cities including Chicago, Washington, DC and New York through the start of October. They will bring the tour to the UK in November and December; those live dates are listed just below. A full listing of Ash’s worldwide tour dates can be found on their official Web site. TGTF’s previous coverage of Ash is right back here.

Thursday 10th November 2016 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Friday 11th November 2016 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Thursday 1st December 2016 – Gloucester Guildhall
Saturday 10th December 2016 – London Roundhouse
Sunday 11th December 2016 – Manchester Ritz
Monday 12th December 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 14th December 2016 – Aberdeen Garage
Thursday 15th December 2016 – Glasgow Garage


Video of the Moment #1924: Ash

By on Saturday, 26th September 2015 at 10:00 am

Northern Irish rock trio Ash returned this past May with latest album ‘Kablammo!’, the seventh in their ever increasing back catalogue. Today’s video of the moment is for album track ‘Machinery’, and it looks like the band got into some shenanigans at a Tokyo karaoke bar while filming this. A lighter touch than in their harder edged days, ‘Machinery’ is a nice piece of pop. Watch the video below.

‘Kablammo!’ is out now. Ash will be on tour in the UK and Ireland in December. All past coverage of Ash on TGTF is this way.



Ash / December 2015 UK/Irish Tour

By on Wednesday, 5th August 2015 at 8:00 am

Northern Irish indie rock veterans Ash have just announced a December tour of the UK and Ireland, following the May release of their new album ‘Kablammo!’ and their recent run of live dates back in June.  The December tour dates will be preceded by appearances at Reading and Leeds at the end of this month, as well as the release of a new single called ‘Machinery’ on the 9th of October.  Ash frontman Tim Wheeler describes the new track as “probably the most indie pop tune on the record” and says it’s “essentially a song about someone in modern times trying to find a real connection”.

You can connect with tickets for the following shows starting on Friday the 7th of August.  Our extensive previous coverage of Ash, going all the way back to 2007 (!) can be found right back here.

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – Bristol Bierkeller
Thursday 3rd December 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Saturday 5th December 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Sunday 6th December 2015 – Glasgow ABC
Tuesday 8th December 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Wednesday 9th December 2015 – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Thursday 10th December 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 12th December 2015 – Norwich Waterfront
Sunday 13th December 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Monday 14th December 2015 – Cardiff Y Plas Cardiff University
Tuesday 15th December 2015 – Dublin Olympia


Ash / June 2015 UK/Irish Tour

By on Thursday, 19th February 2015 at 9:00 am

Ash have been hard at work in the studio putting the finishing touches on a new album for this year, and they’ve announced they’ll be releasing ‘Kablammo!’ very soon. In the meantime though, they’ve revealed the first single from the LP, ‘Cocoon’, which you can listen to below, as well as a short UK/Irish tour for June. They’ll also be appearing at Wakefield’s Long Division Festival and the Isle of Wight that month as well. Tickets to the individual gigs go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 20th of February, at 9 AM.

Pre-order ‘Kablammo!’ on Ash’s PledgeMusic page; check out TGTF’s past coverage on the Northern Irish legends this way.

Sunday 7th June 2015 – Dublin Whelans
Monday 8th June 2015 – Belfast Limelight
Tuesday 9th June 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Friday 12th June 2015 – Manchester Sound Control
Saturday 13th June 2015 – Wakefield Long Division Festival
Sunday 14th June 2015 – Isle of Wight Festival



Video of the Moment #1671: Tim Wheeler

By on Saturday, 8th November 2014 at 10:00 am

Often when songwriters address subject matter that is deeply personal to them, the language in their lyrics becomes either overly metaphorical or cryptically vague. Not so in the case of Tim Wheeler, whose debut solo album (outside his duties as frontman of Ash) deals with the loss of his father to dementia. The album, titled ‘Lost Domain’, is due out this Monday, the 10th of November, and will include the lyrically direct and emotionally poignant track ‘Vigil’, featured below.

Speaking of the album as a whole, Wheeler says, “After losing my father to dementia, I felt the need to personally do something to fight Alzheimer’s. My friend Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy’s father also has Alzheimer’s, so we put on a concert in Belfast in November 2011 with The Divine Comedy, The Undertones and Ash to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society. Since then I’ve had close links with The Alzheimer’s Society and this year was involved with the Dementia Friends campaign. I’m proud to continue to support them and raise more awareness with the album ‘Lost Domain’”. Wheeler just finished playing a short list of live dates in support of the new album.



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