Almost 3 years since the release of their last album, Kablammo!. Ash have announced the release of their seventh album, Islands, which will be released on the 18th May and see’s Ash back with the Infectious Music label.

As well as announcing their return to Infectious Music, which was the label that ASH released their  number one albums, 1996’s 1977 and Free All Angels in 2001. Ash have also unveiled new track Buzzkill and confirmed their appearance at BBC’s Biggest Weekend festival in Belfast.

Twenty-five years on from their emergence as teenagers on Belfast’s DIY scene Ash have returned with another irrepressible track that more than holds its own in what is a seemingly already over-stocked catalogue of hits.

Written by the band’s singer/ guitarist Tim Wheeler, Buzzkill is a dizzying slice of upbeat pop nous coupled with The Undertones’ Damien O’Neill and Mickey Bradley guesting on backing vocals – another wave of typical Ash ebullience that is sure to strike a chord with fans, young and old.

Talking about Buzzkill, Wheeler explains its origins:” The day I wrote Buzzkill, it took me a while to stop laughing cos it’s so fun, dumb and full of unnecessary swearing. We used to know a band called Buzzkill in Belfast in the 90s and I think their name has been in my mind for all that time wanting to get into a song. Having seen The Undertones playing a couple of times recently I was guiltily thinking how much the backing vocals I’d written for Buzzkill were mimicking their style. So I thought it would only be right to ask Damien (O’Neill) and Mickey (Bradley)  to sing on it and we were honoured when  that they said yes, despite all the filthy cussing. It’s a fun song and will hopefully ignite a few mosh-pits for us this year.”

Produced by Tim Wheeler, Islands is the band’s seventh studio album with additional production from Mark Hamilton, Rick McMurray and Claudius Mittendorfer – who also mixed the album at the band’s studio in New York.

Islands is released on CD, LP, Ltd LP (silver vinyl), cassette and digitally.

Following the recent news of their forthcoming album Islands on May 18th, Irish three-piece ASH are pleased to announce details of some live shows in the Autumn.

Already confirmed for several festival appearances over the early summer months, ASH’s autumnal live outing will see them visit the following cities culminating in a show at London’s The Forum.

Fans can gain access to exclusive pre-sale tickets with special ticket bundles via the band’s store at 09.00 on Friday 2nd March and go on general sale at 09.00 on Monday 5th March

Fans can gain access to exclusive pre-sale tickets with special ticket bundles via the band’s official store. Pre sale access will be available from 09.00 on Friday 2nd March and go on general sale at 09.00 on Monday 5th March

October

16 Sheffield – Leadmill
17 Glasgow –  02 ABC
19 Bristol – SWX
20 Birmingham – 02 Institute
21 Norwich – Waterfront
23 Manchester – 02 Ritz
24 London – 02 The Forum

 

ASH also appear at the following festivals in

05 Leeds Live at Leeds Festival
06 Dorset Teddy Rocks Festival
26 Belfast BBC Music Biggest Weekend

 

Tim Wheeler of Ash (Kalpesh Patel)

 

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