Ash will release new album 'Islands' on May 18, via Infectious Music (a return to the label home through which they previously released #1 albums '1977' and 'Free All Angels'), ahead of an appearance on home turf as part of the Belfast Biggest Weekend line-up on May 26.
Check out new single 'Buzzkill' here which features The Undertones' Damien O'Neill and Mickey Bradley on backing vocals.
Speaking about the track, Ash's singer/guitarist Tim Wheeler says; "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 and Mickey 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.”
This is their first album since 2015’s Kablammo! And 25 years on from their emergence as teenagers on Belfast’s DIY scene.
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, the full track-listing is:
Confessions In The Pool
All That I Have Left
Don’t Need Your Love
Did Your Love Burn Out?
It’s A Trap
Is It True?
Islands is released on May 18th via Infectious Music on CD, LP, Ltd LP (silver vinyl), cassette and digitally.
The band will be confirming a run of lives dates imminently, meanwhile they will be appearing as follows:
05.05.18 LEEDS Live At Leeds festival purchase tkts here
26. 05.18 BELFAST BBC Biggest Weekend festival