Legendary Downpatrick outfit Ash have just announced a show at Whelan’s on Monday, June 6th
Ash are an alternative rock band that formed in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland in 1992. The media originally pegged Ash’s music as britpop when the band first found mainstream success.
Ash’s full-length debut “1977” was released in 1996 and followed 1994’s mini album “Trailer”. Named after the year they were all born (and in honour of the year Star Wars was released), “1977” displayed Wheeler and Hamilton’s full-fledged love for all things extra-terrestrial and science fiction-related. In autumn 1997, guitarist Charlotte Hatherley was added to the existing trio. Hatherley was recruited from the band Nightnurse.
The new quartet’s sophomore effort – “Nu-Clear Sounds” was released in 1998. “Free All Angels” followed in April 2001, gaining a U.S. release in the following summer.
Meltdown, the band’s first Stateside release for Record Collection, arrived in spring 2005. A year later, and after nine years with Ash, Charlotte Hatherley announced her departure from the band to concentrate on a fledgling solo career.
In 2007 the remaining trio (and original line-up) released their final album “Twilight Of The Innocents” preferring now to only release singles in a completely original move.
In 2009 The band announced the ‘A-Z Series’: 26 singles in one year, a single for each letter of the alphabet, one release every fortnight. The first taster was free download “Return of the White Rabbit” and the press loved it; a refreshing electro take on the unstoppable Ash formula, it proved the ambitious new release schedule has revitalized the band.