Ash

Ash

Reputante

Mon, November 19, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Johnny Brenda's

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

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Ash
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What do you do when you've won? At the end of 2002, Ash faced that exact dilemma. After kung-fu fighting their way to the top with '1977' briefly losing the plot with 'Nu-Clear Sounds' and staging a heroic pop fightback with 'Free All Angels', they found themselves as champions of the world.

"The whole climate that 'Free All Angels' was made in was so poppy, it was almost like you had to compete with a lot 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." To set about doing it, Tim, Mark, Rick and Charlotte realised a long-standing dream of making an album in California. "I always think American records sound better sonically," laughs Tim. "They always seem to have better engineering, better studios, so we wanted to check it out first hand."

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.

The album that emerged isn't called 'Meltdown' for nothing. It takes all the pop thrills, kinetic melodies, slamdunking riffs that made the world love Ash, then douses them in petrol and drops in a match. After the fireworks, out come 11 white-hot slabs of pure rock power. From the butane rush of forthcoming single 'Orpheus' to the skyscraping peaks of 'Evil Eye' and the fierce-yet-beautiful love 'Starcrossed' this is Ash at their melodic best with a ton of new engines strapped on for extra power. Like a rocket pack fuelled by plutonium. Or, you might say, exactly the kind of music that four youthful twentysomething rock fans should be making after a decade in action.
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Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/