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… and we’re all the better for it.
With their last major project, The A- Z Series, the band released 26 singles at the rate of one every two weeks, and at the same time said they would not release any more full albums. Flash forward a couple years and Kablammo! a new album has surfaced.
Not just a sound effect, that’s the title of the album that was first crowdfunded on PledgeMusic, then released physically on earMusic. Ash bassist Mark Hamilton seemed happy to be back to doing albums, saying the resurgence of vinyl and people streaming more than just a song, has helped return their faith to the long-playing format. As a result, the band has embarked on another US/UK tour, reclaiming old fans and gaining new ones along the way.
“The next one is from an album in 1996… confusing called 1977” Wheeler said, intro-ing ‘Goldfinger’, one of 18 of their singles that went Top 40 in the UK charts. Their “incredible light show” was debuted during 1996’s ‘Kung Fu’, a cheeky comment on the low budget effects that the intimate venue could best provide.
Encore ‘Burn Baby Burn’ effectively drowned out the three-band hard rock show going on elsewhere in the club and the band was generous enough to stick around after, to meet and greet the loyal fan base. So, a toast and welcome back to Ash- to their return of making albums again, to their noisy-good live shows, and for being the good guys to get to know, that they are.
Ash at Nether Bar, Minneapolis (30 Sept 2015)