Close on the heels of their acclaimed new UK Top 20 album release ‘Islands’ – out now via Infectious and featuring 6Music play-listed singles ‘Buzzkill’ and ‘Annabel’ – Ash is today sharing live footage from their performance over the weekend at the BBC Biggest Weekend Festival in Belfast. The band were joined for part of their set by The Undertones’ Damien O’Neill and Mickey Bradley – who contribute backing vocals on ‘Islands’ – for performances of ‘Buzzkill’ and Undertones’ classic ‘Teenage Kicks’.
Islands – Ash’s first album since 2015’s Kablammo! – marks their debut for new label Infectious Music – previously home to the band’s number one albums, 1996’s 1977 and Free All Angels in 2001. 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.
Watch ‘Buzzkill’ – BELOW:
Following 2015’s Kablammo after the band’s self-imposed album hiatus since 2007’s Twilight Of The Innocents – Islands is an open-hearted collection of songs drawn from frontman Tim Wheeler’s reflective lyrical axis dealing with friendship and betrayal, love and loss, an album which reaffirms the band’s status as one of the most idiosyncratic and singularly thrilling guitar bands on these islands.
Watch ‘Teenage Kicks’ – BELOW:
The band’s full live itinerary follows – tickets for shows can be purchased via the band’s website
30th BROOKLYN, NY Baby’s All Right
10th CORNWALL Boardmasters
11th LISTOWEL Revival Festival
17th CHELMSFORD Rize Festival
18th DURHAM Hardwick Live Festival
1st DALKEITH Midstock Festival
15th BOSTON, MA Brighton’s Music Hall
17th TORONTO, ON The Velvet Underground
19th CHICAGO, IL Schubas
21st LOS ANGELES, CA The Echo
22nd SAN FRANCISCO, CA Brick & Mortar
16th SHEFFIELD Leadmill
17th GLASGOW O2 ABC
19th BRISTOL SWX
20th BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
21st NORWICH Waterfront
23rd MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
24th LONDON O2 Forum