Ash at the Academy Dublin
THE ACADEMY, DUBLIN – 19TH DECEMBER 2018
TICKETS €27 INCLUSIVE ON SALE THIS FRIDAY AT 9AM VIA TICKETMASTER
Islands is the new album by Northern Irish rock group Ash. The trio’s seventh studio collection, out now on Infectious Music, it’s an open-hearted set of songs dealing with love and loss, friendship and betrayal, identity, salvation, redemption and rebirth… all the important stuff. Pound-for-pound, it’s also the strongest, most exhilarating long player of Ash’s storied 26-year career, an album which reaffirms the trio’s status as one of the most idiosyncratic and singularly thrilling guitar bands on these islands.
The title of the band’s new album alludes to the unique environments in which its constituent songs were birthed. In the spring of 2016, following a whirlwind Japanese tour to close out the touring cycle for 2015’s Kablammo! album, Ash frontman Tim Wheeler undertook a visit to the picturesque island of Naoshima, renowned worldwide for its modern art installations, architecture and sculptures. Wheeler found the island’s tranquil, meditative atmosphere conducive to both reflection and creativity, and as he immersed himself in his craft, new song ideas began to ferment and flow.
Islands is a cathartic collection for the singer, inspired, says Wheeler, “by me trying to get my head around a break-up that didn’t make any sense to me.” Self-produced, and recorded at the band’s own Atomic Heart Studio, where every Ash release since Twilight Of The Innocents has been committed to tape, the album cycles through the full Kübler-Ross grief model - denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – with Wheeler laying bare his emotions in unflinching detail.
“We’ve had two number one albums and 18 Top 40 singles,” reflects Wheeler, “so when we were making this record, part of the thinking was, is this song strong enough to knock one of the big hits out of our live set? With Islands, I think we’ve given ourselves a nice problem, because these are some of the best songs we’ve ever written. We’re excited to be back…”
Tickets for Ash go on sale this Friday at 9am
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