21st December 2004 - U.S. Meltdown Release Tracklisting / Ash and Chaz on xfm
As previously reported Ash's latest album, Meltdown, will be released in the U.S. on the Record Collection label, on 8th March 2005. It will have the same tracks and running order as the UK release, plus 5 extra tracks which will be listed after Vampire Love. Full listing here. (For UK fans the extra tracks are all the Meltdown chart singles, Orpheus, Starcrossed and RC, b-sides other than Tinseltown)
Though Ash including most of the UK b-sides on the US album release, does mean it seems unlikely that there'll be a US single release.
Both Ash and Charlotte solo on Xfm X-Posure Live Sessions. Tune in from 21:00 as Claire Sturgess plays out an exclusive session recorded live in the Xfm studios on every show Monday - Thursday 21:00-23:00 + 23:00-01:00. For more info on which acts appear on which days, go to:
December 23 Best Of 2004: Charlotte Hatherley
December 28: Live Hour Special featuring: Ash, Keane, Jet, Snow Patrol
Also also added some more b-side lyrics, thanks to Alison Hamilton. Oh and Ash finish for Christmas tonight, with their last support show in Germany... Merry Christmas everyone!
17th December 2004 - I Wish It Could Be Xmas Everyday
You can download the fully mixed (not the other studio performance version which has been going round the net) of Ash covering 'I Wish It Could Be Xmas Everyday' here. It costs 99p from credit/debit cards or £1.50 from your mobile, but its for a good cause as all the money goes to War Child!
Also the tabs section has been given a make over.
15th December 2004 - Xfm Nominations
Starcrossed has been nominated as Best Xfm Promo Video 2004, you can vote www.xfm.co.uk. And Charlotte Hatherley's solo session has been nominated of Best Xfm Studio Session 2004. To see all nominations and vote, visit here.
14th December 2004 - Vote for Meltdown / Bastardo Release Date
Click on this link to vote for Meltdown in xfm's album of the year poll.
The latest release details for Charlotte's third solo single, Bastardo, is that it'll be released on Valentine's day 2005. Chaz's section.
12th December 2004 - #33 / Tabs
Renegade Cavalcade charts at number 33 in the UK singles chart.
Loads of classic b-side tabs have been added to the Tabs section, thanks to Chad Peck.
9th December 2004 - Bastardo
Charlotte will be releasing her third solo single, Bastardo, in February 2005. Full details are in the Charlotte section.
Also Girl from Mars is number 37 on MTV2's top singles chart, dunno whether that's old or new, probably old, but it was on telly today.
8th December 2004 - Mark and Rick Interviewed
Mark and Rick have been interviewed about touring, new material and the U.S at www.gigwise.com.
7th December 2004 - Tim talks to xfm / RC so far / Tim - Band Aid / New Tabs
Tim talks to xfm about Meltdown in the U.S., the supergroup with Justin Hawkins and Har Mar and the NEXT ALBUM:
"I’ve been writing a bunch of songs on tour and it’s sounding really good," Wheeler enthused, "It’s really strong material and I’m looking forward to having some time to work on them. I don’t know what style it’s going to take yet, but maybe it’ll go back to more of a songwriting thing rather than the emphasis on the band."
Meltdown will be released in the U.S. on the label 'Record Collection' on 8th March 2005, further details. Though this date is likely to change. The release will be like that of the U.S. FAA, extra 'exclusive' tracks (probably UK b-sides) and extra dvd footage (probably mainly UK single videos).
Renegade Cavalcade is in at no 27 so far (915 copies sold in total - [cd sold 305, 7" sold 341, dvd sold 269]) so go buy! I have also added Tim explanation of why b-side Shockwave is so similar to Orpheus b-side Tinsletown to the ash facts section.
For those that didnt see the program on the making of the new Band Aid 20 single last night, it appears that Tim is singing on the group chorus and playing tambourine. I also think hes probably not in the main group pic, coz he may of been late coz the band were in Europe as he didnt appear to be in the studio at that point.
Also here is the tab for Renegade Cavalcade b-side We Don't Care, thanks to Stu Bunce. And the tab for the b-side to Ash's first ever single Jack Names the Planets, here is the tab for Don't Know, thanks to Sam Hilton.
6th December 2004 - At the Stars We're Streaming!
Finally Renegade Cavalcade has been released, out today, available on three formats, £1.99 2 track CD, £2.99 4 track DVD and limited edition 7". Further release details here.
Before the Kerrang ASHtoria gig last night, Tim also played XFM’s WINTER WONDERLAND at the Hammersmith Apollo, which also featured appearances from The BabyShambles (before they were ejected), The Departure, The Zutons, Kasabian, Razorlight and Embrace. With all proceeds have been donated to the homeless charity Shelter.
ASHtoria SETLIST: Meltdown, GFM, Cherry Bomb, Evil Eye, Clones, Shining Light, RC, Detonator, Oh Yeah, Starcrossed, Kung Fu, Vampire Love, ALLO, Walking Barefoot, Orpheus, ENCORE: Goldfinger, bit of Teenage Kicks, Boys Are Back in Town, BBB.
2nd December 2004 - Ash in Japan 2005
Ash have confirmed some Japanese Tour Dates for 2005:
17/01/05 Tokyo, Shibuya-AX
20/01/05 Nagoya, Club Quattro
21/01/05 Osaka, Namba Hatch
23/01/05 Hiroshima, Club Quattro
24/01/05 Fukuoka, Drum Logos
Starcrossed is being released there around that time and then there might be some other Asian dates and possibly Oz then onto the US (maybe for the rest of the year).
1st December 2004 - Vote for RC on MTV2
"To help Ash in their quest for world domination..... and basically to make sure you get a chance to catch the brilliant new video for 'Renegade Cavalacade' on MTV2, make sure you get voting!"
23rd November 2004 - Mark interviewed Naked
Well Mark isnt naked, but the interviewer is. www.naked2u.com and you don't need to subscribe to see most of the interview, just press play.
22nd November 2004 - RC Video and Ash on Radio 1
You can watch the new video for RC here.
Also Radio 1 is coming from Belfast on tuesday 23rd and wednesday 24th and Tim and Charlotte will be performing RC plus another track acoustically for them (i think it said on friday that ash will be on on weds). Anyway you can go to the radio 1 site and vote for which track you wanna hear, ALLO is winning at the mo.
RC Release Details:
1. Renegade Cavalcade (Audio)
2. Renegade Cavalcade (Video)
3. Jesus Says (Video - previously unavailable on DVD)
4. Renegade Cavalcade (Unseen video clip)
1. Renegade Cavalcade
2. We Don’t Care
And I think the 7" Vinyl is RC and Shockwave.
17th November 2004 - Renegade Cavalade
The new video has been aired on music channels, rumour has it that its very similar to other Meltdown single videos, with just a performance, though this could be down to apparently the video was filmed on one free day before a gig so there may not have been much time for it.
It's also rumoured that 'We Don't Care' maybe one of the CD b-sides and 'Shockwave' on the 7" Vinyl.
16th November 2004 - Tim Band Aid, RC Artwork and Warner Changes
Dispute not being in the pictures which have been floating around in most national papers, Tim has been involved in the re-recording of the Band Aid Xmas single. I think just a guitar though as he's not listed as singing, Here's a picture with Tim in (bottom row, far right).
Here is the artwork for the further coming single Renegade Cavalcade.
Also heres some music industry news which will affect ash, relates to changes at Warner. Hopefully should mean more promotion and investment.
16th November 2004 - Warner Changes
Marshall to head Warner's UK label
Tuesday November 16, 2004
The music executive who discovered The Darkness has been appointed head of the Warner Brothers UK record label as Warner Music seeks a higher profile in the British market.
Korda Marshall, ranked above Simon Cowell and Mick Jagger in a recent survey of the top 100 most influential people in the music industry, will become managing director of the label behind The Streets.
Warner Music's UK operation is split into two labels: Atlantic Records and Warner Brothers. The world's fourth largest record group is also increasing its investment in signing up new UK artists.
Warner Music was sold by Time Warner to a consortium earlier this year for $2.6bn (£1.4bn).
"The first task is to found and build a contemporary, dynamic A&R [artist development] department, which we have not had for the last six to nine months. Second, we want to find and acquire some great new talent and artists going forward," Mr Marshall said.
The first new signings to the Warner Brothers UK label will be internal transfers from Atlantic Records: Muse, Ash and Garbage. Mr Marshall ran the UK arm of Atlantic Records before switching to its sister subsidiary yesterday. The Darkness has been one of the most successful UK acts in recent years, selling 1.4m copies of its debut album in the UK and 3.5m worldwide.
Admitting that the industry had endured some "tremendously bad PR" over the past few years, Mr Marshall said the UK record industry was ready to rebound. UK record sales rose 0.1% last year to $3.2bn, amid a global market that fell 7.6%. Mr Marshall's replacement at Atlantic Records will be Max Lousada, another Warner Music executive.
11th November 2004 - Top 100 Greatest Irish Albums
Hot Press have just compiled a Top 100 Greatest Irish Album list as voted
for by Irish artists. Ash made the Top 20. For full details of who made the list, check out the latest issue of Hot Press available in shops now.
Hot press are currently developing a new Top 100 Greatest Irish Album Chart, this time voted for by the general public. You can vote for ash, or anyone else you wish at hotpress.
8th November 2004 - RC and Return to the ASHtoria
The release date for Renegade Cavalcade has changed again to December 6th and Ash have confirmed to be playing a gig at the London Ashtoria on 5th December.
26th October 2004 - RIP John Peel
Legendary and much loved Radio 1 DJ John Peel has died aged 65, he suffered a heart attack while on holiday in Peru. BBC News. He'll be greatly missed, and there is no doubt he helped in Ash's success, with the band playing some legendary sessions on his show. "Now that's punk rock." - 6th June 2001. R.I.P.
Ash's - 'Renegade Cavalcade' has been chosen as one of this week's Xfm Music:
Response tasters. To vote for Ash as one of your favourite Tasters from this
week's selection, use the link below: www.xfm.co.uk. Listen to Music: Response every Monday - Thursday to hear the day's Top 7 Tasters at 7pm with the new Music: Response chart going out every Friday from 7pm.
22nd October 2004 - B-side Tabs / Ash Museum Material
Tabs for Sometimes b-side (and U.S. FAA extra) So The Story Goes and Starcrossed b-side Solace, both thanks to Mike Laverick.
ASH are amongst artist such as U2, ELVIS COSTELLO, DAVID HOLMES, IGGY POP and THE UNDERTONES who feature in a photo exhibition which opened in BELFAST on Oct 20th.
'Shot By Both Sides' is billed a collection of images that define the ongoing spirit of alternative Ulster and feature big name stars alongside a succession of local bands from the last four decades. More details on nme.com.
12th October 2004 - More Ms Hatherley
If all goes to plan Charlotte will be releasing her second 'proper' solo single 'Bastardo', taken from her solo album 'Grey Will Fade' in January next year. The lyrics for all the tracks off 'Grey Will Fade' are now available on Chaz's site.
11th October 2004 - No we can't be tamed
Ash have moved the released date of Renegade Cavalcade again, to Monday 29th November, to concide with their UK tour dates in support of The Darkness.
4th October 2004 - Tav pulls RC video!
Tav (ash's manager): "some of you will be pleased to know that i have pulled the video. we were all on holiday and the record company made it in our absence.
none of us like it (especially me)......but we'll probably let you have it as an extra on the dvd single.
R.C. release date has now gone back to november 15th"
1st October 2004 - Renegade Cavalcade Video
You can watch the video for RC here, how the bbc described the video: A teen Elephant Man sulks through the decaying mean streets hiding from prying eyes. It's about alienation you see. Nice twist at the end, but it's so grim, The Streets' grim-meister Mike Skinner might say: "Mmm...Too grim for me Ash."
29th September 2004 - News songs - maybe RC b-sides
Tim: "we just recorded 2 new songs a couple of weeks ago in olympic studios.
'we don't care': ash go glam rock (early 70's style). i wrote it with mik from 'the republic of loose'. it's the closest we'll ever get to a football anthem. it features sweet gang vocals from mayor goldie wilson, christine paltrow, coco sherlock, mufflo, the proboscis and a few other notables.
'ghosts': a spectral mellow tune. nothing like s club 7."
27th September 2004 - Renegade Cavalcade
The release date of Renegade Cavalcade has now been changed from October 18th to November 1st, though there is no news yet on what the b-sides might be or on the video.
9th September 2004 - New Acoustic Album
Mark has been talking to xfm (full story including about touring with The Darkness) and Ash maybe going back into the studio in February to record an acoustic album!
"We actually are thinking of going into the studio in February and recording again.” Hamilton admitted, “And we might do something like an acoustic album, just to have something out there next year while we’re out touring - and we’re probably gonna be touring around America all next year, from springtime through to the end of the year maybe - so we might just get that out to give the fans something to keep them interested and look at doing the next proper album maybe after the summer.
“We’ve got a load of songs that we haven’t recorded, which is more acoustic-y stuff, that wouldn’t have fit on ‘Meltdown’ as we tried to keep that a more rocking album. But we might do that just to get them out there. Just one for the fans.”
6th September 2004 - White Slave / Chaz Solo Dates / Maximum Ash
According to reports on xfm.co.uk Tim is planning to form a 'supergroup' will Justin Hawkins of The Darkness and Har Mar Superstar, to be called White Slave.
I've added all of Charlotte's solo dates to the tour dates section, which formally just had ash autumn/winter details.
And finally there's a new unofficial ash interview disc, called 'maximum ash' out now. I got it in hmv for 6.99 the other day, dunno whether its any good as i havent listened yet.
Its copyright 2004, even though its got a ncs era pic on the cover and there's a free mini poster... and when they say mini, they mean mini.
2nd September 2004 - Chaz Solo tour / Kerrang Awards / Reading War
Some details of a Chaz mini tour, there is nothing officially announced yet, but on ticket websites:
Glasgow King Tuts - 21/09/2004
Manchester Uni - 22/09/2004 - www.gigsandtours.com
Leadmill Sheffield - 23/09/2004 - www.ticketweb.co.uk
More details soon I guess...
Ash won the 'Classic Songwriter' award at the Kerrang awards, think this was a special surprise award for them as there were no nominations.
Rick injuried his hand at Reading (before their set, but played on anyway) as a result of Mark fighting with the Hives details in the news section.
2nd September 2004 - Reading: Darth vs Hives - Rick injury.
"Tim Wheeler takes to the stage with a flaming guitar. Their Punchestown set was literally awash with rain, but tonight they have a dry run at songs like ‘Orpheus’, ‘Girl From Mars’, ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ and ‘Clones’, zig-zagging across the catalogue, making a case for the new album. Rick McMurray has a broken hand – the result of a table-throwing incident with the Hives at another messy festival, but he’s still blattering the snare. ‘Oh Yeah’ is the feel-good hit for the end of the summer and Tim is comfortably home after ‘Burn Baby Burn’."
Helen (Rick's mrs):
"His hand is OK, and it's improving quickly. He had a bruised finger that was very sore and wouldn't bend properly.
It was the result of an incident when one of the Hives was defending himself against the combined onslaught of dmh and a fire extinguisher. He chucked a chair in the general Ash direction and it hit Rick's hand.
Didn't stop Rick from performing though.
I think it's the curse of Reading. If you remember, last time he ended up having to play with cracked ribs!" (2002 after the Bus crash)
26th August 2004 - XFM Chaz
Charlotte in session playing Summer, Bastardo and Kim Wilde.
25th August 2004 - Grey Will Fade # 51 and Kerrang Awards.
Forgot about this till today, Charlotte's solo album 'Grey Will Fade' got to number 51 in the UK album charts on sunday. What Charlotte said:
"The album went in at number 51, not too shabby. I think the album's gonna be a creeper, gonna slime it's way up the charts into the top 40 like a sneaky snail."
And I think ash are going to the Kerrang awards tonight... They are up for two awards: Best British Band (along with the Darkness and Muse) and Best Single (Orpheus).
24th August 2004 - Orpheus used in Game.
Meltdown track Orpheus is being used on the soundtrack for new Electronic Arts game 'Burnout 3: Takedown'.
23rd August 2004 - Tour / Next Single / The U.S.
Ash are supporting The Darkness on their Nov/Dec UK Arena tour, dates:
Nottingham Arena (November 24)
Glasgow SECC Arena (26)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (29)
Manchester MEN Arena (December 1)
Sheffield Hallam FM Arena (4)
Cardiff Arena (6)
Birmingham NEC Arena (7)
London Wembley Arena (10)
Tickets go on sale tomorrow to The Darkness mailing list members and on general sale on Wednesday.
Also it has been confirmed that ash's next single will be Renegade Cavalcade, and it will be released on Monday 18th October, on CD, DVD and 7".
Also ash are currently sorting out a new record deal in the US, as Kinetic went bankrupt in March, and plan to head back there for more touring early next year.
So as ash are playing mainland europe dates in oct/nov, then supporting the darkness nov/dec, hopefully there'll be an ash UK and Ireland tour proper dec/jan/feb, before they head back to the U.S. promoting Meltdown as Tim said they would in 'early 2005'.
20th August 2004 - Oxfam Album
Ash have donated a track to Oxfam's download album in aid of the crisis in Sudan. The album, called 'Songs For Sudan' which will only be available from www.bignoisemusic.com will be released on Tuesday 31st August and will feature the Ash track 'Starcrossed' (unplugged for FM4 in Vienna).
18th August 2004 - European Tour Dates
Dates for Ash's tour across main land Europe in October and November 2004 are here.
16th August 2004 - Grey Will Fade and Summer
Charlotte's solo album 'Grey Will Fade' is released today on Double Dragon Music and is available on CD and 12" vinyl.
Charlotte's first 'proper' single 'Summer' yesterday reached number 31 in the UK singles charts, which is really great.
13th August 2004 - Charlotte Interview
"Its inspired by the Beach Boys song 'In My Room', and its about a bedroom being a place of solace and recovery after a break-up before coming out feeling much better in the summertime."
12th August 2004 - Summer Video
The Xfm Online Video Jukebox where Charlotte struts her solo stuff in the video for 'Summer'.
10th August 2004 - Stay In Love Forever
Here is the tab for, Candy b-side and Cosmic Debri, Stay In Love Forever. Thanks to Freddie Li.
9th August 2004 - Summer
Charlotte's single 'Summer' is released today. Available as CD-digipak and signed limited edition 7". Both formats also include the previously unreleased tracks 'Commodore' and 'S.M.U.T' (£1.99 CD or Vinyl).
Also I forget to add this ages ago; 30 shiny new Ash photos all taken by me at the Oxegen festival in Naas, Co Kildare, on the 11th July. Taken by James Goulden located at www.aaaphotos.org. These are very good quality photos and are available to purchase as high quality prints.
5th August 2004 - Chaz and xfm news
You might not be able to get Charlotte's first 'proper' solo single Summer in all high street stores because the release has been put back to August 9th.
Starcrossed dropped to number 37 in the Uk singles chart over the weekend, if you still havent seen the video (go buy the DVD single) or watch at xfm's video jukebox. You can also go to the xfm site to bid in Lauren Laverne's and Xfm's Charity Auction featuring Ash.
29th July 2004 - At the stars we're screaming
It looks like as rumoured several months back, Renegade Calvacade will be the 3rd 'proper' release off Meltdown and the follow up to Starcrossed. And likely to be out the start of October, it had been thought that plans had changed and Evil Eye had been given the go ahead, but this appears not be the case.
28th July 2004 - Downpatrick gig on BBC and Chaz Tracks
There is an hour long ASH concert on BBC 1 Northern Ireland next Wed, 4th August 2004, at 11.35pm. It’s their hometown gig in Downpatrick, in April, almost 10 years to the day they got signed in the same venue.
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales you can access this on Sky Digital Channel 943 (BBC Northern Ireland). it is called ATL TV - ASH IN CONCERT.
You can listen to tracks 'Kim Wilde', 'Paragon', 'Summer', 'Bastardo' and 'Grey Will Fade', off of Charlotte's forthcoming solo album entitled Grey Will Fade, set for release on 16th August, at nme.com. More charlotte news.
27th July 2004 - #22
...Looking back, is that our dream was fated from the start...
Starcrossed only got to number 22 in the UK singles chart, which is their lowest singles chart position since Wild Surf in 1998 (1999's numbskull was a 6 track EP and limited edition and so wasn't chartable). Which is pretty disappointing, though have to see whether it's sold may Meltdowns, which is the mission.
But on a plus here's the link to Chad's ash equipment page www.ash-gear.com.
23rd July 2004 - Starcrossed
Has risen to number 16 in the charts and ash will be on totps tonight. The performance was pre-recorded in Syndey a few days ago.
21st July 2004 - Midweek singles chart
Starcrossed is at number 18. not great.
19th July 2004 - Starcrossed Released Today
Starcrossed, the second 'proper' single to be taken from Meltdown, is released today on CD (2 track £1.99), DVD (£2.99) and 7" (99p).
16th July 2004 - Further Meltdown singles
Rumour has it has Ash will be relasing Evil Eye as a single at the start of October, so as it has been early rumoured that RC is going to be a single after Starcrossed, it seems like it'll be out the end of August, maybe after their performance at Reading/Leeds, like Envy in 2002. Though at the same time there Evil Eye maybe the 3rd proper single (FAA Sometimes - July, Candy - October.... MD Starcrossed - July, EE - October) and to be honest this seems more likely.
Sadly this all points to the fact that Vampire Love won't be a single.
15th July 2004 - Charlotte Solo
An update to the Charlotte Solo section with news about 'Summer' and 'Grey Will Fade'.
You can watch Charlotte's first solo video 'Summer' at nme.com.
14th July 2004 - T in the Park
Yep Ash played T in the Park on Saturday (10th July), i asked to keep this secret as it was meant to be a surprise, but in the end it was on the T site, so kinda leaked. Anyway they were quality as per usual, the set was (can't quite remember the order):
Meltdown, GFM, Detonator, ALLO, Evil Eye, Clones, Crowd singing Happy Bday for Rick (29 - July 11th), Walking Barefoot, Oh Yeah, Shining Light, Starcrossed, RC, Kung Fu, Orpheus, BBB.
The surprise guest with Ash at Oxygen over the weekend was from Thin Lizzy's Brian Robertson, for the cover of The Boys Are Back In Town.
Oh and hi to Nicola Cunningham, who was apparently looking for me in the T ash crowd, hope you had a good one.
8th July 2004 - More Meltdown tabs
Loads more tabs for Meltdown tracks, big thanks to Mike Laverick for another outstanding display and Stu Bunce, as well as to Ric and Scottbut from the ash board.
5th July 2004 - CD:UK and new chords
Ash will be performing Starcrossed on CD:UK next Saturday.
Meltdown chords thanks a lot to Matthew Lee and Candy chords thanks a lot to Jason Driver.
17th June 2004 - Old Skool
Here is a copy of what is said to be the first ever Ash interview outside of Ireland. Well its of Mark and Tim who were doing their A levels at the time, Rick stayed at home coz he 'couldnt get time of uni' or something (he'd started his first year at Belfast), which for a first year is rubbish.
8th June 2004 - Orpheus and Evil Eye Chords
Correction to the Orpheus Chords thanks to Enrico Tancredi and Tom Stead and here are the Evil Eye Chords.
7th June 2004 - World Exclusive News
This is all exclusive news which Mark told me backstage at the Manchester gig on saturday...
This is completely exclusive: There will be a very special guest appearance on stage with ash when they play the oxygen festival this summer. Mark was very excited about this...
The b-sides for Starcross'd will be 'Cool It Down' and 'Solace'. There have been two verisons of Solace recorded, this b-side version and another which is being held back and maybe used on a future soundtrack.
Starcross'd will be released on CD, 7 inch vinyl and DVD. The DVD will have the video on, another ash video and maybe something else very special on, which will a world first... Star Wars related...
Both Starcross'd and Orpheus are currently on the radio 1 'A' list and the video is on all the channels like MTV2.
Ash will probably be releasing two further singles off Meltdown after Starcross'd, the third is likely to be Renegade Cavalcade, with the fourth maybe being Evil Eye, though there are thoughts towards Vampire Love now, as its proving to be very popular and a very cool video could be made.
...Follow up to Meltdown...
When a follow up album to Meltdown is recorded all depends upon the success of the album when it is released in the states.
If the album is a hit, then ash will tour the album for probably the best part of a year, i think was said, if not, the band will go straight back into the studio.
Mark said Slashed won't see the light of day until 2006, "which isn't that far away", this may have been jokinly. but they need to go back to America to finish some scenes, or they could be done in animation Kill Bill style.
When Slashed is finally slashed, we could also see the appearance of 'Teenage Wildlife' and the dvd of all the ash videos...
That is all for now.
Also Charlotte's solo single Kim Wilde is available for free download today from www.doubledragonmusic.com and www.charlottehatherley.com.
26th May 2004 - Later
Watch Later with Jools Holland this friday, i think at 11:35, to see Ash's performance of Orpheus, Starcross'd and RC.
24th May 2004 - Meltdown number 5!
What Mark said:
"Cheers to everyone who's already bought it. This is a good start to a long campaign. Internationally we're Number 7 in Japan which is great. 6 in Ireland. It comes out in Germany this week so fingers crossed."
Also Tav on the re-scheduling of the Leeds gig:
"As many of you may have heard, The Leeds show has had to be moved to June 15th. This is because of a last minute request from the tv show 'Later' for the band to perform 'Starcrossed', 'Orpheus' and 'Renegade Cavalcade'.
All tickets are valid for the re-scheduled show. Later broadcasts on BBC2, Friday nights at 11.35pm"
Looks like RC might be the 3rd single....
21st May 2004 - Today
Meltdown is currently number 5 in the albums chart, and ash will be doing a signing in Virgin megastore in Liverpool at 5pm today, which I'll be attending...
You can still book tickets for ash's Meltdown tour in May here.
19th May 2004 - Meltdown No.4 in Tuesday chart
Mark on Meltdown sales:
"4 is good, we sold 38,000 to get number one with FAA, last week Keane sold 162,000 and Streets over 80,000. The Moz is going balastic, so we never expected to be able to compete.
Meltdown will have a long campaign still to come. Starcrossed is one of the aces up our sleeve and album's can and do go up / re-enter high up the chart. We'll be well happy with Top 5."
17th May 2004 - MELTDOWN
Meltdown is released today! Here are the release details.
News from Mark on the release of Meltdown and the forth-coming Starcross'd video, in the news section.
And finally, news about Charlotte's first solo release 'Kim Wilde' which'll be available from 7th June.
Also Orpheus dropped to number 30 in the charts yesterday, which doesnt really matter as Ash always get most of their sales in the first week anyway.
17th May 2004
"Got back from Romania, the video's definately our most epic / grand yet. Strongly inspired by Romeo & Juliet, thousands of candles, blue neon crosses, real actors and shot widescreen. Should look very cinematic
(Tav has a cameo, though he's storming around demanding his own trailer now...)"
... Rising from the Flames...
"Big week for album's, we're up against new releases from;
The Moz, Gabrielle, The Charlatans, Alanis, and Huge sellers from last week by The Streets and Keane. What ever happens it's great to finally have the album in the public domain and we can't wait to get the tour go the road next week. We're still set to release 'Meltdown' in the States, hopefully by the Fall, Tav is in the process of contract discussions, more news when it's official.
Hopefully see alot of you's on over the week on the instore signings. See news on the site for details.
Fuck, it's weird seeing it on the shelves after a few years in the making....
... Meltdown Artwork...
"there are some hidden things in the artwork
can you find the demon dog head ?
can you find the Rabbit ?
Also No-one has nailed the 'evil eye' reversed audio (some are on the right tracks but no cigar as yet ), it has quite a profound message.
"she's giving me the evil eye sucks satan's cock"
Also we're gonna run a poll soon to see what the second video will be on the Starcrossed DVD, so lets get a short list going."
12th May 2004 - Starcross'd
Ash yesterday evening went to Romania to shoot the Starcrossed video.
11th May 2004
News from Mark - Meltdown and Orpheus.
....Revolution We're the Solution....
"here's the press release;
ASH to play exclusive free show to launch MELTDOWN at the Virgin Megastore Oxford St on Sunday 16th May .
This is a ticket only show and tickets are available to personal callers only to the store from this Wednesday ( 12th) at 9.00a.m . N.B No more than one pair per person . The band will be onstage at 11.00 p.m ( doors at 10.30 ) and the performance will be followed by a midnight signing session where you can become the first people in the land to get your hands on Meltdown ! "
...Heading for the open road....
"13 isn't bad considering the albums out Monday, Highest Chart since Burn Baby Burn (also 13). We're doing a midnight free show on Oxford Street on Sunday Night for the album release, check the site tomorrow for details and we'll also be signing up and down the country week of release more details on this tomorrow aswell."
It is rumoured to be released around july 12th.
11th May 2004 - Mark on Orpheus and Meltdown Release
Mark on how Orpheus did and the press release on their Oxford street Virgin megastore Meltdown release in the news section.
10th May 2004 - Orpheus - 13
Orpheus reached no. 13 in the UK single charts, not bad considering it no. 12 in the mid-weeks and traditionally the pop buyers come out at the weekend. and that the likes of FAA singles made top 20 with 2 cds and dvd.
7th May 2004 - Hotpress
Ash are in the current issue of Irish music magazine Hotpress. www.hotpress.com.
6th May 2004 - T in the Park?
Ash appearing at T in the Park is still as of yet unconfirmed, news from Tav.
6th May 2004
News from Tav on ash appearing at T in the Park...
"Thought i'd better say something about this as our silence is deafening everyone.
T still isn't confirmed i'm afraid. This is why we haven't appeared on any of the ad's as yet. Mark's enthusiasm was a little bit premature.
Negotiations are ongoing as we speak.
Sorry i can't say much more than that, but i'll let you know as soon as i know.
5th May 2004 - Starcross'd
Starcross'd chords thanks to Enrico Tancredi.
To download an official live version of Starcross'd, click on the logo above or to the left. Top tune, gonna be a classic.
4th May 2004 - Sunshine in the Morning!
Orpheus out now, released on cd, 7" and dvd.
And the Warner Meltdown ecard, where it was possible to listen to the album appears to have been taken down, it may return...... dunno.
29th April 2004 - Listen to Meltdown
Unfortunatley it is no longer possible to hear the new ash album MELTDOWN on the official Warner Music website. The album is released in the UK on May 17th, see here for the release details.
Don't forget Orpheus is released on monday! Sunshine in the morning.
21st April 2004 - News from Xfm
Tim talking about ash's meeting with George Lucas here and a little bit from nme to.
Tim on the Orpheus video.
17th April 2004 - Orpheus Chords
Orpheus Chords thanks to Enrico Tancredi.
15th April 2004 - Reminders...
Tonight Rick and Tim will be in the XFM studio's for interviews and playback of the entire 'Meltdown' album, be aired 11th May.
Orpheus being performed on CD:UK this saturday and the video for orpheus is a selection option on music channels MTV2, Kerrang etc....
Also Orpheus has been added to the radio 1 playlist!
14th April 2004 - Lots of News from Mark
So much I've split it all down...
14th April 2004
Other News from Mark...
Ash are pleased to return the favour and announce that 'Saves the Day' will
be our special guests on the upcoming UK tour. We are also happy to have
'The Crimea' confirmed to open the shows.
Kinetic Records unfortunately folded on Friday 26th March. We'd like to say
a big thank you to Steve Lau who showed great faith in us helped us
establish a solid underground fanbase. Tav is currently in negotiations with
interested parties and we are still hoping for a US release later this year.
Ash have an unpresidented meeting at Skywalker ranch scheduled with George Lucas, happening straight after the Coachella festival this to discuss top secret but exciting stuff! We are bound by contract to keep quiet but as soon as we can tell you, you'll hear it here first.
2nd April 2004 - Radio 1 - Orpheus and One Big Weekend
Orpheus has been placed on the B-list on radio 1, meaning that it should get plenty of air-play.
Ash are also headlining Radio 1's one big weekend.
29th March 2004 - Reading/Leeds
Ash have confirmed for Reading and Leeds, with The Darkness, White Stripes and Green Day headlining. (Ash playing Reading on fri, before The Offspring and The Darkness).
26th March 2004 - Meltdown album artwork /Chaz solo
The Meltdown album artwork is the top lefthand pic. (the album might have be delayed till May 24th.)
News on Charlotte's solo album from nme.com.
24th March 2004 - Film soundtracks
HONEYMOONERS - Exclusive Ash tracks feature in new indie romantic comedy The Honeymooners. Watch the trailer at www.thehoneymooners.co.uk. The film will be released in Ireland on March 26th and UK on April 30th. The tracks used are rumoured to be b-sides 'No Place To Hide' and 'Stay In Love Forever'.
SHAUN OF THE DEAD - New single Orpheus is also in this new British zombie flick, as previously reported.
19th March 2004 - Wont Be Saved
Won't Be Saved Lyrics
18th March 2004 - The Boys Are back In Town
Ash cover the Thin Lizzy classic at xfm's paddy's day gig last night, the
16th March 2004 - Meltdown and Charlotte's Solo Album
Meltdown is set to have a limited edition double album release, with the second cd being a live version of the album... i think recorded on the recent mini tour.
Charlotte's solo album is currently set for release in August and well be called 'Grey Will Fade', the track which was an originally a Chaz penned ash b-side to There's A Star has been re-recorded for the album.
And finally I have added some more bass tabs to the....... Bass Tabs Section enjoy.
15th March 2004 - XFM exclusive and Star-Crossed Tab
big news for Ash and Coldplay fans, please link to XFM online for the full
story... Details here
Heres the tab for new classic Star-Crossed thanks to Mike Laverick.
8th March 2004 - Extra tour date added
27th May '04 Liverpool @ University Academy
5th March 2004 - Clones No.1 / Meltdown Lyrics
Clones has gone to number in the download singles chart, here are Marks comments and thanks.
Here are the lyrics for the title track for the new album Meltdown
5th March 2004
Marks thanks and comments...
OK, so firstly a big thanks to everyone who actually bought the 'Clones' download. I know there were a few tech difficulties initially but hopefully they were all sorted out. The official download chart is at present still an industry only indicator and is still somewhat secret. but as we're number one we thought we'd better thank you guys for putting us there and let you all know it's been a success. In the future it will become released to the public and will contribute to the official singles chart. was also just told any aussies who thought they couldn't get the download can do by just saying they are located from the UK in the purchase menu and using their credit card details as usual.
So Nice one, and with the video being hammered on the digital channels it's been a great re-introduction and things are setting up nicely for Orpheus.
3rd March 2004 - Ash Interview / Preston / Main Tour
Having heard the whole of new album rocked out at the Preston leg of the mini tour last Friday, I can confirm it is amazing! And heres's an Interview from gigwise, which was done by Shifty Ryder at the gig.
Ash have also confirmed dates for their main album tour, dates can viewed and tickets purchased here - click on the ash logo.
25th February 2004 - Ash Wednesday
The new download single Clones is available from ashtabs thanks to Warner Music Click here
Also Ophreus is going to be the first single, out at the end of April, followed by the album, followed by rumour has it Star-Crossed!
20th February 2004
Interview with Rick from Kerrang
ash - taking on the UK, and dave grohl to boot...
ash are going back to there roots this week with a tiny club tour, and tickets will be like gold dust.
drummer rick mcmurray is confident though, that the band's usual array of stalkers will be there for them once more...
qu: you've chosen an interesting route back into the limelight...
rm: "yeah, we're going back to the bars, playing a load of small venues. we're itching to get back on the road."
do you have any surprises in store?
"we're going to play our albums back to back. its exhausting, but back in the states theyve got gigging down to an art, coz they spend so much time on the road. thats rubbed off on us. they seem to like us over there.
no unpleasant experiences to speak of?
"we had a stalker turn up at the studio at the crack of dawn. we asked her what she was doing, and she was like 'im here to stalk you' then she kept turning up for about 6 months just to say 'hi'. then we didnt see her for a while. weve had some japanse fans who'd turn up at random shows in US and euro, but they're really honest and sweet about it. i figure if they dont turn up with a big iron pot to boil your bits in then u cant argue with it."
who would u stalk?
"most of the people id stalk are dead, like john bonham. im not sure id want to go beyond the grave for advice, and short of that theres not much point."
too easy a target?
"yeah no trill of the hunt."
do you suffer from stage-fright?
"when we first started, but these days not as much. you get more worried about playing a good show than just getting up onstage."
does imagining the crowd naked work?
"the real question is if youd like to see them naked. what if theyre all a bunch of builders?"
what was touring the states like?
"hanging out with dave grohl and the foos was pretty amazing. dave was in the studio with us, so that was a high point."
is it true what he wears dentures?
"yeah big donkey dentures. appartently he doesnt like being asked about it, so we try to keep it quiet, but its hard not to stare when he takes them out for a polish."
could he drink you under the table?
"yeah coz he drinks coors light most of the time. the rest of the foos are pretty tame but dave likes his parties."
would ash defeat the foos in a mud-wrestling match?
"theyre a pretty health conscious group, so theyd probably have an advantage. but with us being irish we're a little crazier, itd probably be a gentleman's draw"
17th February 2004
Mark on Clones, the new site and the return.....
"So we shot a video 2 weeks ago for Clones and we just got the finished edit. It's a raw, gritty, dark and a full on preformance vid. My favorite so far and I'm not just saying that, deffo the coolest yet. All the digital channels are being serviced this week so look out for it over the following week. As soon as we know request numbers we'll post them here and on the news page.
Talking about the new site, it will relaunch on the Ash Wednesday / Clones 'release' date Feb 25th, hopefully Gremlin free! The new site will be a 'soft' launch and will grow and expand over the following months. Also we want all your reviews/pics from the upcoming tour, you'll be able to submit them and they'll be archived along with everyone elses. Also we got a load of euro shows coming up straight after the UK dates, details TBC. Along with other 'one off' shows during the build up to the first 'real' single which is still too early to announce. For all those in the US who don't already know Coachella is confirmed too! (Pixes!!!!) The 'special' B-side was recorded last week, and I managed to escape the recording as i was due a holiday. Tahoe was beautiful.... Tim took care of the bass, cheers kerouac
We're all in rehearsal at the moment, getting ready to kick this campaign off this weekend.
Here's to the next 2 years........"
16th February 2004
There's going to be a competition on www.kerrang.com to win a pair of tickets to each of the regional Ash shows
Clones will be released as a download only single on 25th February. It will be £1(credit card)/£1.50 (SMS) and will come with downloadable artwork, plus the chance to watch the exclusive Clones video. It will be available from www.ash-official.com, but unfortunately will only be available to PC users due to the current limitations of Apple DRM. You can burn it to CD three times and transfer it to compatible portable devices.
10th February 2004 - Clones
Here are the lyrics. and now THE TAB thanks to Steve Patrick.
30th January 2004 - Official Tracklisting for Meltdown
- Evil Eye
- Out Of The Blue
- Renegade Cavalcade
- On A Wave
- Won't Be Saved
- Vampire Love
30th January 2004
Mark on the new logo...
"YES YES, this is indeed the new Ash Logo, It was designed by the same artist (Rori Keating an irish guy now living in San Diego) who did Tim and Tav's Tats, he is also coming up with great stuff for the covers. When you see what the artwork is looking like you'll see how it all fits in. Change as always will be positive to some / negative to others. But hopefully in time you'll all grow to appreciate it.
(It's more Kill Bill / Celtic than Nu-Metal!)"
29th January 2004
What Tim said to XFM, from nme... (the album tracklisting is wrong, as its 'I won't be saved', solace is for a film soundtrack and pretty sure 'Argument', 'Cool It down' and 'Go to Hell' though recorded arent on the album, but hey...)
"ASH ’s new album will be called ‘MELTDOWN’ and will be preceded by a single next month.
Due out this spring, the band’s fourth full-length album is said to be they’re heaviest yet, and to prove it they’re putting out new track ‘Clones’ as a download single next month.
Tim told XFM: "It’s the heaviest thing we’ve ever done. It’s kinda shock tactics y’know? It’s really in your face."
As previously reported, tracks slated for the album, which was mastered this week, include ‘Go To Hell’, ‘Renegade Cavalcade’, ‘Orpheus’, ‘I Wouldn’t Be Saved’, ‘Evil Eye’, ‘On A Wave’, ‘Cool It Down’, ‘Argument’ and ‘Solace’, as well as ‘Meltdown’ itself.
Wheeler continued: "The album is called ‘Meltdown’. Why? Cos it’s a meltdown. A full-on rock monster. A real face-melter. It’ll tear your face off.""
28th January 2004
News from Mark on the new album.........
So the album is called 'MELTDOWN'
because it's a molten, riff filled, rocking album.
Clones will be a download single released soon, date TBC.
The site is currently being re-designed and will be 'soft' launched on the date of the Clones release, over the following months until the album's release the site will gradually expand to become massive in content. At some point this site will 'die' for a few days during the pass over.
On the mini-tour we'll be playing the whole of MELTDOWN
A full tour will happen after the album
MELTDOWN will be 11 tracks and was finally mastered today
Clones has not been on any radio station yet
We'll be shooting a video for Clones in the next week. It is going to look great.
We'll be recording a 'special' song, with a 'special' collaboration for a 'special' project next week
We're gonna be very busy bees this year so get ready.....
The Phoenix is stirring
26th January 2004 - Ash playing low key gigs in Feb!
- Milton Keynes Woughton Centre - Sun 22nd Feb
- Newport TJs - Mon 23rd Feb
- Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms - Tues 24th Feb
- Stoke Sugarmill - Thurs 26th Feb
- Preston Mill - Fri 27th Feb
- Middlesbrough Town Hall - Sun 29th Feb
- Oxford Zodiac - Mon 1st March
22nd January 2004 - Ash track used in new Zombie movie
Ophreus will be used on the soundtrack for new Zombie movie 'Sean Of The Dead'. Offical ash news
Also new track Clones will be available for download from www.ash-official.com from 'ash wednesday' which I think is 25th Feb.
13th January 2004 - Rolling Stone Article
Article from Rolling Stone about the new album here.