Formed in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland by Tim Wheeler (vocals and guitar), Mark Hamilton (bass) and Rick McMurray (drums), Ash released their first studio album ‘1977’ and were then joined by Charlotte Hatherley (guitar) for a further 3 studio albums ‘Nu-Clear Sounds’, ‘Free All Angels’ and ‘Meltdown’. Charlotte left the band in 2006 and the band went on to record and release ‘Twilight of the Innocents’ before launching the innovative A-Z series which saw the band release a single every fortnight for a year. Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack has joined the band on stage since 2010.
October 2011 saw Ash play some special live shows to mark the release of 'The Best of Ash' and Charlotte performed with the band once more for the UK tour. The shows included the four piece playing the seminal “Free All Angels” Album in its entirety and a “Best Of” set.
Following the recent news of their forthcoming album Islands on May 18th, Ash are pleased to announce details of some live shows in the Autumn.
The band reunited with original label mentor Korda Marshall at Infectious Music unleashed Buzzkill earlier this year. The first taste of the new album, its’s one that encapsulates their uncanny knack of conjuring up instant classics.