Ash - Islands
First new album since 2015's 'Kablammo' from Northern Irish band Ash; Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray.
+ Deluxe Indie Shop-only LP version is on metallic silver vinyl.
This will be the seventh album from the band, who always seem to have been comfortable with swapping their rep from barn-storming chart band to sacrificial lamb on the altar of Indie and back again. Fair play. Uncle Pat would be proud.
Features The Undertones on the track 'Buzzkill', for nice bit of a-line-through-music-history-being-drawn-into-a-full-circle.
Talking about the lead single, Tim says: “The day I wrote ‘Buzzkill’, it took me a while to stop laughing cos it’s so fun, dumb and full of unnecessary swearing. We used to know a band called Buzzkill in Belfast in the 90s and I think their name has been in my mind for all that time wanting to get into a song.”
“Having seen The Undertones playing a couple of times recently I was guiltily thinking how much the backing vocals I’d written for ‘Buzzkill’ were mimicking their style. So I thought it would only be right to ask Damien (O’Neill) and Mickey (Bradley from The Undertones) to sing on it and we were honoured when that they said yes, despite all the filthy cussing. It’s a fun song and will hopefully ignite a few mosh-pits for us this year.”
If there's anything Drift loves, it's some unnecessary swearing.
1. True Story
4. Confessions In The Pool
5. All That I Have Left
6. Don't Need Your Love
8. Did Your Love Burn Out?
9. Silver Suit
10. It's A Trap
11. Is It True?
12. Incoming Waves
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