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  • UPC: 4050538368079
  • Release Date: 18 May 2018
Tags: Islands ASH


Label Review. 

2018 album also available in CD.

Our Overview. 

Twenty-five years on from their emergence as teenagers on Belfast’s DIY scene Ash have returned with their eighth studio album ‘Islands’ which sees the band back with the Infectious music label, previously home to the band’s number one albums, 1996’s ‘1977’ and ‘Free All Angels’ in 2001. 

Newly released track “Buzzkill’ is getting a lot of play and more than holds its own in what is a seemingly already over-stocked catalogue of hits. Written by the band’s singer/ guitarist Tim Wheeler, Buzzkill is a dizzying slice of upbeat pop nous coupled with The Undertones’ Damien O’Neill and Mickey Bradley guesting on backing vocals – another wave of typical Ash ebullience that is sure to strike a chord with fans, young and old.

Talking about Buzzkill, Wheeler explains its origins:” 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)  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.”

Produced by Tim Wheeler, ‘Islands’ is the band’s latest 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.


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