Irish alternative band Ash is set to perform in Bali on 24th November at the rock’n’roll headquarters Hard Rock Cafe Bali. The trio – guitarist/vocals Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray – goes back to 1989, when 12-year-olds Tim and Mark first established heavy metal band Vietnam. As the music scene changed under the influence of grunge rock, Vietnam disbanded but the duo stayed together and recruited Rick to form Ash – drawing inspiration from big names in the genre like Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Pixies and local band Lazer Gun Nun.
The journey of Ash has been colourful, starting with their debut single Jack Names The Planets in 1994 – grabbing airplay and praise from esteemed Radio 1 DJs Steve Lamacq and Mark Radcliff. Former head of A&R for RCA Records signed the band to his then Infectious Records label the same year, birthing all-time favourite singles like Petrol, Uncle Pat and Kung Fu, which landed them on the map.
The band’s stellar resume includes cracking the UK Top 20 for the first time in 1995 with the unmistakable Girl From Mars and Angel Interceptor, a Top 10 success with Goldfinger and the top spot on UK album chart with the debut album 1977. The latest album, Islands, was released in May 2018, receiving rave reviews for songs about dealing with love and loss, friendship and betrayal, identity and more.
In between, there are the honourable mentions of headlining Glastonbury festival in 1997, Reading festival in 2001, a second number one album Free All Angels, a Top 10 album Nu-Clear Sounds and six more top 30 singles. In addition, the band has received accolades like Ivor Novello Award’s Best Contemporary Song for Shining Light and Q Magazine’s Single of the Year for Burn Baby Burn.
Long-time fans and alternative music enthusiasts alike won’t want to miss the much-awaited concert this November. To book tickets head to BOOK MY SHOW (id.bookmyshow.com) and Townscript (townscript.com).