Delighted to announce the debut of Ash to Mike the Pies on Thursday 6th July 2023. A night you sure definitely don’t want to miss.
Ash are a Northern Irish rock band from County Down. They were formed in 1992 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray. As a three-piece, they released mini-album Trailer in 1994 and full-length album 1977 in 1996. This 1996 release was named by NME as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time. After the success of their full debut the band recruited Charlotte Hatherley as a guitarist and vocalist, releasing their second record Nu-Clear Sounds in 1998. After the band released Free All Angels in 2001 and a string of successful singles.
They became a 3 piece again in 2006 when Hatherley left, and after five conventional albums the band released 26 singles in the A-Z Series in 2009, one every two weeks. The band have had one silver, two gold and two platinum-selling (and chart-topping) records in the United Kingdom, as well as 18 songs in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart.
In November 2012, the band played some US dates with Weezer and went on to headline their own shows on the East Coast. They played at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in 2013, along with seven other US cities, and supported the Smashing Pumpkins at Wembley Arena.
Islands was released in May 2018, preceded by the single “Buzzkill”, with vocals from Damien O’Neill and Mickey Bradley from the Undertones. The band released a second single, “Annabel”, in April 2018, and a 3rd, “Did Your Love Burn Out?”, in May to coincide with the album release.