Ash stream new single ‘Cocoon’ from first album in eight years – listen

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The band to play surprise show at London's Barfly tonight (February 18)

Ash will return with a new album, expected later this year.

The new effort will be titled ‘Kablammo!’ and is the first LP from the band in eight years, since 2007’s ‘Twilight of the Innocents’. It’ll be their sixth full-length to date.

Ahead of the album’s release, the group have unveiled new single ‘Cocoon’ – which can be streamed below. Drummer Rick McMurray has described the track as “Ash at their frenetic best: a wall of guitars and a shot of adrenaline with a sweet melodic chaser”.

McMurray adds: “Having this much fun crammed into two and a half minutes is probably illegal.”

Speaking about the new album, McMurray says: “After a wait of eight years, and a long string of singles, we’ve gone on to do what we said we would never do again: we’ve only gone and recorded a brand new album! We set out to capture the live essence of Ash, the closest sonic predecessor would be 2004’s ‘Meltdown’, with the songwriting of the Free All Angels singles.

“We’ve stripped away the electronic overtones of the A-Z Series and made a streamlined blazing guitar record. On every song you can hear what makes this band tick, our beating (atomic) heart. It’s a visceral expression of what has driven us since 1992. Passion, melody and Ash.”

The band will play a surprise show at London’s Barfly tonight (February 18), previewing new material and playing classic album ‘1977’ in full. They’ll also head on tour in June, with the dates in full beneath.

Frontman Tim Wheeler released a solo album – titled ‘Lost Domain’ – in November 2014.

Dublin Whelans (June 7)
Belfast Limelight (8)
Edinburgh Liquid Room (9)
London Scala (11)
Manchester Sound Control (12)
Wakefield Long Division Festival (13)
Isle of Wight Festival (14)

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