Ash frontman Tim Wheeler has announced details of his forthcoming debut solo record ‘Lost Domain’, which is set for release on November 3 through Sony Red. Click above to hear new song ‘First Sign Of Spring’ now.
The record deals with the death of Wheeler’s father to dementia and the subsequent effect it had on the singer’s life and family. Speaking about the situation, Wheeler said, “It was a really hard time, but the closeness within my family made it a powerful bonding time as well.”
Although Wheeler is credited as playing the majority of instruments on the album himself, ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows is also featured, and there are performance credits for Fred Aspelin of Alberta Cross, the London Metropolitan Orchestra, Leanne Macomber of Neon Indian and Wenzl McGowen of Moon Hooch.
A portion of the proceeds gained from sales of the record will be given to the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity Wheeler has worked closely with since his father’s death. The album can be pre-ordered via Pledge Music now.
Discussing the donation, Wheeler said: “After losing my father to dementia, I felt the need to personally do something to fight Alzheimer’s. My friend Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy’s father also has Alzheimer’s so we put on a concert in Belfast in November 2011 with The Divine Comedy, The Undertones and Ash to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society. Since then I’ve had close links with the Alzheimer’s Society and this year was involved with the Dementia Friends campaign. I’m proud to continue to support them and raise more awareness with the album ‘Lost Domain’.”
Tim Wheeler came to fame as the frontman of Ash, who released their first mini-album ‘Trailer’ in October 1994. Their last release was two volumes of the band’s ‘A-Z Series Singles Collection’ in 2010.
The tracklisting for ‘Lost Domain’ is as follows:
‘Snow In Nara’
‘End of An Era’
‘Do You Ever Think of Me?’
‘First Sign of Spring’