Looks like the group could be getting out the acoustic guitars for the follow-up to ’Meltdown’…

ASH have revealed they are planning to release an acoustic album next year.

Clearly hoping that the follow-up to this year’s ‘Meltdown’ will arrive faster than the three years between that and previous album ‘Free All Angels’, bassist Mark Hamilton told XFM that they want to get back into the studio soon.

He said: “We actually are thinking of going into the studio in February and recording again. And we might do something like an acoustic album, just to have something out there next year while we’re out touring – and we’re probably gonna be touring around America all next year, from springtime through to the end of the year maybe – so we might just get that out to give the fans something to keep them interested and look at doing the next proper album maybe after the summer.

“We’ve got loads of songs that we haven’t recorded, which is more acoustic stuff, that wouldn’t have fit on ‘Meltdown’ as we tried to keep that a more rocking album. But we might do that just to get them out there. Just one for the fans.”

Ash are taking September off before heading out on the road again – including a string of UK arena dates with [a][/a]. But guitarist Charlotte Hatherley is using the time to play her first ever solo shows. Earlier this year she released her solo album ‘Grey Will Fade’, and told NME.COM “I’m rehearsing like a crazy bitch right now!”

Charlotte plays the following shows:

Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (September 21)

Manchester Academy 3 (22)

Sheffield Leadmill (23)

Leicester Princess Carlotte (25)

London ULU (26)

Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (27)

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