The band will head out to Japan and America in the New Year too…

ASH have revealed plans for their new album, following the success of this year’s ’MELTDOWN’.

The band have also spoken out about their live schedule for 2005 which will kick off with tours of Japan and the United States.

Singer Tim Wheeler said: “I’ve been writing a bunch of songs on tour and it’s sounding really good. It’s really strong material and I’m looking forward to having some time to work on them.”

He added: “I don’t know what style it’s going to take yet, but maybe it’ll go back to more of a songwriting thing rather than the emphasis on the band.”

Following their current shows as support for Clash on their UK arena tour, Ash will head overseas to continue their campaign in America.

“We’re starting 2005 in Japan and then onto America because the album’s just getting released there,” Wheeler explained. “We’ve built up a great live fan base out there, but never really crossed over onto radio or MTV. I think this record we’ve made is the right kind of record for that. We’ll just keep persevering, which is how we see a lot of bands doing it – I think [/a] took about 13 tours before they made it.

“Going to America keeps things fresh for us,” he told XFM. “We’re established and known at a certain level over here, but in the States it puts all the fight back into it and the challenge is still there. Going back there feels like being a new band.”

Ash released their latest single ’Renegade Cavalcade’ on Monday (December 6) and will play the following dates supporting the [a]Clash:

Birmingham NEC Arena (December 7-8)

London Wembley Arena (10-12)

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