One of the band has made a solo LP with PJ Harvey's producer...

ASH guitarist CHARLOTTE HATHERLEY has recorded her debut solo album with PJ HARVEY producer ROB ELLIS.

The sessions came about during the recording of the Irish pop-punk’s latest album ‘Meltdown’, and the solo outing may indicate a departure from the group’s trademark sound.

Hatherley said: “I wanted it to sound like XTC and The B-52’s. But I’m not sure if we managed to do that. A bit of XTC-style music with B-52’s vocals was the aim.”

She told Xfm: “I made a solo album while we were out in LA, in amongst the recording sessions for the new Ash album. I got Rob Ellis in to help me which was really cool – I really like what he’s done with PJ Harvey. I recorded all the guitars and vocals and we had it all done in a month.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, Coldplay singer Chris Martin has teamed up with Ash to cover a 1979 [/a] classic for a forthcoming zombie movie.

The star has lent his backing vocals to the Irish rockers version of ‘Everybody’s Happy Nowadays’, due to appear on the soundtrack to Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s ‘Shaun Of The Dead’.

Hatherley said: “We were asked by Edgar and Simon if we’d do a track, so we recorded a cover of [a]’ ‘Everybody’s Happy Nowadays’ with Chris Martin on backing vocals. He got to do all the operatic bits…”

“Even my mum ended up in the film, which I wasn’t originally too happy about,” she added. “They turned her into a zombie and then they shot her in the head!”

The as-yet-untitled album is due for release in August, while ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ is out on April 9.