Mark Hamilton calls NME.COM to say that drummer Rick McMurray's bus crash injuries may not heal in time...

ASH bassist MARK HAMILTON has described the “carnage” caused by the band’s bus crash in the US, and has said that the recovery of drummer RICK McMURRAY in the coming days will decide whether the band will play this weekend’s READING & LEEDS CARLING WEEKEND FESTIVAL.

Ash are set to play in Reading on Saturday (August 24) and Leeds the following day (25).

However, that appearance has been thrown into doubt following a bus crash while the band were in the US on Moby‘s Area:2 touring festival over the weekend.

In an NME.COM exclusive, Hamilton described what happened. He said: “It was completely black, the bunks were all darkened off. The whole place was just carnage. Rick and Charlotte were both thrown out of their bunks into the isle. Rick broke his ribs.”

Whether or not Ash perform at the Carling Weekend rests on the drummer’s recovery. Hamilton said that the band are currently unsure if he will be well enough.

“At the minute it looks like it’s down to Rick”, he said. “I’ve had broken ribs before and it’s hard to breathe. And if he’s going to be playing for an hour, I don’t know, drumming’s quite physical.”

A final decision will be made in the next two days, according to Hamilton – who added that the band will do everything they can to appear.