Last time we caught up with Ash, the power-pop band were here in Cambridge getting ready to play breakout album 1977 in its entirety at The Middle East. That was October 2016, and we kinda sorta hoped that they’d follow up that celebration with playing essential Ash record Free All Angels in full. Given that LP arrived in 2001, maybe we’ll have to wait for 2021 for its 20th anniversary, which means we have some time to buzz, and some time to kill.
Enter Ash’s new track, “Buzzkill,” which was premiered earlier today (February 7) by Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6. It’s the first taste of Ash’s new LP Islands, which hits on May 18, right around the time the dudes play UK festival Live At Leeds and The Biggest Weekend in Belfast. The new record is the follow-up to 2015’s Kablammo!
As for the single, “Buzzkill” is pretty much what you’d expect from Ash — super catchy, punchy, and infectious, harkening back to those 1977 glory days, and it provides a nice blast of musical warmth here on another cold day in Boston. Fire it up below, and get LP info via their tweet underneath.