Ash today share their new single ‘Buzzkill’, which was premiered by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music. ‘Buzzkill’ is taken from their forthcoming album Islands – their first since 2015’s Kablammo!. Twenty-five years on from their emergence as teenagers on Belfast’s DIY scene, Ash have returned with another irrepressible track that more than holds its own in what is a seemingly already over-stocked catalogue of hits.

Written by the band’s singer/guitarist Tim Wheeler, ‘Buzzkill’ is a dizzying slice of upbeat pop nous, creating another wave of typical Ash ebullience that is sure to strike a chord with fans both young and old. The Undertones’ Damien O’Neill and Mickey Bradley provide guest backing vocals on the song.

Talking about ‘Buzzkill’, Wheeler explains its origins: “The day I wrote ‘Buzzkill’, it took me a while to stop laughing cos it’s so fun, dumb and full of unnecessary swearing. We used to know a band called Buzzkill in Belfast in the 90s and I think their name has been in my mind for all that time wanting to get into a song. Having seen The Undertones playing a couple of times recently I was guiltily thinking how much the backing vocals I’d written for ‘Buzzkill’ were mimicking their style. So I thought it would only be right to ask Damien (O’Neill) and Mickey (Bradley) to sing on it and we were honoured when  they said yes, despite all the filthy cussing. It’s a fun song and will hopefully ignite a few mosh-pits for us this year.”

Produced by Tim Wheeler, with additional production from Mark Hamilton, Rick McMurray and Claudius Mittendorfer, Islands is Ash’s seventh studio album.

With more international tour dates to be announced, Ash are pleased to announce that they will be returning to home turf to play BBC’s Biggest Weekend festival in Belfast this May.

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