I think anyone who has any interest in listening to music has certain timestamps in their lives where music soundtracked parts of their youth and beyond. As a 12-year-old in 1994, ‘Definitely Maybe’ & ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ by Oasis shaped much of the early to mid-nineties. In 1999 on a school trip to Belgium I first heard ‘The Man Who’ by Travis, a year later Coldplay released ‘Parachutes’. Then along came The Strokes and later, and more importantly for me The Libertines, then with Myspace, internet forums and other early social media the music that was being produced exploded. There hasn’t been a more exciting time in my music life than between 2004 – 2009. So much so that, at last year’s Wide Day’s Christmas party Michael Lambert and I played an hour of music from that time… we prepared 6 and a half hours’ worth. Yeah, we may have more fun than anyone else in the room but you have to admit there are some absolute bangers (yeah, that’s right, bangers) on this playlist. Feel free to listen and follow at your pleasure – Spotify Playlist.
Throughout all of this whenever the first day of summer came I would always reach for my CD Walkman/Minidisc player/iPod/Spotify and play ‘Oh Yeah’ by Ash. Then ‘Girl From Mars’, then ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ (If you haven’t seen the movie of the same name, please, check it out) and so on. Ash truly were a band for every summer. And in 2020 they are celebrating 25 years of amazing summers by releasing a collection of their greatest hits.
Teenage Wildlife traces the band’s recording career from exuberant debut Jack Names The Planets through to the likes of BuzzKill from 2018’s top twenty album Islands whilst also including a brand new offering Darkest Hour Of The Night alongside thirteen Top 40 singles such as Girl From Mars, Gold Finger, Oh Yeah amid an array of the band’s recorded history.
Teenage Wildlife also comes in a limited lenticular three-CD set that will include a nineteen-track collection of rarities including a version of The Buzzcocks’ classic Everybody’s Happy Nowadays (featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin), the eternal Teenage Kicks and the collection’s infamous title track. From their mini-album Trailer, a volley of intent with Jack Names The Planets, Uncle Pat and Petrol recorded whilst still at school debut album proper, 1996’s Number One album 1977, almost imploding with the follow-up Nu-Clear Sounds, the addition of teenage guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, 1998’s historic Northern Irish Referendum show in Belfast before a return to the number one spot with the universally acclaimed Free All Angels seeing Tim Wheeler awarded with an Ivor Novello for Shining Light, consolidating a reputation for a run of extraordinary singles.
Whether the original trio or expanded four-piece with the multi-talented Hatherley, ASH have continually excelled both live and on record – an edited overview of reflection, Teenage Wildlfe encapsulates the past twenty-five years perfectly. The release of Teenage Wildlife will be accompanied by extensive live itinerary throughout Europe and Scandinavia, re-visiting many of the towns, cities and venues they have previously played over the years.
17 Stylus LEEDS University, UK
18 O2 Academy NEWCASTLE, UK
20 SWG3 TV Studio GLASGOW, UK
21 O2 Ritz MANCHESTER, UK
22 Rock City NOTTINGHAM, UK
24 O2 Academy BRISTOL, UK
25 Pyramids PORTSMOUTH, UK
27 The Roundhouse LONDON, UK
Full Dates & Ticket information
The band have confirmed a run of in-store shows in Ireland and the UK including a solo acoustic show from Tim Wheeler in Belfast – fans will be able to apply for tickets when purchasing, pre-ordering the album at participating stores
The band’s run of appearances are about to sell out with the final remaining tickets available as detailed below.
Sat 15 BELFAST HMV: Tim Wheeler solo acoustic. Tickets in-store
Mon 17 DUBLIN Tower Records ticket details
Tue 18 LONDON Rough Trade East ticket details
Wed 19 KINGSTON Banquet (Pryzm) ticket details
Thu 20 BRIGHTON Resident ticket details