Track by Track: ‘Necessary Appliances’ by Asylums

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Asylums are fast becoming my favourite new band. Well, they have been around for a couple of years, but their debut album Killer Brain Waves was out under two months ago and it is pretty (read very) awesome. I have been listening to it for a few days and I loved it instantly, which does not happen that often.

This is a track from that. Enjoy!

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Since regular live music is good for your health… or well being or whatever…

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According to this article, I should a very happy chickie over the next few months.

When I was in my teens and early twenties I used to go to gigs religiously. It was definitely part of my social life and a very regular occurrence. I think after a few years of that I got ‘gigged out’ and went but rarely in my mid to late twenties and early thirties. That seems an extraordinary thing to me now. I remember some gigs from that down time, seeing The Charlatans, Sigur Ros (twice), The Vines, The Hives, Goldfrapp and I guess a few more, but that was about it. I don’t count going to see Kylie Minogue, as that was a favour to a friend! 😉 Oh and I saw Oasis at Wembley a few weeks before they split, which me and my better half decided to go to for nostalgia’s sake.

I have missed out so much by not so much as checking gig listings, as I was living in London and I could have gone to see music pretty much every week if I had been so inclined! But no, for some reason I was not engaging in that way. Odd..

However with all sorts of band returning to my repaired radar and indeed surprising my radar, my live music intake is improving!

With We Are Scientists, Yak, Hidden Charms, Ash and randomly Jose Gonzalez on the agenda, I will be fine the next few months. I should be walking around with a permanent smile on my face!

 

Ash’s 1977 20th Anniversary Tour

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For the diary: 8 December 2016 at Paradiso Noord (Tolhuistuin)

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Ash announced they are playing 1977 in full in a series of gigs at the end of the year, including one in Amsterdam. I have got the tickets in my pocket (figuratively speaking) of course by now.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. 1977 was, as it was for so many people my age, the soundtrack to my late teenage years. I was 17 when it came out and it spoke to me in a way no other album had. The fact that those songs were written by a teenager is no doubt the reason for that connection I felt to the songs on that album

Even now, when I put it on, the opening TIE fighter noise followed by Lose Control just takes me back. I used to play it so LOUD, it must have driven my folks mental. I love how unrestrained it is, how naive in some ways.

I also saw Ash live for the first time that year. I think it was June 1996. I don’t remember much of the gig, but I remember speaking to the guys and how lovely they were. Very funny and so like any other boys my age.

Who would have thought they would still be around today being as brilliant as they are, even if it is lower key these days. Although I wish they would get more credit than they do, it selfishly suits me, cause it means gigs in lovely small venues.

On a random side note: Weird to think that bigger bands, like Coldplay and Bloc Party, may not even be around if it was not for these guys.

If you have not seen these guys live, GO!

Kris

Track by Track: ‘Arcadia’ by Ash

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It’s such a shame that back in 2009 this song did not get the airplay it so thoroughly deserved. I suppose that’s the problem when you self release your music. Yes it gives you full creative control (in Ash’s case with fantastic results I might add), but the budget for promotion sometimes simply is not there.

The song is part of an ambitious project, the subscription A-Z series, that saw them release 26 singles over the course of a year, many (if not all) quite excellent. Wheeler sure knows how to write catchy tunes and I am a sucker for a catchy tune!

This is one of my absolute favourite Ash songs. Scrap the Ash bit – it is one of my favourite songs, period.