It all started with a Christmas gift
Ash has an interesting story: the two pillars of the group, childhood friends Tim Wheeler and Mark Hamilton started playing just for fun when they received their first guitars for Christmas in 1989. They created the musical project “Vietnam” which soon transformed into Ash, when McMurray joined the team, three years later. The punk-pop influences of their music were much appreciated in England, where they rocked the stage at the beginning of the decade. The band gathered their first singles, including “Intense Thing” and “Get Out” in “Trailer”, the first mini album released in 1994.
“1977” followed two years later, Ash’s first full-length album, with electronic tunes and a science-fiction feeling which both Wheeler and Hamilton loved. The album was a success, and the Irish group began conquering the world while still headlining major U.K. musical festivals, such as Glastonbury or T in the Park.
The female in the band
Ash had an important facelift in fall, 1997, when female guitarist Charlotte Hatherley joined the team, changing the band’s appearance and lyrical style. She was an important part of “Ash” musical project almost a decade when she left the team after a world tour supporting U2
Ash released the first album in the old trio formula in 2007, “Innocents”, reassuring their fans that the band wasn’t breaking up. To mark their 20th anniversary, they had a big concert in London, releasing an EP to celebrate the milestone. Their last album, “Kablammo!” was released in 2015.