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LISTEN: Ash release new single Cocoon from new album Kablammo! and announce Whelan's gig

Tim Wheeler of Ash performs on stage on Day 2 of Y Not Festival on August 3, 2013 in Matlock, England. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty Images)
Tim Wheeler of Ash performs on stage on Day 2 of Y Not Festival on August 3, 2013 in Matlock, England. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Northern Irish rockers Ash are back with new single Cocoon from new album Kablammo! and have just announced Dublin and Belfast dates.

It has been a whopping eight years since the band released their fifth studio album, Twilight of the Innocents, in 2007 but since 2013 they've been busy on the international festival circuit.

Of the first single, Cocoon, from Kablammo! drummer Rick McMurray says, “It’s Ash at their frenetic best: a wall of guitars and a shot of adrenaline with a sweet melodic chaser.

"One of the earliest songs written for the forthcoming album, you can hear how excited the three of us are to be back in the same room. Having this much fun crammed into two and a half minutes is probably illegal.”

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Commenting on the new album: “After a wait of 8 years, and a long string of singles, we’ve gone on to do what we said we would never do again: we've only gone and recorded a brand new album!”

“We set out to capture the live essence of Ash, the closest sonic predecessor would be 2004's 'Meltdown', with the songwriting of the 'Free All Angels' singles. . We've stripped away the electronic overtones of the A-Z series and made a streamlined blazing guitar record.” 

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“On every song you can hear what makes this band tick, our beating (atomic) heart. It's a visceral expression of what has driven us since 1992. Passion, melody and Ash.”

The band will play a special live show at Whelan’s, Wexford Street on Sunday 7 June 2015 and a date at Belfast Limelight on June 6. Tickets priced €20 inclusive of booking fee go on sale this Friday, 20 June at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.ie

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