ASH‘s “Islands” is an open-hearted collection of songs drawn from frontman Tim Wheeler’s reflective lyrical axis dealing with friendship and betrayal, love and loss, and is an album which reaffirms the band’s status as one of the most idiosyncratic and singularly thrilling guitar bands in the world.
Twenty-five years on from their emergence as teenagers on Belfast’s DIY scene ASH Are Back with Another irrepressible track in “Annabel” that more than holds its own in what is a seemingly already over-stocked catalogue of hits.
“Where ‘Buzzkill’ was a poppy thrasher, there’s a bit more yearning in ‘Annabel’. The licks are still plenty tasty, but they’re wrapped around an undeniable sweetness.”—Consequence Of Sound
“Still with fire in their belly, new song ‘Annabel’ is online now and it’s a stomping, soaring indie punk monster with just a sprinkling of sugar on top….biting, singalong fare, that’s sure to go down a storm live.”—Clash Magazine