Although the US is finally about to get a domestic release for their most recent album Meltdown, Ash is already preparing work on new material. Frontman Tim Wheeler has been busy writing songs while on the road, and will continue to due so as they embark on a stateside tour in Spring 2005. Wheeler recently told XFM: “We’re starting 2005 in Japan and then onto America because the album’s just getting released there,” he continued. “We’ve built up a great live fan base out there, but never really crossed over onto radio or MTV. I think this record we’ve made is the right kind of record for that. We’ll just keep persevering, which is how we see a lot of bands doing it – I think The Clash took about thirteen tours before they made it.”
Mark down March 8, 2005 on your calendars. Circle that date with a permanent marker, tattoo it to your arm, just don’t forget it. That is the date that Record Collection will release Meltdown in the US. For those who purchased the import, the domestic release will contain extra treats to entice you, including exclusive bonus tracks and DVD footage. Please wipe the drool off of your face. Thank you. The release will coincide with the new Star Wars videogame Republic Commando, which features the Ash song “Clones” as its theme song. Sweeeeet.
There have also been rumors of a supergroup featuring Wheeler, Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins, and Har Mar Superstar. There has yet to be a single rehearsal, so this may end up more of a secret club rather than a musical experiment. “I think it’s more of a figment of Justin’s imagination. I’m proud to be a member of a secret club that doesn’t actually exist though. It’s the ultimate secret band - we’ve never even had a rehearsal.”