Meltdown





Ash have been tearing up the music scene in the UK with their punk/pop stylings for over 10 years. For many of you, I'm sure that won't come as a surprise, but for many others who had never heard of Ash before they toured with Coldplay a couple years back, take note. Since 1995, Ash have been releasing a steady stream of ass kicking rock & roll records but for reasons no one can really understand, they have yet to really take off in the US. They gave it a shot with the release of Free All Angels on now defunct Kinetic Records back in '02 and experienced some moderate success, but they were still unable to rise to the superstar status they enjoy in the UK. Finding a new home at Record Collection for the release of their latest effort, Meltdown, the band are ready to have another go at it. The album was initially released in the UK last year to a firestorm of praise from the press and that trend should continue. With Meltdown, Ash have perfected the art of making pop/punk rock & roll music well out of the mold of the cookie cutter, dime a dozen pop/punk bands we see far too often today. Meltdown is dynamic like thermonuclear, addictive like crack rock and infectious like an airborne disease. The title track and first single is a scorcher that will embed itself into your brain like the dust particles onto the wax of your old vinyl collection when you go off to college and your mom puts them in the basement stacked on top of each other and then puts some heavy crap on top and, well... you get the idea (I'm not bitter, really). The album itself, in its original form, is well worth picking up for the sheer kick assitude it will provide, but in case you're already on the ball and purchased it is an import, we have some good news. The US release of Meltdown will have three bonus tracks, "Shockwave", "Solace" and "Cool It Down", in addition to a bonus DVD with five videos and a making of the video. After all this time, THIS will be the record that launches Ash into the spotlight in the US. I can't wait.

Ash
Record Collection

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Meltdown