Ash

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

This indie band from Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, first began to make headway into the mainstream in 1994. Playing sprightly, youthful punk pop, the average age of the members was only 17 when they released their debut record. Rick ‘Rock’ McMurray (11 July 1975, Larne, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland; drums), Tim Wheeler (b. 4 January 1977, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland; vocals/guitar) and Mark Hamilton (b. 21 March 1977, Eire; bass) were still studying for their A-levels when that single, ‘Jack Names The Planets’, was released in a limited edition of 1, 000 copies. Both radio and press were immediately wooed by their snappy, commercial sound. Their appeal easily translated to an American alternative climate, where every A&R executive was searching for a new Green Day, and tantalizing offers followed to sign with Reprise Records (who eventually attained their signatures) or Interscope Records. The band elected to fly to...

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