Ash are one of those bands that tend to tour relentlessly, always working and always doing something. They are one of the few from the 90s Britpop era to have kept going without any big breakups or huge reunions which are clearly for the cash. That said, there have been some line-up changes over the years, and it has been a while since they toured with an album full of new material.
Despite the dreich, miserable Sunday weather to contend with, Ash were full of life at Glasgow’s O2 ABC last weekend. Whilst the purpose of the tour is mainly to give their new album a live outing, there was a worry that their back catalogue of greats would be lost and replaced with newbies. There was no need to fret, as the balance of tracks was just right. Opening with early favourite, “Lose Control” it was clear that the crowd was in for a treat.
In a setlist of around 20 songs, there were slightly more oldies than new tracks which made for some top crowd pleasing moments. The big hitters like “Jack Names The Planets”, “A Life Less Ordinary” and “Orpheus” were peppered with tracks from latest LP, “Kablammo!”
It was particularly great to hear “Cocoon”, the lead single from their new album, which sounded fantastic live. It didn’t seem out of place in the set, sounding like a classic 90s hit and all.
The later half of the gig was where things really took off, with a cover of “Teenage Kicks” followed by massive sing along hits, “Shining Light” and “Girl From Mars” before the band left the stage.
Then, just when you didn’t think the gig couldn’t have been rounded off any better, the 4 song encore knocked it out the park. “Walking Barefoot” was ridiculously apt with its lyrics about rain that just won’t go, followed by “Uncle Pat” and “Wildsurf”. Rounding off the night was, of course, the bands best loved hit in Scotland (and probably all of The UK) “Burn Baby Burn”.