Greetings readers! You are about to embark on a journey with the band Ash. (If you are reading this and do not have the slightest idea of whoÂ or what ash are, then proceed to watching this video. Now something to make this journey all the more special is that here at Randomville we will be conducting exclusive reviews of each of these singles. What makes this even more special is that we will also be using input from the fans of the band as well. So now that you’re well versed into what’s going on, just sit back and prepare to have a bunch of songs to be stuck in your head (and heart) all day long!
“Do you Remember when you were a Girl From Mars?” Or better yet do you remember when that band from Downpatrick, Northern Ireland captured your heart with their infectious singles? Well those times are back. No, scrub that. They are gone, LONG gone. But thankfully we still have the band that is Ash, and to say that they’re better than ever is like calling Empire Strikes Back just “ok.”
For those who are reading this and have said â€œwhat?â€ or â€œum?â€ you are in for a very wicked awakening. After releasing their 2007 release Twilight of the Innocents, the trio have decided to scrub the formula of creating albums and instead: create only singles.
The result is the band creating their own record label (Atomic Hearts Records of New York City to be exact) and embark on their latest and most inventive venture yet: The A-Z singles collection. The first release from this venture is their latest single “True Love 1980.”
Now their previous single “Return of the White Rabbit” (which is available for free at the band’s website generated mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. It was highly experimental but led fans to ask, can Ash still capture our hearts? This led to the creation of one of Ash’s most playful and lightest singles, which almost feels as if the band were listening to those doubts right outside your door. True Love 1980 is a great example of Ash being adventurous with their sound but also reflecting heavily on their infectious pop overtones and correctly utilizing what made people swoon for them in the first place. Tim Wheeler’s voice reminisces of “Girl From Mars,” “Burn Baby Burn,” and “A Life Less Ordinary”. The synths blend seamlessly with the guitar chords. The bass and drums stay mostly contemporary but still emphasize the untainted form the band is playing in. Simply put: if you ever wanted a song to be stuck in your head and not make you take a twelve-foot power drill to it than this is certainly the track.
Fellow Ash fan Patrizia Villotti (from Italy) had this to say on the song
“It was Love at first sight! That is what will happen to you when you’ll listen to “True Love 1980.” That is what happened to me few months ago, when I first heard it in Portsmouth. This song has been in my mind since then. I hoped for someone to post the live version on YouTube so I could have the opportunity to listen to it every time I wanted to and thanks to user KayG1977x that happened. I found Ash’s music and words cannot explain how amazing that was. She ended her summary by adding this last thing for Rick McMurray (drummer): “We are two fools who stand divided; you and I should be united!”
Her last words of her summary was that “This song makes me proud to be an Ash fan!â€