Stockport sensations NO HOT ASHES share another highly anticipated taste of their upcoming debut LP ‘Hardship Starship’ (out 16th August via Modern Sky UK) in the form of the second single to be taken from the album, ‘Extra Terrestrial’.
With dark-matter dense basslines, choruses designed to be shouted to the heavens and lyrics inspired by that telepathic connection you feel when you meet the one you love; ‘Extra Terrestrial’ sees the band take us intergalactic from the moment go.
Speaking about the track, No Hot Ashes say:
“Extra Terrestrial Is a song about relationships and knowing someone better than you know yourself. The constant fat bass lines matched with shouty choruses implore you to move. We were trying for something catchy with this one.”
As its title would suggest, these aren’t the only star-gazing moments to be found on upcoming album ‘Hardship Starship’. ‘Motion Sick’ dazzles with the reflective sheen of astronaut’s vizor; a track about loneliness of too much “space-cruising” away from your loved ones. “Paradise/Overdrive” makes the jump from the light-speed powered side one of the album to land with a slower, weightless proposition propelled by smooth jazz chord arrangements and an elating chorus about getting high. Astronomically, speaking.
Elsewhere the ‘Hardship Starship’ docks to observe a desolate, conflict ravaged, post-apocalyptic land, known to local inhabitants as… The United Kingdom. With his typical down-to-earth wit and charm, chief lyricist Isaac Taylor here addresses the economic inequality felt across the nation (’CAR’), ‘Trouble’ nods to violent crime and desperation, whereas ‘Indecision/Intermission’ provides an implosive big bang moment about Brexit and broken Britain; with ex-Imperial overlord David Cameron even making a “Guest Appearance” on the lattermost track.
‘Hardship Starship’ judders to a close with ‘Hey Casanova’, one of the band’s biggest sing-along moments to date with an accelerating drumbeat and sky scraping indie riffage setting a course for the stars with trailblazing style.
“This whole song is a fat riff with a fat ending.” Says Taylor on “Hey Casanova” , “We wanted to write something more in the style of the bands we grew up listening to and out came Hey Casanova. It’s a hard hitting song which ends with a huge guitar line and a tempo increase for good measure.”
‘Hardship Starship’ was produced by Chris Taylor (The Coral, Everything Everything, Ian Brown, Bill Ryder Jones) at Parr Street studios in Liverpool whom the band met in early 2018 whilst in the thick of demos and writing for the upcoming debut album, they formed an instant connection with Chris which can be felt throughout the whole record. It will be released on Modern Sky UK on 16th August 2019.
Following a landmark SOLD-OUT show at the 950 capacity Manchester Academy 2 last year (which sold out over a month before the show date) and recent sell out at Manchester’s AATMA (in which 150 tickets sold out in under 10 minutes), fans will have the chance to catch the band again in 2019 as they prepare for a spate of new UK dates this Autumn, including a triumphant hometown headline date at Manchester’s o2 Ritz.
TOUR DATES 2019
02 | Leicestershire, 110 Above Festival
17 | Liverpool, Jimmy’s
04 | Guildford, The Boileroom
05 | Southampton, The Joiners
06 | Bristol, The Louisiana
07 | Oxford, o2 Institute2
18 | Leeds, Oporto
19 | Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
20 | Newcastle, Think Tank? Underground
21 | Aberdeen, Drummonds
22 | Glasgow, King Tuts
26 | London, Hoxton Square B&K
27 | Manchester, o2 Ritz