Slinking back into your earshot with a criminally catchy new single, Stockport’s smoothest operators - NO HOT ASHES - unleash their latest cut: “Bad Crowd”.
You know that crowd hanging around your street that you were warned about, well they want a word with you…
“We are the Bad Crowd and I wonder why I cannot see, I think and drink, talk politics and wonder why I never dream” - No Hot Ashes howl from their soapbox on this empowering and relatable new release.
‘Bad Crowd’ is a rallying cry for the youthquake generation. An anti-anthem that sticks two firm fingers up to the ‘hug-a-hoody’ brigade and all their faux ASBO-associations and cartoonish cliches of what it is to be young and working class in the 21st Century.
Pillowy bass lines plunge and squalling elastic strings snap and tear across this gnarly, nihilistic, groove-ridden grinder of a track. The third and latest single to be taken from the forthcoming ‘Skint Kids Disco’ EP, finds the band never sounding more focused in their vision to break free, nor frustrated with the rat run that is modern Britain.
Speaking about the track, frontman Isaac Taylor says:
“Bad Crowd allowed us as a band to experiment using different instrumentation and that was a lot of fun in the studio. The strings and tempo of the song add a slice of something new to the No Hot Ashes discography; it's our disco-funk ballad. The lyrics explore being poor, feeling unmotivated and embodying the "bad crowd" your mother warned you about.”
No Hot Ashes will release their eagerly anticipated new EP release ‘Skint Kids Disco’ via the Modern Sky label on 30 March 2018 and you can listen to the whole EP in full here and now. Also featuring warmly received former singles ”Eight Till Late” and the buoyant title track from which the EP takes its name, the band’s latest collection marries their contemporary disco-twisting sound with Taylor’s arch social commentary to deliver their most confident and utterly infectious material to date.
The EP was recorded and mixed at the new Magic Garden studios in Wolverhampton with help from producer and sonic wizard, Gavin Monaghan (The Sherlocks, Jaws, Robert Plant). A tried and tested relationship that clearly works creatively and mutually for both band and producer, No Hot Ashes found themselves bouncing ideas off one another more so than ever in the recording of this particular track. As Taylor explains:
“We've always recorded with Gavin, but never felt we had enough time to experiment with sounds. With this song and the EP generally, we found that both us and Gavin had lots of time to really work at every nitty element of the song and you can hear the difference that's made.”
Another formidable talent to emerge from Stockport, Greater Manchester in recent times, No Hot Ashes already have a string of infectious singles in their repertoire including ‘Easy Peeler’, ‘Cool Cat’, and ‘Eight Till Late’. With continued support across radio from the likes of BBC 6 Music and Radio X, major support slots with Blossoms, Spring King, The Amazons and Prides around the UK, and major festival appearances at the likes of Reading Festival, Y NOT Festival and Kendal Calling have seen the band already amass over a million plays on Spotify. Word is spreading fast, so much so that the band were even asked to perform on hit BBC series ‘The A-Word’.
Following a landmark SOLD-OUT show at the 650 capacity Club Academy venue in Manchester just before Christmas, fans will have the chance to catch the band again in 2018 as they announce a crop of new UK dates including a now huge show for the new year at Manchester Academy 2 (31 Mar - now also SOLD OUT) and across the UK throughout March / April, plus at a series of festival appearances over Spring/Summer 2018 including Hit The North Festival (6th May), Mosborough Festival (2nd June) and Kendal Calling (27th / 29th July) - full dates and details below.
TOUR DATES 2018
31st / Academy 2 / Manchester / Headline - SOLD OUT
14th Nambucca / London
19th Chameleon Arts Cafe / Nottingham
20th The Flapper / Birmingham
21st The Cookie / Leicester
26th The Venue / Derby
27th Zanzibar / Liverpool
5th Sound City / Liverpool
6th Hit The North / Newcastle
12th Close Up Festival / London
24th Lending Room / Leeds
2nd Mosborough Festival / Sheffield
27th / 29th Kendal Calling / Cumbria