Ash – Power-pop trio to receive Oh Yeah Legend Award
What you may need to know…
01. The tight-knit Northern scene continues to honour its trailblazers and forebears with the Oh Yeah Legend award, previously bestowed upon The Undertones, The Divine Comedy, Therapy? and Terri Hooley. This year, it’s the turn of Oh Yeah Music Centre namesakes Ash.
02. Potted story to save time: teenage Iron Maiden tribute band start playing power-pop in the venerated Northern tradition, fetch local management attention, rocket straight to the top after their GCSEs off the back of a genius string of three-minute bijoux; burn out and still make a low-key gem of a difficult second album; return to form and conquers the world; do effectively whatever they please thereafter, including a series of alphabetically-labelled 7″ singles released fortnightly for a year, and setting up a studio in New York.
03. Like there’s anyone left in the country that needs any further info on Oh Yeah (streaming above), or any other of that immortal run of singles in the mid-Nineties-to-early-noughties.
04. The band will be honoured by the music centre named for their globe-straddling single, at a special ceremony before they perform their album 1977 (from start to finish) for its twentieth anniversary, at the Mandela Hall in Belfast on November the 11th. Tickets on sale now.
Shonen Knife – power-trio pop from Japan
Here’s what you may need to know…
01. “When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical nine-year-old girl at a Beatles concert”, said Kurt Cobain of this veteran outfit, currently celebrating their 35th (!) anniversary.
02. The band came together in 1981 after founder member Naoko Yamano fell in love with the music of the Ramones. A deal with pop tastemakers K Records happened in 1985, which saw career album Burning Farm released Stateside.
03. The following three decades saw them tour with Nirvana on their Nevermind launch jaunt, as well as with Sonic Youth and the Breeders. They’ve played Lollapalooza and Reading, recorded sessions for the late, great John Peel, and even cut a tune for The Powerpuff Girls.
04. They’re hitting Ireland as part of their European tour next month. See them at Whelan’s in Dubland on the 30th, at Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Fest on May 1st, and in Cork’s Crane Lane Theatre on May 2nd (in a free show!).
Verdict: Broadsheet caught them in 2014 when they were on tour. Nirvana connection and their history aside, they are a savage live proposition. Get to ’em if you can.
Photo: Akira Shibata
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