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Hailing from Stockport, Greater Manchester, No Hot Ashes have been causing quite a stir on the music scene with a string of infectious singles, including Easy Peeler, Bellyaches, and Eight Till Late, that have been played by the likes of BBC 6 Music & Radio X and received a combined total of amassed over 3.5 million plays on Spotify. They’ve not been doing too bad on the live scene either, bagging support slots with the likes of Blossoms, Spring King, The Amazons and Prides and featuring some of the UK’s finest festivals, including Y NOT Festival, Isle of Wight and Kendal Calling.

Following a SOLD-OUT show at the 950 capacity Manchester Academy 2 last year and recent sell out at Manchester’s AATMA, the band will head out on the road to promote their recently released debut album, Hardship Starship. We catch up with the band before their show at Think Tank? Underground in Newcastle on Friday 20th September.

Describe your sound.
Post-pop-disco-funk with guitars.

What’s your debut album Hardship Starship about?
The album is the product of our whole career to date. As the title suggests it touches on the typical mundane chores that come with life and living in the north but also touches on the ambitions of leaving and getting away into space from it all.

Parts of the album observe a desolate, conflict-ravaged, post-apocalyptic land’ i.e. The United Kingdom. Do you think that music can play a part in putting things right again?
Music/art has always reflected the sociopolitical climate that it finds itself in, but I think by the same token it also influences cultural change. Music has always been a great cultural connector and it’s broken down more walls than parliament ever will alone.

The album is produced by Chris Taylor (The Coral, Everything Everything, Ian Brown, Bill Ryder Jones). How did you meet? What has he brought to the album?
We met Chris by chance when we first started recording some demos for the album at Parr Street. We instantly felt a connection and we knew he was the person to produce the album. He brings a wealth of experience, amazing keys/synth skills and all with an infectious personality. We all had an inspirational time recording the album and Chris gave us skills to better ourselves as songwriters.

You’re performing at Think Tank? Underground in Newcastle on 20th September. What can people expect from your performance?
A lot of dancing, lots of new tunes and probably some falling over.

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