Ash took the stage during Hop Farm, and apparently, paid off the production staff in milkshakes and haggis to fill the stage with a constant stream of fake fog. Maybe since they are Irish, they wanted to feel at home because, you know, that famous Irish fog. I'm stretching.
Last time I saw Ash was in 2005 when they toured with tool masters The Bravery. Back then, they were a four-piece and promoting their 2004 effort, Meltdown. I remember seeing them during my college years when their brand of power pop prowess from 1977 was like a revelation to an impressionable kid like myself.
Now, in their 15th year of existence, Ash is back as a three-piece with Charlotte Heatherly getting the boot and setting up shop with Bat for Lashes. The band's latest endeavor is a series of 26 singles called the A-Z Series. You see because the English alphabet has 26 letters, so that's how it works. They'll release a new single either via digital, vinyl or CD every two weeks starting in September.
At Hop Farm, they still tear through their super-accelerated pop songs like a hyper-teen. One of the new songs they played is called "Return of White Rabbit".