Prelude EP (https://ashesuk.bandcamp.com/)
Today’s new band is Ashes, a three piece who describe themselves as a “hard rock”Â band from around Ashford in Kent. Chris Hearn’s been listening to their most recent release & sees potential.
According to their brief PR email, “We pull influences from all over the rock spectrum from punk to heavy metal.”Â Apparently they have been together for one year. Other than that, there isn’t a whole lot of information I can find on these guys other than that they are Steve Hertz on vocals and guitar, Steve Ward on bass and Si Woodhams on drums.
Anyway, this EP is a good start, and with hard work and dedication these guys have a bright future. They still sound a bit timid and need a bit more confidence, but the elements are here for a killer record eventually. It should be noted that this EP was put together primarily to give promoters an idea of what they sound like, so, it’s understandably a bit rough around the edges. But you know what, despite that, this is pretty good stuff.
To me, they sound quite mature. I don’t know their ages, but they look as though they are young dudes based on their pictures. Steve Hertz on vocals, however, sounds well beyond his years with a solid, deep voice. It reminds me a lot of Mike Ness of Social Distortion who always had this booming, mature voice and style even when he was really young. In fact, “Bad Boy Blues”Â has a very Mike Ness/Social Distortion feel to it.
“Bad Hatter”Â has more of a Black Sabbath style metal vibe going on, but with very theatrical, almost Rocky Horror Picture Show feel in the vocals and lyrics. Here, Hertz gets a chance to show off some of his guitar skills. He’s pretty good on that thing! “Mystery”Â is a dirty, sleazy rawk song, but is probably the weakest of the four on the EP in terms of the band gelling. It’s still a good song though. I like it. The “single”Â is “Bloodsucker”Â. Good, fun blues tinged rawk with some metal influence. It’s a good choice as a single because it is probably the strongest song here. And, there is some screaming. I always like screaming.
All in all, I have to say I liked this EP and this band. Over time, if these guys stick it out and stay serious, there is a lot of potential. I wish them all the luck in the world. The building blocks are here with “Prelude”Â. Now it’s up to them to build on them! I look forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.
All words by Chris Hearn. You can read more from Chris on LTW here.