Published on November 27th, 2019 | by Guest Editor0
ASHLAND Premieres New Single “OMG”
Alternative rock darlings Ashland have shared an infectious new single, “OMG,” streaming now exclusively on Substream Magazine. The song comes from their new album, Over The Moon, out 12/13 via Rise Records. Pre-orders are available now at ashland.merchnow.com.
On the new song, the band shares: “’OMG’ is a humorous and frustrating response to that one person we all know who can’t seem to ever make up their mind.”
Fans were previously treated to the album’s title track, “Over The Moon,” and can catch both songs live as Ashland hits the stage with Our Last Night, I See Stars, and The Word Alive. The tour kicked off earlier this month, with shows still to come in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and more. Ashland will ring in 2020 at a special show with Motion City Soundtrack in Chicago on December 31st.
Hailing from a small-town in Illinois, Ashland took their name from a long-ago phenomenon that speaks to both destruction and transcendence. “My grandma told me a story about an old town that had been burned down by a fire and was renamed Ashland once it was rebuilt. We love the idea of beauty and growth coming from pain and struggle, and I think it really connects with the whole spirit of our band,” explains vocalist Asia Marie, who co-founded the band with Aaron Wood.
Ashland formed in 2014 after Aaron and Asia linked up through a Craigslist ad. Despite their shared passion for punk and post-hardcore, the two musicians came from wildly different backgrounds. Asia grew up singing in church, choir, and musicals and taught herself piano and guitar as a kid. Meanwhile Aaron took up guitar in fifth grade and played in bands all throughout high school. With Aaron describing the duo as “driven to the point of insanity,” the band soon began booking shows. They played every place they could: VFW halls, friends’ basements, the parking lot of a Hardee’s in nearby Springfield.
With their self-released EP Interim arriving in 2015, Ashland soon adopted a highly collaborative creative process by mining the songwriting material that Asia had secretly stored up for years. “She’d been hiding all these songs forever, and finally we pulled a ton of them out and started working on them,” Aaron recalls. “We’d had a strong chemistry from the beginning but taking a more collective approach to songwriting really helped refine our sound and set us on the path we’re on now.”
On Over the Moon, Ashland channel that spirit into songs spotlighting boldly inventive guitar work and radiant vocal presence. Produced by Kris Crummett (DG, Issues) and partly recorded with collaborator and friend Matthew Amelung (a producer/engineer who passed away in June 2019), the band’s Rise Records debut unfolds with an entirely original sound that merges perfect pop melodies, genre-bending experimentation, and a consistent element of rock-and-roll.
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
11/27 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
11/29 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/30 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
12/3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
12/4 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
12/6 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
12/7 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Heaven
12/8 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/31 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (w/Motion City Soundtrack)Tweet