Saturday, February 03, 2018

Sing & Tell :: No Hot Ashes

Another formidable talent to emerge from Stockport, Greater Manchester, No Hot Ashes already have a string of infectious singles in their repertoire including ‘Easy Peeler’, ‘Cool Cat’, and ‘Eight Till Late’. With continued support across radio from the likes of BBC 6 Music and Radio X, major support slots with Blossoms, Spring King, The Amazons and Prides around the UK, and major festival appearances at the likes of Reading Festival, Y NOT Festival and Kendal Calling have seen the band already amass over a million plays on Spotify.

Who are you?
I am Isaac Taylor, lead singer with No Hot Ashes from Stockport.

Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today?

Our journey began in Matt’s (drummer) garage around 2014. Back then we were using CD racks as mic stands and our mums used to drop us off at gigs. Four years later we’re now selling out 800+ capacity shows in our hometown of Manchester and have been travelling round the UK playing shows. It’s been an interesting journey so far.

Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

There’s an eclectic range of influence throughout the band. Sounds cliché but it’s just the truth. We have never tried to sound like anyone else but if we had to explain the style, it’s kind of a melting pot of indie, disco, funk, hip-hop rock, sugar coated into pop songs. To name a few influences, the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, Nile Rodgers, Parliament, Kool & The Gang etc…

Explain the production and writing process behind your songs

We’ve pretty much kept the writing process the same for the past few years. Normally me and Luigi (guitarist) will create the bones of a song and bring it to full band practices at which point the rhythm section can add their parts to make the song NHA. Since 2014 we have worked with our close friend Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Twang, The Sherlocks, JAWS) and have recorded all of our songs at his Magic Garden Studio V2 & V3. Gavin and his assistant Joe have completely changed the way we produce our music. We now think of aspects about songs much earlier on in the process and have become very comfortable in the studio now. They never fail to surprise us and we love bringing them our songs and letting them push us as musicians to produce the best music we can.

Tell us a little about your new single.

'Skint Kids Disco' is our latest single and title track of our upcoming 'Skint Kids Disco' EP (due for release on March 30 via Modern Sky UK). It was an incredibly fun track to write and record. We wrote this song with every intention of writing an outright disco-pop anthem. Skint Kids Disco incorporates a multitude of sounds and elements that are reminiscent of the music styles we love as individual musicians. Sleazy guitar tones, fat funk bass lines and big disco beats.

Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?

Certainly, a list of our upcoming 2018 show is below:
FEB 08 – London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
MAR 01 – Leeds, The Lending Room
MAR 09 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
MAR 10 – Bristol, Mr Wolf’s
MAR 31 – Manchester, Academy 2 (headline show)

How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?

We’ve had a really busy start with just releasing 'Eight Till Late' in December, and 'Skint Kids Disco'. The fans have been waiting a long time for new music and it has been great to see how well the new material has gone down. We can’t wait to release the full EP. Gig-wise, we are hoping 2018 is a busy one for us. We have around eight dates around the UK booked in so far and plenty more to be confirmed. We are an out and out live band and love the live shows and the travelling to new cities.

Where can we hear more of your music?

You can listen to our music and all the major digital platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud.

What social media platforms can we find you on?

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

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