While some of you might be more familiar with Wrexham because of its football club ownership, the indie-rockers, Jonny Ash, hail from there, too. We caught up to chat about nothing but the music.
RECORD WEEKLY’S INTERVIEW WITH JONNY ASH
Hi there, how’s it going, guys?
We’re still currently in a turkey/Peroni hangover but, besides that, pretty good, cheers.
Tell us about yourselves — when and how did you form the band?
We’re Jonny Ash, an indie-rock band from Wrexham, North Wales. We’ve all known of each other for years but, for some reason, it never occurred to us to start a band until we were faced with a national lockdown in 2020. So, yeah, it was a slow start for us haha.
Which artists have influenced your sound the most?
Our main influences are the big ones such as The Stone Roses, Oasis, Kasabian and The Seahorses. In our new track, ‘Disco’, there are some harmony guitars included as well, which took a big inspiration from Thin Lizzy.
The past two years (as if it’s been that long!) have been arduous and a bit bonkers for the music industry — how have you coped?
With gigging out the picture, making the most out of social media and radio play has been the focus. We’ve managed to be played on big radio stations like BBC Radio Wales, XS Manchester and Amazing Radio. It’s been nice to get some recognition in that form.
What have been your highlights as a band since restrictions eased mid-2021?
We’ve been able to get a lot done since restrictions have been eased. Working with This Feeling to play a sold-out gig to 200 people at EBGBS in Liverpool was no doubt the highlight. It’s so great to be able to actually have people finally together and singing your music back to you.
Talk us through your upcoming tune, ‘Disco’.
We’re really excited to release our new track, ‘Disco’. As a band, it’s one of our favourite tunes to play live, based on the interaction we get from our audiences. It’s usually saved towards the end of our set because of how well It goes down, regardless of where we’re playing. We’re buzzing to just get it out there and we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do.
Any other news you’d like to share?
We’ve got some really exciting gigs coming up early this year. We’re supporting Shaun Ryder at the Parish in Wrexham on 18th March, and we’ve got a headline gig ourselves at the Parish on 26th February. So, make sure you get yourself down if you can for some Jägerbombs with us and Shaun Ryder!