“SONG FOR EWE”
with  RICK McMURRAY of
ASH

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“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a drummer whose work I first loved since John Peel played tracks from their first album “Trailer” in his 1994 Festive Fifty – a countdown which I had on a well-played C90 or two and which I can recite the order from.

On a visit to legendary PR man Anton Brookes’ Bad Moon PR, I saw some of the band reclining on a sofa, but amazingly given my years at MTV/MTV2, this is the first time I’ve had the proper pleasure…currently on the 20th anniversary tour of their album “1977”, with his “song for ewe” – from indie rock icons Ash, it’s the most awesome Rick McMurray!

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The videos of Ash permeated my consciousness during ten years at MTV, and in particular “Oh Yeah” takes me right back to when I started working for MTV Europe’s Alternative Nation, but I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for this one…(thanks Peelie RIP)…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6qqbsdFTv0

Ash have an ear for a single unlike most other bands Buzzcocks aside, and they haven’t been afraid of pushing the form with the likes of the A-Z singles series in 2009, a bi-weekly stunt which in terms of output one-upped that of the Wedding Present’s hit a month from 1990 (got to love such punky quirk).

I was intrigued to find out who Rick would choose, and it turns out to be someone with a strong personal connection, a band whose drummer stood in for him during paternity leave from Ash in 2011 – so without further ado, here’s Rick’s “song for ewe”…

“Here’s a little something for you. I’ve had a hard time picking one song from these guys; check out their debut if you have time. It’s so good.

“The Ballad of Burnt Dave” by Lafaro

A song by one of my favourite all time bands. From Belfast the mighty Lafaro somehow managed not to come to more mainstream attention and split a few years ago after releasing two amazing albums.

Perhaps the metaphor of having a dead duck on their debut album sums up a lot about them. This song showcases what they did better than most bands. Huge riffs, pounding drums that would give even Dave Grohl a few sleepless nights, and some tongue in cheek lyrics delivered with a snarl and a wink. I could have chosen pretty much anything from their debut.

It’s a record I keep coming back to again and again and it still gives me the shivers. Herb, Dave, Alan and Johnny; you were up there with the best.”

CHEERS RICK! YOU RULE.

YOU CAN CATCH ASH TOURING 1977 SOON, DETAILS ON THEIR OFFICIAL SITE BELOW:

http://www.ash-official.com/