Interview: BLACKASH

A space rock producer, an acid house pioneer, a dark lord of the DNB club scene, the driving force of a far eastern sleaze rock outfit and a shape shifting couturier prophet.

Occasionally, from what seems like out of nowhere a band surfaces which raises attention due to the music, and the music alone. Birmingham combo, pronounced BLACK-ASH, on the release of their debut Black Witch EP (Swordfish Records) have been garnering airplay and acclaim on both 6 Music’s Gideon Coe show and Planet Rock’s Mojo Rocks show, hosted by Mojo magazine’s editor in-chief Phil Alexander, especially with the lead track ‘Black Witch’.

A simmering fusion of The Cramps fuzzed up punk rockabilly drive, Hawkwind’s whirling heady space psych rock explorations, Spaceman 3’s repetitive drone and the pulsing beat of rave as a backbone to produce essential night club, trippy dance psych rock. It is a sound both wonderfully refreshing, comfortingly familiar, and desperately needed party escapism. Here at Echoes and Dust HQ we sent over some questions to hopefully provide some background on the where and how’s of the story so far, and where the future may be heading.

(((o))): How long have you been together and how did the band form?

BLACKASH: Black hole psychedelic super group BLACKASH (pronounced black-ash) are the remnants left by the “Great Psychedelic Bonfire”. They are the amalgamation of their previous incarnations. A space rock producer, an acid house pioneer, a dark lord of the DNB club scene, the driving force of a far eastern sleaze rock outfit and a shape shifting couturier prophet. Forged in the furnaces of their Midlands industrial history and the euphoria of rave, their personas fuse to create a decapod monster set to feed the appetite of Birmingham’s heavy heritage.

(((o))): There is a mix of rave/space rock/metal in your sound. Was this your original intention or did it just evolve as the band started writing?

BLACKASH: We had no intention, it’s not our choice, the universe provides.

(((o))): What would you say are the band’s key influences?

BLACKASH: The magic of one of the oldest and largest living organisms on the planet.

(((o))): You have a gig in Birmingham approaching, are you planning to play more shows in other parts of the U.K.?

BLACKASH: We have been contacted.

(((o))): You have been getting some airplay on 6 Music’s Gideon Coe and Phil Alexander’s Mojo Rocks on Planet Rock. That must be very encouraging?

BLACKASH: In the woods there grew a tree, a fine fine tree was he, on that tree there was a limb and on that limb there was a branch and on that branch there was a nest and in that nest there was an egg and in that egg there was a bird and from that bird a feather came and of that feather was a bed on that bed there was a girl and on that girl there was a man and from that man there was a seed and from that seed there was a boy and from that boy there was a man and for that man there was a grave. From that grave, there grew a tree.

(((o))): The Black Witch EP is rather visually well packaged. Were the band behind the design? Does the band have a D.I.Y. attitude?

BLACKASH: Yes, we have our hands all over everything we do.

(((o))): What are your plans for the immediate and longer future?

BLACKASH: Play / make / create / indulge.

BLACKASH Headline a club show at Sensateria, Centrala, Digbeth in Birmingham on 10th December 2016. (See Facebook event page here).

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