Ash are a band who always have had a strong cult following. But I never understood why these guys aren’t much bigger. They played Bowery Ballroom last night, and although the room was packed, I had plenty of breathing room, which is not the case normally for sold out shows at the Bowery. But whatever, Ash came out and did their thing in glorious fashion. They stayed true to their best cuts, basically doing a run through of their greatest hits “Goldfinger”, “Girl From Mars”, “Shining Light”, “Burn Baby Burn”.
The genius of Tim Wheeler was in full focus, as his pure songwriting ability was on display in glorious fashion. The man knows how to rock and after 20 years in the business, the band does it better than most. They played a set nearing two hours that was a great look at a marvelous career.
We Are Scientists played a surprise opening set that saw them test out about 5 new songs, and then end with an enthusiastic version of “After Hours”. Reputante opened the show, and put on a nice display of songs that ranged from slow crooners, to 80s new wave shadow based dancers. It’s actually a recording collaboration between James Levy and Tim Wheeler. You can stream their self-titled debut here.
Ash and We Are Scientists got together for the encore (they call themselves WASH), and covered Mudhoney’s “Touch Me I’m Sick” and Weezer’s “Only In Dreams.” It was as awesome as it sounds.
Find galleries of all performances after the jump.
We Are Scientists