WISHBONE ASH, one of the most important and influential rock bands in music history, has signed with Steamhammer/SPV. A new studio album will arrive in January 2020. The disc's lead single, "We Stand As One", has been scheduled for release in October/November 2019, exactly 50 years after the band's foundation and on time for the start of the group's global anniversary tour. Founder member, guitarist and vocalist Andy Powell promises "a real heavy rock anthem in the spirit of WISHBONE ASH classics such as 'The Warrior', featuring awesome guitar sounds that our fans will love." A video clip, scheduled to be shot during the group's show at London's O2 Academy, is also in the pipeline.
Powell and his three comrades-in-arms, guitarist Mark Abrahams and longstanding band members Bob Skeat (bass) and Joe Crabtree (drums), are currently at the studio in the U.S. to apply the finishing touches to their latest material. WISHBONE ASH has recorded 11 new numbers, at least 10 of which will feature on their yet untitled album.
Both Powell and Steamhammer/SPV A&R manager Olly Hahn are delighted with the signing. Powell says: "Germany has always been one of our most important markets, so it makes a lot of sense to sign with a record company such as SPV, which has a strong network of partners, knows WISHBONE ASH really well and also has its stylistic focus on classic rock music. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration." Hahn adds: "WISHBONE ASH have written music history not only with classics such as 'Argus', 'Live Dates' and 'There's The Rub', but also with tougher numbers such as on 'Twin Barrels Burning': they have consistently released outstanding albums for the past 50 years. So we're proud and happy to accompany and support this unique band during their anniversary year."