September 26, 2022

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Ashland ‘I’ EP | New music from Ashland

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Ashland are returning to their roots with their very first launch given that Above The Moon. With their new EP I, the duo supply pop synths backed by intensive rock progressions and share their most vulnerable selves. The band are teaming up with Alternate Press to give enthusiasts a initial listen to the EP.

Composed of Asia Marie and Aaron Wooden, the two went quiet in regards to new audio following they dropped their previous LP. Exactly where ordinarily the months soon after the launch would have been employed to promote the LP on tour, the band experienced to pause all options when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Following using time for some self-reflection, Ashland made a decision it was time to create far more music—but on their have conditions.

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As their first independent launch considering that their 2015 debut, Interim, the duo are likely back to their beginnings with the EP. Releasing all the disappointment they’ve expert more than the previous two yrs, Ashland’s EP is psychological and relatable. Covering own subjects these types of as depression and stress, the team use synth beats and rock sequences to create dynamic atmospheres that pull you into one more planet.

Check out what Ashland have to say about their creating method, the inspirations guiding the EP and extra beneath.

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“Misery” was the to start with song you introduced since 2019’s In excess of The Moon. Can you describe your time amongst releases and any major influences for the EP? 

ASIA MARIE: We truthfully acquired so hectic there for a when in 2018/2019 that we quite considerably stopped producing together, which is why we dropped our first seem on Over The Moon. I wrote just about the full album by itself, and even though that was a fantastic experience, it wasn’t Ashland.

Then the pandemic strike appropriate after we unveiled About The Moon. It was a enormous bummer due to the fact we couldn’t do any of the typical items that go with putting an album out, like tour or even practice jointly. This pressured us to stage back and consider about who we are and what we want as a band. This [I] EP occurred normally as a consequence of that, and our rock roots resurfaced, which is where by we really feel most at residence. 

So, it is been definitely refreshing to get back to where we arrived from with a minor knowledge sprinkled on top. “Misery” seemed like the perfect music to appear again with.

How did you decide that now was the proper time to launch the EP?

MARIE: This was anything that seriously just roundhouse kicked us proper in the faces with just one of our greatest mates/longtime producer passing absent from cancer, our departure from our label [and] the pandemic hitting all all around the similar time. We ended up like, “What are we doing? What is the fucking stage of all this?” And we realized if we’re not loving it, if our passion is not the driving pressure, then we’re not undertaking it appropriate. Which is when we recognized that the passion just will come from the songs. From the crafting to recording to releasing and touring. The tunes comes obviously, and when it does, it’s time to place it out and just love it. None of the other BS genuinely matters.

“Choose To Live” explores feelings of despair and how difficult it can be to pull on your own out of it. How do you hope your new music will influence listeners? 

MARIE: Gentleman, that track. I try to remember sitting down to publish the lyrics, and I mentioned to myself, “Don’t maintain back again. Say just what you want to say and just see what comes about.” And that is exactly what I did. I know some of the lyrics may possibly appear explicit or triggering, but that’s why I wished to use them. As a person who has long-phrase encounter with depression, nervousness and [being] a survivor of two suicide tries, I want to be a section of normalizing that language so folks can really feel additional comfortable talking up when they are having difficulties or see another person who seems like they might need aid. It’s in no way straightforward or comfy to communicate about or listen to, but it’s serious and so a lot more popular than folks know. I want our listeners who are struggling to be encouraged and know that there is hope for them. I want our listeners who don’t struggle with these points to know that their voices, their eyes and their ears participate in an significant role in this fight.

Your songs has a whole lot of pop affect, which was widespread on Around The Moon. The EP has a heavier rock vibe. What encouraged the modify? Is it anything you’ll proceed to think about going ahead? 

AARON Wooden: I assume our tunes will generally be affected by pop simply because we both love the output features that pop delivers to the desk. As for the improve, substantially of our previously releases were being really rock-leaning. Going again to our roots for this EP felt like the most pure and honest edition of ourselves. While we will absolutely crank out some sluggish jams in the long run, I really do not see the all round rock vibe ever fully going away once again. When we started putting collectively these heavier tunes, it felt like a extensive-missing piece of us experienced been set back in which it was meant to be.

As your to start with impartial release considering that 2015, how has the procedure for this EP differed from earlier types?

Wood: All the things was up to us this time all over, which was both equally liberating and terrifying at the exact time. It was tricky not to get lost in the countless choices. Thankfully, we have our amazing manager Jenn, who allows tutorial us through all the conclusions we need to have to make. Honestly, while, I feel the most important variation with this release has been the actuality that we’re in the center of a pandemic. The standard avenue for releases is to set out music and then tour as tricky as you can. With no tours going on, it is pressured a good deal of bands, together with ourselves, to find other means of developing engagement without physically likely from town to city and generating that in-person connection.

Now that you’ve dropped the EP, does the band have any other programs for the relaxation of the 12 months?

Wooden: For the foreseeable future, we’ll be releasing material all-around this EP. The system is to preserve crafting in the meantime, so possibly we’ll put out far more new music later this calendar year.

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