- 18 May 18
More pop-punk kicks from Northern legends.
There’s a few deviations from the power-pop blueprint: sticksman Rick Murray gives a nice disco beat to ‘Confessions In The Pool’; the slow-burning ‘All That I Have Left’ has an impressive atmospheric feel; and Wheeler showcases his sweetest croon on fab ’60s-style ballad ‘Don’t Need Your Love’.
For the most part, though, pulverising punk-pop is the order of the day, particularly on the catchy single ‘Buzzkill’, featuring Damian O’Neill and Mickey Bradley of The Undertones. Overall, while not a classic in the vein of 1977, Islands will more than keep the Ash faithful happy.
Record label: Infectious
Listen to: 'Buzzkill'
Overall rating: 7/10