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Ash, the mega Star Wars fans and headliners of the now legendary #Cantina gig (co-organised by Fantha Tracker Martin Keeler) have announced that they’ll release a new studio album later this year.

According to website TeamRock it’ll be titled Islands (a reference to Ahch-to??) and will arrive on 18th May via Infectious Music – and to celebrate the news, the Northern Irish band are streaming the first single, called Buzzkill.

The song features guest vocals from Damien O’Neill and Mickey Bradley of Northern Irish legends The Undertones.

Vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler explains: “The day I wrote Buzzkill, it took me a while to stop laughing because it’s so fun, dumb and full of unnecessary swearing.

“We used to know a band called Buzzkill in Belfast in the 90s and I think their name has been in my mind for all that time wanting to get into a song.

“Having seen The Undertones playing a couple of times recently, I was guiltily thinking how much the backing vocals I’d written for Buzzkill were mimicking their style.

“So I thought it would only be right to ask Damien and Mickey to sing on it and we were honoured when that they said yes, despite all the filthy cussing. It’s a fun song and will hopefully ignite a few mosh-pits for us this year.”

Ash will also be appearing on the bill for Live At Leeds on May 5 and at the BBC Biggest Weekend Festival, Belfast, on May 26.

Eagle-eyed Fantha Tracks readers may also spot a track on the album entitled ‘It’s A Trap’ – an ode to Ackbar’s famous quote?