Do you remember the time I knew a girl from Mars? Probably not, since that Ash hit was from eons ago. But Ash frontman Tim Wheeler does remember, checking in via phone from London. "It's been such a long time since we toured the States," he says of the delay. The Irish lads last dropped pop brilliance on our shores nearly eight years ago — back when then-co-headliners the Bravery were still slotted as "the next big thing." No dice there, but Ash are still maintaining. "Friendship helps," Wheeler says of the alt-rock band's two-decade longevity. "It's different when you have a bunch of schoolmates. Also, it's all we ever wanted to do." It appears to be working; 2009 saw Ash put out a new song every two weeks, part of their now legendary A-Z Series, just out on triple vinyl. "It's one agenda, and it's been a great interaction with the fans throughout the whole year — creatively, for us, it's been a great process as well just to make that much music," Wheeler adds. More important, what of that whole Star Wars obsession the band has been forever associated with? "Empire would be my favorite, then A New Hope, then Return of the Jedi, and then maybe the last two, and the one with Jar Jar Binks — I really lost interest with that one." But you figured that already.
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