Ash Avenue | And Then We Ignite

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And Then We Ignite

by Ash Avenue

With great pop sensibilities and a keen knack for writing catchy melodies, Ash Avenue makes refreshingly original, contemporary pop/rock music with vintage tones and modern hooks.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mistake My Home
3:51 $0.99
2. Collapse
4:29 $0.99
3. Disposable King
5:06 $0.99
4. New Year's Day
3:35 $0.99
5. Trash Romance
3:51 $0.99
6. Nothing
3:47 $0.99
7. Blonde & Blue
3:39 $0.99
8. Rise & Shine
3:47 $0.99
9. Fade To Gray
3:31 $0.99
10. The Morning After
3:16 $0.99
11. On A Cloud
5:08 $0.99
12. Reprise
4:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ash Avenue may have only been together, collectively, since April of 2005, but their history spans over a decade. Rob Merz, Jim Brennan and Chad Noyes met in college at Iowa State University in 1994. They immediately clicked over a mutual love for music and quickly started playing in a few bands together, forming their first successful band, Good Things in 1996.

After a few years of touring, Good Things, split up due to members relocating to separate cities. But in 2002, Rob, Jim and Chad all ended up in Chicago and hooked up to start something new. As fate would have it, Jim was living with a friend’s younger brother, Johnny Alletto. Johnny was the lead singer of the cover band Jank, was a trained accapella singer and had been performing acoustic shows for several years around the Chicago-land area. They also had the good fortune to find Eric Ellis as a drummer. Eric was new to Chicago, but that didn't stop him from being the secret marketing weapon to get the Ash Avenue name out around the city.

The five of them hit it off and started jamming on some new music, and after a couple months, a good collection of an album’s-worth of songs had been born. They decided to name themselves after where it all started ... Ash Avenue; the street where Rob, Chad and Jim lived in college.

Ash Avenue's debut album, “And Then We Ignite”, is a hook-heavy, upbeat album containing 12 songs injected with intricate instrumentation, thought-provoking lyrics and dynamic vocals. In addition to the band’s usual electric guitar/bass line-up, the inclusion of Hammond B3 organs, Wurlitzer and Rhodes keyboards, mandolins and analog synths has fused Ash Avenue's modern sound with a classic, vintage vibe. Songs such as “Collapse”, “Trash Romance” and “Disposable King” are guaranteed to resonate long after you hear the final chord and has already to grabbed quite a following, along with some rave reviews:

“Breezy melodies and thoughtful lyrics make this a band worth checking out.”
- Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times

“Ash Avenue comes out of Chicago with a roots alternative rock and vintage sound that defines the band. “And Then We Ignite” is a warm collection of catchy songs and reason for the bands growing popularity.”
-; Coca-Cola’s January Rock Artist of the Month

“Pure pop pleasure ... with their clean vocal melodies and harmonies combined with simple hooks and tinges of organs, mandolins and synths.”
- Carter Moss, Illinois Entertainer

“Hit radio's loss is your gain here: 12 tracks of quality tunes that straddle the line between power pop and what is now called "adult alternative". "Mistake Me Home" gets things going with a driving sound that's somewhere between the Gin Blossoms and the poppier moments of The Replacements; "Disposable King" is a mid-tempo beauty. "Trash Romance" might have Jakob Dylan wondering if he didn't write it; and "Rise & Shine" is a great Heartland-styled rocker that reminds me of the BoDeans.”



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