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Ash (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages audio, 2004

Ash's Tim Wheeler and Rick McMurray talk about Meltdown, the struggles around Nu-Clear Sounds, Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement... and magic mushrooms!

File format: mp3; file size: 49.2mb, interview length: 51' 16" sound quality: ***

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Ash: The Nu-Clear Age

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, 19 September 1998

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Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 14 October 1998

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