The sound that you get from their new recordings is nothing short of poignant, and very much in the arm of the 1980s. You will swear that you’ve heard these songs in movies, on MTV and radio. If you’re as old as I am, then you absolutely remember the pathos that are created with both “Greater Crime” and “Sex Machine”. The band puts together a good mix of rhythm, and bass, mixed with cool electronics and solid vocals.
The originals are interesting, but they don’t have that power that the freshly recorded options do. However, they do have that “Weird Science” type of electronic section that made Oingo Boingo so popular in the 80s. You will have a hard time deciding which one you like better. The 1980s new wave fan is in love with the 89’ version of the tracks, but my modern day music fan likes the new recordings. I don’t know, I’m torn, and that’s a great thing.
Ash In October deserve as much praise and notoriety as they can possibly get. They are an underrated group that needs more listeners. If you like the 1980s new wave sound, and love electronic music, here is a slice of the past, done very well. I’m impressed.
You can check out the Ash in October’s release by going to their band camp HERE, and check out a cool video below.