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Trailer - Ash
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Trailer - Ash
Advantages: The singles are great, Petrol is a mini classic
Disadvantages: A few uninspired tracks, a touch too in thrall to their influences
The thee members of Ash; Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray were still studying in school when Trailer (their debut mini album) was released. This makes the record all the more impressive considering their young age. It is an album that is rather in debt to their influences, punk shot through with the quiet/loud dynamics of Dinosaur Jr and Nirvana.
Compare to their later full length releases and Trailer has a much more rough and ready sound, far less polished than they would go onto record. Along with this lo-fi quality is a breathlessness to their playing which drives the material along, Petrol is a good example of this with the propulsive rhythm section of McMurray and Hamilton driving the song at a breakneck pace. Elsewhere the catchy single "Jack Names The Planets" is another early Ash favourite and would continue to be a staple of their live for years to come. Uncle Pat also stands out with its excellent bass line, the track was also featured on a Henieken advert and would was included on Intergalactic Sonic 7s, Ash's greatest hits album.
They didn't have it all figured out in their teenage years however, Get Out is a fairly obnoxious throwaway that can easily be skipped and Obscure Thing is an unfocused way to end things. Ash would go on to make superior music with the follow-up 1977 that saw them really come into their own and achieve success.
Summary: Decent but certainly not their best LP