No Hot Ashes are a funk-indie outfit who make music that’s catchy, punchy and incredibly endearing. We catch up with them to discuss their sound, their influences and what they’ve been upto.
So how did you guys come to the name ‘No Hot Ashes’?
The name came pretty unplanned, we needed a name and saw ours on the side of a wheelie bin, none of us really love it but it has stuck now and people know the name.
As an upcoming band, you’re starting to get a lot of attention. What makes you stand out from the rest?
We are different. We are making music we believe doesn’t particularly sound like anyone else around at the moment and that excites us. We think it’s vital that you attempt to make your own path and not try and copycat other bands/artists sound.
There are clear influences of funk throughout all of your music. Are there any artists in particular that you feel helped you hone your sound?
Yeah – we`ve always been massive fans of funk bands/guitarists, guys like Nile Rodgers, John Frusciante, Josh Klinghoffer and Johnny Marr are probably the most influential players to us.
It seems 2015 was a great year for you. What were the highlights?
That’s quite a tricky one – we think 2 stand out in particular, firstly getting announced and playing Kendal Calling as that was our biggest gig to date and to play on such a big stage with so many established artists around us was mint. That would be closely followed by our “Easy Peeler” Single Launch at what used to be the Kraak Gallery in Manchester. We sold the place out and played our best ever set to over 200+ people and it was mental.
Your next single is due to be released with Playing With Sound soon – what can we expect from it?
Expect lots of filthy funk and dancing.