WB Yeats had this belief that history repeats in cycles (I guess, as the collective doomed species, we never did remember our past) so much so that it was immortalised as the opening line to his poem, The Second Coming. As it is, the cloud of nostalgia hangs heavy in the air but this time its familiar. This time the 90s is upon us.
Things that were hip in the 90s: flip phones; Tamagotchis; Gameboys… the music scene at the time saw pop continuing; rap was more pervasive and rock took its Hyrda-headed form of Britpop, grunge and alternative. One of them happened to be Ash, the alternative trio from Northern Ireland. I remembered singing "Goldfinger" in secondary school or hearing "Kung Fu" over the end credits of Jackie Chan's Rumble in the Bronx.
I saw the evolution of the band taking on a fourth member (Charlotte Hatherley); traversed an edgier take on their third album, Nu-Clear Sounds (which wasn't well-received); lose Hatherley so that the band can become a troika once more and celebrated their 20th anniversary (with Hatherley returning to guest-play, yaay!).
Ash played in Singapore before, back in 2008 at Fort Canning Park and this time the band, older and wiser, performs tonight at Hard Rock Cafe at 50 Cuscaden Road). We doubt Hatherley would be there but nostalgia is a persuasive mistress; with a hooked finger, we're dusting off our flannel shirts and ripped jeans just to relive that formative period that is the 90s.
Ash will perform at Hard Rock Cafe Singapore at 9pm. Tickets start from SGD98 and can be purchased at Sistic.