In the mid- to late-Eighties, an melodic rock band tried to break out of the confines of their native Northern Ireland and onto the world stage – but, various circumstances conspired against them and they never quite made it and went their separate ways… One of them did fulfill the dream, in his own way, going on to be one of biggest and most respected booking agents and managers in the business!
Two years ago, No Hot Ashes re-emerged out of the darkness for what was supposed to be a very special one-off reunion show… but, as with all the best laid plans, it didn’t quite go that way; within weeks, the band – overcoming the fact that their drummer, the above-referenced Steve Strange, now lives in LA while the rest of them are still eeking out a living in Northern Ireland – were back on the road, playing Download last year and touring with their old friends FM earlier this annum.
As the band prepare for two more prestigious summer festival appearances, at Ramblin’ Man and Steelhouse, PlanetMosh met up with singer Eamon Nancarrow to bring the No Hot Ashes story smack up to date by talking about the band’s forthcoming single and plans for a new album – as well as his own career as a best-selling writer:
Photograph and videography on interview by The Dark Queen. Thanks to the Limelight, Belfast, for the use of their club for the interview.