Ahead of the release of their upcoming debut album, we got a bit more familiar with No Hot Ashes, one of Greater Manchester’s most exciting new bands

You know that unfiltered, working class dynamism and edge that your favourite bands had before all of the mainstream success and acclaim seemed to flush it out of them? The same that caused Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not to smash the record for the fastest selling debut album in British music history?

That kind of raw energy is personified by Stockport’s No Hot Ashes. From Isaac Taylor’s brash, distinct vocals to the dancing, funk-filled melodies that often accompany them, the outfit look to have carved out a unique and memorable sound that sets them apart from their contemporaries. With a back-catalogue already full of irresistible tracks and their debut album Hardship Starship just around the corner, we sought to pull away the curtain and learn some more about this exciting young band.

Who TF are No Hot Ashes?

NHA are Isaac, Luigi, Matthew and Jack. Four funk-soul brothers from Stockport, Manchester. We announced our debut album Hardship Starship earlier this year and it’s gonna drop August 16th.

How long have you been making music?

We’ve been making music since we were all kids but as NHA we began around 2014.

Why do you make music?

To make people dance.

What are your biggest influences?

Bootsy Collins, Nile Rodgers, RHCP, The Pixies.

What would you say has been your best moment so far?

Manchester Academy 2. We sold that place out (950 cap) with over a month to go before the show.

What do you want people to take away from your music?

We want them to feel something. Everyone will probably take something different from the songs but as long as we’re making music that means something to people. We’re happy.

What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?

Quitting our jobs.

We love your single ‘Extra Terrestrial’, which dropped earlier this month, can you tell us some more about the track?

We love E.T. It’s a really fun track to play. It’s a song about relationships and knowing someone better than you know yourself. The constant fat bass lines matched with shouty choruses just make you wanna move. We were trying for something catchy and fun.

We’re eagerly awaiting your debut album Hardship Starship, could you give us some insight as to what to expect from it?

It’s a mad album. The time we spent recording it was very fun and we were at our peak happiness whilst recording the tracks. Every song is different but there’s something there that just keeps it connected. Listening through the songs we never got bored. There’s something for everyone on this album and we’re excited to show people. ALL ABOARD.

Kendal Calling is fast approaching! Why should people check out No Hot Ashes?

We love Kendal. Amazing festival with a sick vibe. We’re gonna be playing a load of new album tracks which is exciting so people should get down to hear those.

And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?

Probably our mum’s. They’ll always love us.


Hardship Starship is out on August 16th via Modern Sky UK