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Charlie ASH


Charlie ASH come from the bottom of the globe (New Zealand to be precise) where Rosie Riggir and Mailee Mathews bonded over a love of indie-pop, lavish costumes and extravagant stage shows. The band has since been busy in the Kiwi music scene – and more recently overseas when they headed off in mid-May 2009 for a five-week tour of the UK and Europe, playing to packed-out venues at the Great Escape festival (the SXSW of Europe) in Brighton and even gracing the cover of the festival programme. They also squeezed in Cardiff, Liverpool (at the SoundCity festival), and Berlin gigs – as well as a sold-out show supporting Ladyhawke at Koko in London. Playing in Amsterdam alongside fellow Kiwis – and Flying Nun legends – The Bats was another tour highlight.

Charlie ASH's European tour follows attention from both local and international sources: homegrown luminaries Dick 'Magik' Johnson, Fiord and Module have all recently remixed the band's tracks while their cover of 'I Wanna Sex You Up' (originally by R&B slowjammers Colour Me Badd) was included on the Barcelona-based Buffetlibre DJs' Rewind 2.0 compilation and played early in 2009 on BBC Radio 1's Kissy Sell-Out show - receiving a heap of blogger attention in the process.

Other triumphs for the band include New Zealand's first 3-D video 'Ah-hA' and an electrifying performance in the finale slot at the 2008 New Zealand Music Awards surrounded by dancers and acrobats. In past years the band has opened for international acts New Young Pony Club, Chicks On Speed, Juliette Lewis and the Licks, the Slits, and OKGO. They've also found time to produce an award-winning musical BOX for the Wellington Fringe Festival and a debut video 'O'Baby' that won Best Overall Video at the 2006 Radio Active Handle the Jandal Music Video Awards.

And as for the future, Charlie ASH are finishing off a second EP – they already have one, 'Can-Can', under their gold lame belts – with James Duncan (Dimmer, SJD).

Here's what some music blogs have been saying about Charlie ASH:

“The New Zealand music scene is thriving and Charlie ASH is exploding out from it.” - Trash Menagerie (Chicago, USA)

“Charlie ASH are quite stunning. Following in the amazing footsteps of Ladyhawke Charlie ASH produce absolute turbo pop … Listen to 'Come Back Lover.' It's so much fun … real retro synths merged with polarizing guitars and gut-wrenching yet sensitive vocals. These girls/guys absolutely rock." - Don’t Stop the Pop (UK)

“Their new single 'Come Back Lover' is a perfect distillation of No Doubt, Blondie and every other female-fronted new wave group you can think of (including a definite Cyndi Lauper influence)…. They are a group I will be watching closely for the next few months.” - 1 Hits From Another Planet (Washington, USA)

“Charlie ASH may not be well-known off their island of New Zealand yet, but they certainly wear enough gold lamé to be the next hipster band of the month on an international level.” - Big Stereo (Portland, USA)

Band Members:
Rosie Riggir (vocals)
Mailee Mathews (bass)


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Charlie ASH UK/Euro Tour 2009
Posted: Sat May 9, 2009 10:42 am
Charlie ASH, that Auckland-based four-piece known for their synthy indie-pop sounds and spectacular live shows, are leaving NZ for a five-week tour of Europe. Starting off in the UK with a sold-out show supporting Ladyhawke at Koko in London, the band is also playing the Great Escape festival in Brighton (the SXSW of Europe) and the Liverpool SoundCity festival. Berlin and Amsterdam gigs will follow: the group is especially excited to be sharing the bill with fellow Kiwis, Flying Nun legends The Bats, in Amsterdam.

The tour coincides with the release of their latest single in New Zealand. “Wake Up (You’re Not Asleep Now),” currently climbing the NZ alternative charts, was produced by James Duncan and celebrates one alternative to recession doom ‘n’ gloom: “Let’s all live in fantasy.” And what better fantasy to come true than a string of European dates for this up-and-coming band?

See Charlie ASH live in UK/Europe:

14th May - The Great Escape Festival @ Latest Music Bar w/ The Last Republic Etc. (Brighton)
15th May - The Great Escape Festival @ Arc W/ The RGBs, Lights & Ruby Jean & The Thoughtful Bees (Brighton)
16th May - The Fly w/ John Drake, Hoodoo Scoundrels & The Blacklist (London)
17th May - Barfly w/ Gran Ronde, Santigo Sound & The Bike Theives (Cardiff)
21st May - Koko w/ Ladyhawke (London)
23rd May - Liverpool Soundcity Festival @ Bumper W/ My Amiga, The Dirty Goods Etc. (Liverpool)
6th June - Winston Kingdom w/ The Bats (Amsterdam)
13th June - Villa w/ Cerebral Vortex (Berlin)


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Charlie ASH needs 50 Dancers!
Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2004 3:27 pm
The Wellington Fringe 2005 is on its way and your talented self could be involved.

The Fringe show Box is set to be a spectacular, spectacular with live music from Charlie ASH and 50 dancers. As you can imagine the organizers of Box need all the help they can get with recruiting the some what 50 dancers.

So if you know the box step, the running man or any other wicked move, and you want to be part of a groundbreaking new theatre production then spin The Fuzz a line. Contact Brigid at [email protected]

Box runs from the 16th to the 19th of February 2005 at The White Room.


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RE: hey gals and boy
Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2004 9:54 am
You will milkman! well if you live in Welly

Head to the Katipo Cafe on the 19th of November

Starts at 10pm with DJ 6.1 in the mix y'all



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Introducing Charlie ASH
Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2004 9:49 am
Charlie ASH to play first gig EVER
On Friday eve. November 19th. Katipo Cafe. Wellington

Da Charlie ASH Kitty Cats perform on stilted heel and shake to make ya squeel. Performing new tunes from years of living.

Entry fee is three smackaroonies...just to break the bank...not your back...save the back breaking for the dance floor!

xx da Kitty CASH

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hey gals and boy
Posted: Sat Oct 30, 2004 3:12 pm
Very Happy

wanna see yous play

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