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Ulster rock heroes Ash tell of scare over cash.

Byline: BRENDA O'NEILL

ULSTER rockers Ash have revealed they came within a grand of going bankrupt after an album flop.

Nu-Clear Sounds was the record that made them popular with critics around the world - but not with their bank manager.

The Downpatrick group have admitted before that the album nearly sank them after fans failed to buy it. Now they've revealed how close they came to being finished.

Bass player Mark Hamilton revealed: "It was sink or swim time and we were down to our last pounds 1,000 in the bank.

"We were literally on the verge of bankruptcy."

The band put themselves under pressure to produce another big hit and Hamilton admitted: "We knew if it wasn't a hit realistically we might have to quit, we wouldn't be able to go on."

The group's next album Free All Angels went straight into the charts and saved the band from the scrapheap.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 9, 2004
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