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Pop-rock duo Ashland have released their latest song “Misery,” the first single from their upcoming EP, I. They also shared a new music video for the song, complete with fishnets and dead roses to add to the angsty vibe.

“Misery” is a biting track about wanting the worst for someone after they ruined your life. The song starts off slowly, with vocalist Asia Marie thanking them for everything they have done for her. Then the drums kick in, and she clarifies that she’s thankful they put her out of her misery. 

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Ashland announced the new single and posted a teaser of the music video on social media last week.

Guitarist Aaron Wood was originally just experimenting and didn’t intend for “Misery” to ever even get a final cut. But once Marie heard it, all bets were off.

“He showed me a scratch recording he had been working on, and it immediately resonated with me,” Marie says. 

“Misery” is also about the duo’s experiences in the music industry and how they’re grateful for everything they have been able to accomplish as artists. 

“The lyrics make it seem a little sarcastic, but we are honestly grateful for both the good and bad experiences we’ve had as musicians because they’ve brought us to where we are today,” Marie says.

Ashland toured the U.S. in 2019 with Our Last Night, the Word Alive and I See Stars. They were also featured alongside those three bands on a rock cover of Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved.”

After touring, Ashland released their sophomore album, Over The Moon, at the end of 2019. The album includes the single “OMG” and other fan favorites such as “I Hate That” and the title track.

Since then, the duo were contestants in the pandemic-friendly Isolation Pong Championship in May alongside other bands such as the Faim, Bearings and Trash Boat.

They also virtually performed for fans in their Living Room Session series, playing some of their hits such as “Get To Know You” and “No Trouble.” 

Along with performing some of their existing songs, the duo spent much of 2020 making new music. They revealed on social media that they finished recording in late November.

 

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However, fans didn’t have to wait long to hear more from Ashland after that reveal. Shortly after, they released a Halloween-ified cover of “Santa Baby” for Christmas.

Drawing inspiration from everything that happened around the world in 2019 and 2020, their forthcoming EP, I, will be released April 2. You can listen to “Misery” here and watch the video for the track below.

Ashland “Misery” lyrics

Just wanna say thank you
For everything you’ve done for me
Thank you
For putting me out of my misery

Let me rephrase what I mean so you understand (understand)
I was living out my dream til you showed up
and crushed that plan

You saw me, you got me
You promised the world
Broke everything
And then wanted a return
I know why 
You could never look me in the eyes

Just wanna say thank you
For everything you’ve done for me
Thank you
For putting me out of my misery
Oh god you’re hopeless
All I can do is pray for you
Karma’s coming
All I can do is pray for you

If it hadn’t been for you I’d have never known
(never known)
All the things I thought I wanted
Is exactly what I don’t

You saw me, you got me
You promised the world
I believed you like a stupid girl
I know why
You left like a thief in the night
(and that’s why I)

Just wanna say thank you
For everything you’ve done for me
Thank you
For putting me out of my misery
Oh god you’re hopeless
All I can do is pray for you
Karma’s coming
All I can do is pray for you

I never wanted it
I never wanted it to end like this (like this)
But you ruin everything
I never wanted it
I never wanted it to end like this (like this)
And you will see me rise again

Just wanna say thank you
For everything you’ve done for me
Thank you
For putting me out of my misery
Oh god you’re hopeless
All I can do is pray for you
Karma’s coming
All I can do is pray for you
All I can do is pray for you