Ashley Reaks is a London UK–based genre-hopping musician and collage artist.
Reaks abandoned academia and a promising career as a cricketer after hearing the Ramones and seeing Gee Vaucher’s artwork for anarchist punk band Crass. Reaks’ musical career is eclectic, including stints as a pop session bass player, touring the world with It Bites frontman Francis Dunnery, and having the obligatory minor hit in Japan with his own much-hyped electro-pop outfit Younger Younger 28’s.
Since then Reaks has created art and music prolifically, exhibiting his ‘disturbing and provocative’ art worldwide, from Berlin to Detroit. He's released 10 musically-diverse albums, including the old school punk of “This Is Planet Grot”, the uneasy listening of “Power Failure” and prog-punk concept album “Compassion Fatigue (1-8)”
He collaborated with Hull poet Joe Hakim on 2015's 'Cultural Thrift', followed by the snappily-titled 'If I Hadn't Become An Artist And Musician I Would Have Been A Serial Killer Or Killed Myself'. 2016 saw a UK tour performing his art and music show supporting LA punks The Dickies (whose singer Leonard Graves Phillips guested on the 'Before Koresh' album).
‘By virtue of its audacity, the authorial overdrive, the daring seeming trivial and vice versa, the work of Ashley Reaks here deserves to be heard as being in the same league with other adroit British and US wordsmith musicians of a certain stripe – Creme and Godley, Blegvad and Partridge, Martin Newhouse, Robyn Hitchcock, Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Daevid Allen’ – Stereo Embers (USA)