Northern Irish rockers Ash insist their communication skills have improved since the departure of former bandmate CHARLOTTE HEATHERLEY. Heatherley left the band last year (06) and although the split was amicable, the remaining members have never looked back. Drummer Rick MCMurray says, "We're excited because the communication in the band's a lot better and we're back to the old line-up. "It feels very comfortable, we're used to it, and it's great to get back into the studio. We're starting over - new line-up, new material."