Russell Lissack is taking some leave from Bloc Party in order to be the all-important fourth member of Ash on their UK tour.
There's a press-release gobbet of 'how we met and fell in love':
Russell - of Bloc Party and solo project Pin Me Down - is a life-long Ash fan, "I've always loved Ash, my first ever stage performance was part of an Ash covers band, so when they asked me to join them on their forthcoming tour I jumped at the chance!"
Ash's Tim Wheeler: "We first met at South By Southwest in 2005, we’d heard he and Kele Okereke met when Russell was playing Ash songs at a party, so we've always felt that connection with him. We've loved Bloc Party since their first single and have always really admired his guitar playing."
They haven't told Russell yet that he's going to have to try and squeeze into Charlotte Hatherley's old stage outfits.