The Beeb reports that the New Yorkers were somewhat taken aback by the Irish boys' love of Jedis, light sabres et al. Some guy from the band said this:
"The Ash guys, they're like over the top, to the point of being actually kind of terrifying. The day that all the new Star Wars toys came out he [bassist Mark Hamilton] missed us play because he took off after the show and ran to the Toys R Us. He spent about £3,000, it was insane."
Hmmm... spending three grand on plastic dolls or having to sit through 45 minutes-plus of The Bravery. Good call, boys.