So now we’ve seen Asylums in a music magazine or lots of music magazines to be precise. They’ve also been all over the radio and thankfully the television’s not completely dead, because they’ve been all over that too! When “I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine” came out first time around the band didn’t even have any social media, let alone their faces in a magazine. Eighteen months later and it’s turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy, so they thought it was only fair to give one of their personal favourites a much-deserved second bite of the cherry. Of course, the plastic pop stars with the cheekbones and the cheque books are still there, but Asylums have still got the tunes and are fast approaching.
But not to be stingy, there’s a brand new track from Asylums on offer here too in the form of “Second Class Sex”. Gender equality and respect are the key messages here, something the band live and breath by. They simply don’t do small talk, austerity or materialism. They and this track do however, rock! “Second Class Sex” echoes the likes of Sonic Youth, Blur and At The Drive-In whilst nodding to contemporaries such as TRAAMS and Metz.
Over the last two years their unique cut of post hardcore has transformed the band from social media blackouts to being one of Annie Mac’s ‘New Names’ on BBC Radio 1. Over that time period, home demos migrated into forming a fully fledged band which could rip up any live stage. It wasn’t long before Asylums were playing shows with the likes of The Vaseline’s and Black Honey, whilst getting invited to playfestivals such as the The Great Escape and Bestival. The NME premiered their last single “Necessary Appliances” and they’ve riffed hard enough to gain Radio X live sessions, 6 Music love galore and even a No.1 in the Dutch alternative charts.
So where’s the album we hear you scream? Here’s your album! “Killer Brain Waves” is a Sarcastic, energetic, angry, manic, catchy and fun debut album which is released on July 29th. Like all previous Asylums material it’s released on the bands very own Cool Thing Records, which is quickly establishing itself as force to be reckoned with. Rumour has it they will start releasing other new bands on their label as soon as next year!
Have you stopped for a breath yet? When does this all slow down? It’s doesn’t. In the world of Asylums it’s just started.