Born in August 2014 with a single chaotic video uploaded to YouTube, Asylums’ blend of thrashing guitar pop and social conscience quickly drew a passionate scene around them in their home town of Southend-on-Sea. Being independent of mind and independent of action has been central to the development of the band. They’ve grown through the blogs and the DIY fans, the die-hards and the dreamers. With their own label, Cool Thing Records,Asylums have been able to create their own world, to support the musicians they love and build a community of like-minded souls. It’s a unique space where the new album ‘Alien Human Emotions’ has been incubated.
Asylums are like a seaside fairground (maybe something of Southend has got into their blood). Where the first album ‘Killer Brain Waves’ was a Friday night with neon colours, rollercoaster rides and two fingers up to the security, ‘Alien Human Emotions’ feels more like a walk in the same place as the wind whips through in November. You need to wrap the music round you to stay warm.
Building on gigs at Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds, and big love from Radio X and BBC 6 Music (‘Album Of The Day’), Asylums are ready, with this album, to reach out to the world.
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