ASYLUMS

If you’re looking for a shot of adrenaline, then look no further than ‘I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine’ by Asylums. Just over two minutes long, this rollicking riot of a track is the musical equivalent of smelling salts or a swift slap to the face. Despite only having two fully fledged songs available online, the Essex four piece are currently receiving support from some of the biggest names in the music business, with radio play from the likes of Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe, and it’s easy to understand why. Frenzied and exhilarating, ‘I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine’ is a genre spanning gem, with elements of punk, post-hardcore and Britpop thrown into the melting pot with wonderful reckless abandon.

There’s a hint of early Foo Fighters at play alongside the scuzzy sounds of American surf/garage pop bands such as Wavves or the late, great Jay Reatard. You could see Asylums sitting comfortably on the Sub Pop roster and indeed, they’ve bagged a coveted slot supporting The Vaselines next month. Their other available track, ‘The Death Of Television’ is equally as electrifying at just over a minute long with a frantically bashed cowbell opening the track. It’s an exciting time for British rock music right now with alternative sounds dominating the airwaves, and there’s no doubt that Asylums will be among the young British artists leading the charge.

Words by Linsey Teggert

Tipped by Rob Platts from Junk City and Tom Cotton from Amazing Radio

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