Debut album out July 29th via Cool Thing Records




Line Of Best Fit ‘They are a DIY band, but not as you know it. Somewhere between a forceful wave of 90’s pop punk and Britpop, they’re entirely eccentric and entertaining’

Shortlist Magazine

 ‘An irresistible cocktail of Lemonheads, Weezer & Sonic Youth’

BBC Online ‘Remember the last time we heard of a great band from Southend-on-Sea – The Horrors? Well Asylums are just as good, but a whole load more colorful’

Clash Magazine

 ‘Frenetic post-hardcore with a pop edge’

Q Magazine Online ‘Costal indie fuzz merchants’

Rock Sound Magazine ‘Like the scratchiest bits of Blur if they were grungers filled with energy. Intriguing right?’

NME ‘Like being caught between a hammer and an anvil’



BBC RADIO 1 (BBC Introducing Track Of The Week [daytime airplay from Clara Amfo, Alice Levine, Scott Mills, Adele Roberts and Greg James] Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe & Phil Taggart,), RADIO X (John Kennedy, Jo Good, and This Feeling), BBC 6 MUSIC (Steve Lamacq – plays of every single released thus far), and AMAZING RADIO (A-List Playlist +Audition Poll winners)


A brain in a microwave? A metaphor for our times. Killer Brain Waves.


Post-modern? Most likely. Sarcastic, energetic, manic, catchy, and fun? Most definitely. Written and recorded in the post-social networking malaise, Asylums debut album Killer Brain Waves is the sound of discontent right now.


We’ve all had them. Those life-altering, world changing ideas. You know what? I’m gonna start that band, I’m gonna write those songs… And then, come the odds stacking against you. Maybe next year.


But what about those absolute killer brainwaves? You know what? I NEED TO START THAT BAND I’VE GOT TO GET THESE SONGS OUT OF ME. Somehow, someway, but not sometime. Not next year. NOW.


From the very first demo to this very album, the band have done it all on their own fiercely DIY terms. And right now, doing everything their own way has meant that current single ‘Necessary Appliances’ is being championed by BBC Radio 1, 6Music, and Radio X, and a whole bunch of gigs beckons over Summer, including slots at Bestival and other prestigious festivals.


Asylums have created a snapshot of a band and country in a state of change. They may have killer pop hooks, but there’s no bubblegum here – songs about the death of high street retail, austerity, and rampant consumerism, sit cheek by jowl next to tales of sex, outsider culture, and gender equality. With a social media blackout for the first three singles, Killer Brain Waves is the culmination of a two year slow burn – all this in the time that has seen other bands get themselves signed and disappear off the face of the Earth. A new song every three months, each with a new DIY video on a new theme, on their own Cool Thing Records label run out a spare bedroom in Southend-on-Sea. And it’s not just for Asylums – this album has secured Cool Thing a distribution deal with Brighton’s Republic Of Music; meaning that they can now give other bands a platform.


Some of the songs you’ll know. After all, five of the tracks on Killer Brain Waves went straight onto Radio 1, and the band have been playing the length and breadth of Britain supporting the likes of The Vaseline’s, Killing Joke, Ash, and Nothing But Thieves.


The rest of the songs – you may not know them yet, but you will very soon…


Upcoming Shows:


19th Aug – Sub 89, Reading

8th Sept – Bestival

21st October – Chimnery’s, Southend

22nd October – Eagle Inn, Salford

23rd October – Cellar Bar, Oxford

25th October – Exchange, Bristol

26th October – Hope & Ruin, Brighton

27th October – Cookie Jar, Leicester

28th October – Rainbow, Birmingham 

29th October – West End Centre, Aldershot


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