Asylums – New Single & EP Set for Release on 23rd February 2015

First they killed your television… Then, their faces were in music magazines… Now they’ve had a wet dream…

NEW SINGLE & EP SET FOR RELEASE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 23RD – recently made Zane Lowe’s Future Radio 1 playlist on BBC R1 + support from Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and many more.

Wet Dream Fanzine single cover
Wet Dream Fanzine – Single Cover

Asylums want to take you on a trip…back to the days of chainsaw guitars and chaotic fun! They release their debut EP ‘WET DREAM FANZINE’ and the new single of the same name on February 23rd via on their very own label, Cool Things Records.

The ep features the vigorous title track, in which the band take a swipe at sex and the internet, alongside their two previous DIY blasts of explosive Southend fuzz. The Death Of Television introduced them in a perfectly formed 1 minute and 20 seconds of sharp, angular edges which instantly won the attention of John Kennedy at XFM and Phil Taggart at Radio 1.

The smash n’ grab hooks of ‘I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine’ followed. By now the likes of Radio1 and XFM were playing them a lot and NME, Clash, Loaded, Louder Than War and Subba Cultcha were writing very very nice things about them. Headline shows, club nights plus a tour with Cobain favorites The Vaselines proved unequivocally that Asylums are an utterly glorious and furiously unstoppable live band. And, aren’t they the very best kind?

A band steeped in 90’s indie and the US underground, their catchy, thoughtful odes to isolation, commercialization and loss of innocence together with gigs gigs and more gigs – plus homemade videos staring sock puppets, of course – have helped them build a fanbase and a community, and, all of this, with no…social…media…not so much as a tweet was heard from them…til…now!!!


The band will be making their first, tentative steps into the world of social media in the 2015. Concentrating to date on building a fanbase, a community, playing as many shows as possible and getting their music to people they think may appreciate it enough to play it on the radio or write about it may seem unusual these days but the band felt they’d wanted to have something to talk about rather than trying to build followers with instagram photos of their dinner. Revolutionary, we know; Luke; “None of the bands we loved growing up had social media, so we thought we’d hold off using it as long as possible. We wanted things to build organically and for people to bring their mates to shows, to have something happening for the right reasons. We want to continue that ethos using social networking and just make it that bit easier for people to find us”

Watch…this…space |

Supported on the airwaves by Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart at BBC Radio1 – Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson at 6Music – John Kennedy and Dave Rowntree at XFM – Gary Crowley and Paul Lester at Amazing Radio…

‘Remember how exciting it was when we first caught a glimpse of Supergrass or The Manics or even the Buzzcocks?…’ Louder Than War, New Artist Of The Day
‘Frenetic post hardcore with a pop edge’ Clash Music

News | Dates | Info

Asylums Live Gigs : –

27th Feb – EP launch at THE MARKET PLACE in Southend (only 70 tickets available. – links at )

4th March – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London ( X RAY Touring Showcase for the ILMC )

15th April – The Scala in London – (support to Carl Barat and The jackals )

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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