Asbest use different musical styles which share a certain aggressiveness. Post punk, noise rock and shoegaze are the cornerstones. This melange is an angry to desperate reaction to the general events of our time, but it also reflects Trachsel's personal experiences as a trans-woman in a cis- and heteronormative society. Accordingly, Asbest display an urgency and ennui that is omnipresent.
The trio from Basel, Switzerland was founded in November 2016 by singer and guitarist Robyn Trachsel, bassist Judith Breitinger and drummer Jan Häfele. In January 2018 Jonas Häne (Heavy Harvest) took the position behind the drums.
In April Asbest visited the Malthouse Studios in Bristol, where Dominic Mitchison (Spectres, Velcro Hooks, LICE) produced their debut "Driven".
Their self-distributed EP "Interstates" already attracted attention and called press and promoters onto the scene. Linus Volkmann (Intro Magazin): "Mechanical, cold, aggressive, repetitive. [...] Asbest mix hardness and hypnosis with empathy and indie. The result is really unique [...]", the Artnoir Blog says: "The trio from Basel [...] shows that noise, extreme energy and raw music are just beautiful".