Originally described as “Blur if they were raised in Seattle and signed to Sub Pop" , the development of Asylums has taken them into a new sonic space – a combination of anger, pop earworms and razor sharp lyricism.
Asylums story is the blueprint not only to a DIY existence in music for 2020 but to an understanding that what others perceive to be weaknesses (mental health challenges, making guitar music in a climate of pop, the low financial return of recording and touring in the streaming era) are actually the strengths that keep band, and their following, going when many others have stopped.
‘Catalogue Kids’ plugs into the universal sense of WTF, while still frothing with the fire that makes their live gigs feel like a javelin attack of lightning-bolt joy and rollicking effervescence. Asylums aren’t staring into the abyss, they’re lighting torches. They’re passing them around. They’re telling us to go with them; angry, curious, purposeful, hopeful!