Asylums caught attention with a beguiling tight intensity, infusing music dynamics and vocal delivery it seems form bands from anywhere up to two decades ago, to fuel a fair blizzard of positive media attention. Not sure if it’s just the Melody Maker inspired artwork of I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine’ evokes a time where music scenes appeared more cohesive and arguably less challenged creatively with the music labels more hands on than today.
The new single seems more hook motivated than the more sharp and snappy ’The Death Of Television’, mind you I can’t see any blacksmithary behind either offering, come to think of it where can you buy a good anvil these days? But I am in comfortable agreement with the sentiment. As fresh faced Asylums seemingly meet virtual instant approval, it’s a no-brainer hearing the craft that makes the quartet’s sound resonate so well. In ‘I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine’ the Asylums have delivered another tasteful belter. 8/10
Saturday 25th October The Nest, Dalston (Young & Lost
Wednesday 5th November The Waiting Room, Stoke
Tuesday 11th November Shacklewell Arms, Dalston
Saturday 22th November The Market Place, Southend (Cool Thing / Sonic Anhedonic Label gig
Thursday December 4th The Black Heart, Camden Club) Newington