Asylums share ‘Alternative Occupations’video

Asylums share ‘Alternative Occupations’video


Asylums ‘Alternative Occupations’



So. The cat is well and truly out of the bag now …

Asylums album “Killer Brain Waves” out? Check

Said album has been BBC 6Music’s ‘Album Of The Day’? Check

Seven tracks from said album supported by BBC Radio 1? Check

Critical acclaim, great reviews, high profile gigs? Check, check, and check.


Aaaaaaaand…… relax. No? Alright then. Because when Asylums aren’t playing, recording, or running Cool Thing Records, they’re at their day jobs. Rumour has it they sleep occasionally too. And not being the types to rest on their laurels, Asylums are back with a brand new previously unreleased track “Alternative Occupations”. Taking brief holidays from the aforementioned dayjobs, “Alternative Occupations” was written and recorded in the Summer after the post-album release frenzy, and in the aftermath of Brexit. It ruminates on harsh education and health service cuts, post-Brexit Britain, and the running battle of grafting at creative efforts vs. grafting to keep afloat.


Asylums ‘Alternative Occupations’

And there’s more… Asylums aren’t alone. They’ve now been able to make good on their promise of using Cool Thing Records as a platform for underground regional talent. Appearing alongside “Alternative Occupations” on a lovely limited 12” slab of white vinyl are three bands, who like Asylums, all graft at the day jobs and work in their own creative communities.

The short, sharp, shock of Petty Phase picks up where X Ray Spex and The Slits left off; riot girls antidote to the millennial ennui, all buzzsaw guitars and screeching group vocals. Thrasher skate culture collides with the edge and tenacity of early Dischord records, in the shape of Steve Lamacq favourites The Horse Heads, emerging from the same fresh and exciting Chelmo uprising scene as Freak, and Ratboy. And last but never least, BAIT leave you with a bloody nose but you’ll see the funny side, as the static hum of an itching brain broods and snarls over visceral post-punk riffs and battering hypnotic rhythms.

Another Cool Thing.

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 ‘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’

The 405full of blistering energy thats just down right fun’


Cool Thing Presents: Alternative Occupations EP

Available on White Ltd Edition 12 Inch Vinyl out now!



Track list:

  1. Asylums- ‘Alternative Occupations’
  2. Petty Phase – ‘You’ll Be Dead’
  3. The Horse Heads – ‘Castles’
  4. Bait – ‘I’m Still Here’
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Asylums share ‘Alternative Occupations’video