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Released: 06.07.18







Opener Day Release To The Moon, with its Sgt Peppers vibes, sets the tone for a more melodic and considered sophomore record from Southend’s Asylums. Whilst their chaotic live shows are still represented with tracks like the breakneck speed of Bottle Bank and the agitpop thrash of Critical Mass, Asylums are better when they channel their frustrations into the early-Manics style cultural observations of the quite beautiful and sympathetic Millennials.

Their ear for a melody is evident on When We Wake Up, which sounds like Feeder at their very best, whilst the title track shows they’ve learnt a thing or two from their regular tours with Ash. Still energetic and a little more channelled, it’s an album full of immense promise.



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