BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Asylums

Ever wondered why a band got together and started playing music together? Who moulded them into the band they are today? Who do they look up to now? We’re setting out to answer these questions by talking to musicians about who inspires what they do and what goes into their music.

If you like Weezer and Sonic Youth, then Southend-on-Sea newcomers Asylums are the best new DIY band that you need to hear. After touring with the likes of Ash, Killing Joke, and Turbowolf, the band are ready for a year all about them, and are releasing their debut album ‘Killer Brain Waves’ this summer. We caught up with guitarist Jazz Miel about the music that made Asylums form back in 2014.


THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE – WHOEVER WE ARE


The Brian Jonestown Massacre have been a huge influence on us, not just musically but they way they have always been so prolific in their output while never surrendering their independence for corporate gain. Their documentary ‘DIG!’ is an absolute must watch for any music fan.


TRAAMS – SELMA

Myself and Luke saw Traams in London a few years ago just before Asylums began. They were only the support that night but it was instantly a game changer for us both watching them, the following day we brought a load of fuzz pedals and started writing!


THE REPLACEMENTS – LEFT OF THE DIAL

One of the greatest bands of all time, their third album ‘Let It Be’ was never off the turntable when we started Asylums. In the early days they would play shows standing in trash cans or dressed as ballerinas, they were also banned from ‘Saturday Night Live’ for being drunk and disorderly on air.


METZ – KICKING A CAN OF WORMS

METZ are one of our favourite bands on the Sub-Pop label; the aggression and energy of their last two records has been a real inspiration on some of our heavier material. We went to see them at The 100 Club last year and were blown away by their live show, it was great to see some proper crowd surfing at a gig again!


PAVEMENT – TRIGGER CUT/WOUNDED KITE AT: 17

One of the most underrated bands of the 90s, I was personally a late-comer to Pavement until Luke gave me a copy of their first record ‘Slanted And Enchanted’ on the way home from a gig, I couldn’t stop listening to it. Their influence on us is probably apparent in songs like ‘Joy In A Small Wage’ and ‘Missing Persons’.


Asylums‘ brand new single ‘Necessary Appliances’ is released on April 27th 2016 through Cool Thing Records, and you can listen to it in full now via SoundCloud (here). Make sure you follow the band on online via Facebook (here) and Twitter (here).

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