SET FOR RELEASE 14 OCTOBER 2022
ON COOL THING RECORDS
+ REVEAL NEW SINGLE
Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed comeback single ‘Crypto Klepto’, ASYLUMS return with another slice of anarchic agitpop called ‘Scatterbrain’ along with the announcement of their eagerly awaited fourth album ‘Signs Of Life’, due 14th October.
Album opener and new single ‘Scatterbrain’ comes out of the starting blocks like Dr Feelgood and The Jesus & Mary Chain gene-spliced with Richard III era Supergrass, urgent, pseudo sardonic but somehow still fun, it sets the tone for the whole album which was always intended to be life-affirming and joyous after a deeply reflective period.
Recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios with genre-bending ‘Manic Street Preachers’ producer Dave Eringa in the driving seat, ‘Signs Of Life’ is a record that evolves the Asylums’ sound once again while still staying true to their musical and lyrical DNA.
Asylums ‘Signs Of Life’ draws inspiration from a spectrum of human emotions and examines how they intersected with technology during the accelerated change of the last few years. As well as dialling their manic rock sound up to 10, this record also draws from the likes of R.E.M., The Magnetic Fields and The Beatles who all arguably made some of their best work during a live hiatus.
Producer Dave Eringa on ‘Signs Of Life’:
“When Luke said he wanted to do an album at Rockfield in 8 days – all played live & to integrate big strings into their sound – it sounded so ridiculous I thought “let’s do this”! Only a band that can really play can do this kind of recording. No clicks, no tricks – all live off the floor, a few judicious overdubs, some amazing string arrangements from musical polymath Henry & a bizarre interruption from Countryfile – it was a pretty intense week and I couldn’t be prouder of them for what they achieved! They’ve really taken themselves to the next level!”
Track Listing for ‘Signs Of Life’:
2. Understand The Psychology
3. Instant Coffee
4. Signs Of Life
5. Crypto Klepto
6. Erase The Edges
7. If You Can’t Join Them Beat Them
8. Say Goodbye Before You Die
9. Nursery Rhymes Against Humanity
10. Everybody Has A Space To Fill
11. Spat Out The Other Side
12. The Mirror
Pre-order ‘Signs Of Life’ HERE
The world has changed, Asylums have changed…but one thing remains valid, making music is still an essential craft and serves as basic human medicine for many musicians and listeners alike.
Friend of the band Andrew Delaney directs the ‘Scatterbrain’ video – the filmmaker behind iconic videos by Leftfield and Lauryn Hill and draws inspiration from David Hockney with just a hint of The Monkees.
25/06/22 Glastonbury Festival, The Leftfield Stage (17.00)
07/08/22 Bingley Weekender with Pixies, White Lies and Sea Power
19/10/22 Rough Trade East, London (Free show)
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.