Asylums are a pretty new band in the British rock scene. Founded towards the end of 2013 by lead-singer and guitarist Luke Branch, the band have done well to rapidly establish a name for themselves in what is fast-becoming a very crowded genre of music.
The genre of music in question can be broadly defined as guitar-driven indie rock, but this label does not quite capture the frantic energy of Asylums’ musical output. The band have an ‘X-Factor’ which elevates them beyond their peers and leaves the listener extremely excited for future material.
Asylums stand out to me on a number of levels. Starting from the ground up: the quality of the music; riffs, vocals and the structure of tracks is simply top-notch. I’ll go into more detail about this in my review of the band’s debut Killer Brain Waves, but needless to say Asylums blend a plethora of rock styles to create a unique and diverse soundscape. Have a listen to ‘Necessary Appliances’ down below.
Luke Branch’s lyrics are also some of the best I’ve experienced in recent music. Ranging from satirical social commentary to personal introspection, there’s absolutely loads to discover in Asylums’ music. Luke and I discuss the lyrical content of several of his tracks in this week’s interview, a link to which you can find down below.
Asylums are our band of the week on Good Music Matters. I’ve reviewed the band’s incredible debut LP Killer Brain Waves, which you can read here. Additionally, I had the pleasure of chatting with Asylum’s founder, lead-singer and principal songwriter Luke Branch, which you can read here.
Until next time, enjoy the –Satirical Indie Rock- music.
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