Track Of The Day: Asylums - Necessary Appliances

Track Of The Day: Asylums - Necessary Appliances

Asylums have created a snapshot of a band and country in a state of change. They may have killer pop hooks, but there’s no bubblegum here – songs about the death of high street retail, austerity, and rampant consumerism, sit cheek by jowl next to tales of sex, outsider culture, and gender equality. With a social media blackout for the first three singles, ‘Killer Brain Waves’ is the culmination of a two year slow burn – all this in the time that has seen other bands get themselves signed and disappear off the face of the Earth.

A new song every three months, each with a new DIY video on a new theme, on their own Cool Thing Records label run out of a spare bedroom in Southend-on-Sea. And it’s not just for Asylums – this album has secured Cool Thing a distribution deal with Brighton’s
Republic Of Music, meaning that they can now give other bands a platform.

Watch -Asylums - Necessary Appliances BELOW:

Some of the songs you’ll know. After all, five of the tracks on Killer Brain Waves went straight onto Radio 1, and the band have been playing the length and breadth of Britain supporting the likes of The Vaseline’s, Killing Joke, Ash and Nothing But Thieves.

The rest of the songs – you may not know them yet, but you will very soon…


1. Second Class Sex
2. I’ve Seen Your Face in a Music Magazine
3. Joy in a small wage
4. Bad Influence
5. Wet Dream Fanzine
6. The Death of Television
7. Monosylabic Saliva
8. Born to not Belong
9. Necessary Appliances
10. Sunday Commuters
11. Missing Persons
12. Slacker Shoppers


22nd July - The Copper Rooms, Coventry
24th July - Tramlines Festival
28th July - The Lexington, Radio X - Xposure
30th July - Leopallooza Festival
4th Aug - South Records Instore
19th Aug - Sub 89, Reading
8th Sept - Bestival
16th Oct - Hackney Wonderland Festival

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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