Essex based Asylums, release their second album Alien Human Emotions. Moodier than their first album but no less energetic, their press release compares into a swig of Jagermeister. I guess that makes it strong, dark, and not to everyone's tastes? Released on Asylum's own record label, Cool Thing.
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Is pop-punk better when it’s got a good time going for it? Simmering with aspiration and hope for a most amazing day, and invoking la la las rather than na na nas, Asylums are one of the brightest iterations of their genre I’ve heard. They take those power hooks and channel something positive through them -- which isn’t to say I don’t like hearing people whine about their exes, but… Asylums are lifting off, and in this weather, that’s cold water to my face.
You think things can’t get more sun-blasted than the wiry guitars and cheerfully whined vox of “Day Release to the Moon”, but they seem to retreat further into their influences on “When We Wake Up”, creating a fully accelerated radio tune that makes me want to get in a car with an open window and get my hair blowing. This is pop-punk recast as Big Music, best played loud because the dynamics demand it: they throw the kitchen sink at the chorus of this whirring, yelling song.
With little interest in balance, this record coasts through its screech. There’s nothing separating “When We Wake Up from “Bottle Bank” and the opening chord salvo of “Alien Human Emotions” can’t stave off the usual old-school guitar riffing and thrashed out drums. If you want the maximum hooks, the easiest euphoria and none of the drama that usually comes with it, then there’s this record and this record alone.
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