Asylums – Alien Human Emotions

It’s proven increasingly tough for bands to translate their live antics onto a studio album. The likes of Sex Pistols, The Undertones, and even The Who could never really replicate their euphoric live displays in the studio. So it would be a difficult task for Asylums – of rowdy, mosh-pit-heavy gigs fame – to replicate that sound for their sophomore record, Alien Human Emotions. Instead, then, they’ve decided to layer it with the more intense themes of our current political climate. The record is a punk album in more ways than one; not only is it brimming with lashings of intense guitar work, energetic drum patterns and frontman Luke Branch’s finest ever vocals, but also thematically it confronts everything from relationship breakdowns to the social and political landscape.

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