Thursday, June 04, 2020

Asylums issue 'Platitudes' in visual form

Words: Sam Geary 

Asylums have released their new video for track 'Platitudes'.

Directed by Andrew Delaney - who worked on the earlier 'Catalogue Kids' visual for the Southend quartet - it features live footage, off stage antics, and in the studio with producer Steve Albini.

'Platitudes' itself is a rocky maelstrom of feisty, punk-edged riffs, and comes from the band's forthcoming album 'Genetic Cabaret', out on July 17 via their own Cool Thing Records label.

"It’s going to sound weird, but I initially wrote 'Platitudes' using an old 808 drum machine and a synth, I was listening to loads of electronic film music at the time because I wanted a more angular and dystopian feel for ‘Genetic Cabaret’ than our previous album 'Alien Human Emotions'," reveals frontman Luke Branch.

"By the time we started developing the track as a band this song was sped up to almost hysterical levels and the fuzz pedals came back out. Lyrically, it's certainly influenced by some of the empty political messaging that was going on in early 2019, but spliced together with some topics present in the David Cronenberg, J. G. Ballard and Stephen King work I was obsessing over during its incubation..."

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