Asylums exploded into being with bags of fuzzed up energy and enough hair to stuff several pillows, 2017 will be their 3rd consecutive Camden Rocks Festival and we spoke to them about the festival, questionable fashion choices and missing instruments.
When did your relationship with Camden start?
I discovered Camden at a very young age and had the same love affair with it most teenagers do, it opened up a new world of possibility to me, obscure records, fashion, great venues. It seemed like the culture hub of London and exhilarated me to be around.
Have you played in Camden before?
Several times, it’s a great place to test the water when you’re starting out in a band, venues like The Monarch and The Enterprise aren’t too intimidating but still give you the thrill of playing in the city for the first time.
Some of the most memorable Asylums gigs have been in Camden, 2 sweaty punk shows at Camden Rocks Festival, A headline show at Koko and supporting Killing Joke at the legendary Roundhouse.
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What was your reaction when you knew you would be playing there this year?
We were honoured to be asked for the third year in a row, we have always had a blast at Camden Rocks and plan to tear the roof off again this year!
From the announcement of bands so far who are you looking forward to seeing and who would you hope may yet make it on?
Hopefully we will get a chance to see Carl Barat & The Jackals and Reverend & The Makers, we have toured with both of them and they are lovely people.
Have you been to Camden Market, what did you buy?
I once brought some skinny jeans from there which were half black and half white, I thought they were cool until I got home and realised I looked like a jester.
Which Camden venue is the best to play at?
Personally Koko is my favourite venue we’ve played there, it’s a stunning building inside and out.
Camden was once London’s go to borough for piano making, do you know any Camden trivia?
Camden is where Asylums lost the red Fender Jaguar you see in the video for ‘Joy In A Small Wage’ …bad times.
Why should I as a gig goer make an effort to see you guys at Camden this year?
If you like unconventional haircuts, experimental dancing, crowd surfing and intervals of sock puppet theatre, come and see Asylums at Camden Rocks this year.
GIGsoup approves of all those things, how could you possibly refuse an offer like that? Tickets still available HERE