Melbourne’s most exciting group, Amyl And The Sniffers, release their self-titled debut album. It features tracks ‘Got You’ and ‘Monsoon Rock’. The record was recorded in Sheffield with Ross Orton towards the end of 2018 and captures the garage punk, 70s sharpie-esque ferocious live energy for which the four-piece have become renowned.
“‘Got You’ is about that feeling you get when you first start seeing someone and you’re excited to see them, no matter what shit they got. You just see them at the pub and it feels like the most exciting thing in the world, like you’re so lucky they’re even there. It’s definitely one of the ‘sweetest’ songs on the album, and less punky. It was kind of inspired by Split Enz. We worked with Melbourne director Triana Hernandez for the video and we decided to make it less like a love song and more cheeky. We wanted to play with the power dynamics a bit and turn ‘I got you’ into ‘I literally own you’, just to make it a bit more dark. It’s obviously not a healthy relationship but that kind of thing is easy to slip into, too.” - Amyl And The Sniffers · “The single most exhilarating rock’n’roll show I’ve seen in years” - The Guardian
“They left audiences slack-jawed” - New Yorker
“We are bearing witness to a Rock Star. For Amyl is without a shadow of a doubt, a fucken Rock Star... I can see why Amyl And The Sniffers have signed to Rough Trade, why folk in the UK are going ape-shit.” - Everett True
Amyl And The Sniffers are Amy Taylor (vocals), Gus Romer (bass), Bryce Wilson (drums) and Declan Martens. They formed in Melbourne, Australia in early 2016 and wrote, self-recorded and released their debut EP, ,Giddy Up,, all in a span of twelve hours.
Their second EP, ‘Big Attractions’, was released in February 2017, then re-released as a 12” double EP with ‘Giddy Up’, through Homeless Records in Australia and Damaged Goods in the UK. Both PBS FM and Triple R FM in Melbourne made the record Album Of The Week and the band went on the sell out multiple Australian headline shows. 2018 saw limited edition vinyl copies of ‘Giddy Up’ / ‘Big Attractions’ fly off the shelves, pushing Amyl And The Sniffers into the Top 40 on the UK Vinyl Charts.
The band made their international debut at The Great Escape festival in May followed by sold out shows in London, before flying out to the Los Angeles to join King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard on a 22-date tour of the United States. Return trips to both the UK and US followed later in the year, where the band played to packed houses and rave festival reviews. They were also nominated as Best New Act at the Q Awards and won the $30,000 Levis Prize.
AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS - AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS
- Starfire 500
- Gacked on Anger
- Cup of Destiny
- Monsoon Rock
- Got You
- Shake Ya
- Some Mutts (Can't Be Muzzled)