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Published on June 13th, 2019 | by voxx

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Amyl and the Sniffers – Amyl and the Sniffers

The Aussie punks deliver breathless thrills with minimal fuss…

No nation does bloody-nosed rock’n’roll like Australia. A musical bar brawl that kicked off at the dawn of the ’70s, its core values remain intact nearly 50 years on: unshakeable attitude delivered at maximum volume with minimum fuss.

Amyl And The Sniffers are the latest variation on this undying theme. They’re a loving call back to Sharpie culture, a uniquely Antipodean movement of the early ’70s that combined street punk belligerence with skinhead fashion and the kind of feral mullets that look like they need feeding regularly to stop them getting vicious.

The Melbourne band have all three parts of the equation locked down on their exhilarating debut album. Its 11 breathless tracks bottle the barely controlled explosion of energy that masquerades as their live show, then sprays it all out again like cheap lager. ‘Starfire 500’ and ‘Gacked On Anger’ are equal parts aggro and mischief, their caveman riffing matched in in-your-face-intensity by lead singer Amy “Amyl” Taylor’s brat-punk scream.

Taylor is the storm in the eye of the hurricane. But she can turn on the vulnerability too. ‘Got You’ finds her mooning over a bloke she meets in a club. “Walk in the room and I start blushing,” she trills, though the gang vocals belching out the song’s title mean it probably won’t be appearing on too many Sunday Morning Love Ballads Spotify playlists.

In truth, Amyl And The Sniffers is too combustible to have much in the way of legs – it’s an album for the here and now. But on those terms at least, it’s 1-0 to the mullets.

- By Jake White


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