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Bring On Amyl and The Sniffers

Door Charlotte Saintoin |

From the sticky underground Melbourne scene to the world stage, Amyl and The Sniffers’ second album ’Comfort to Me’ is more than worthy of our Qobuzissime Award.

One of the most exciting punk bands of the last few years, it has been said, and it is repeated: it is Amyl and the Sniffers. The Australians, led by the brilliant Amy Taylor, are gradually climbing the ladder of notoriety with their explosive live performances and 'no shits given' attitude. After two EPs they recorded their first album with Joey Walker of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. This self-titled album allowed them to win the award for best rock album at the prestigious ARIA Awards, and now, here is Comfort to Me and its deformed cover.

The aptly named Comfort to Me was born out of the confined period during which Amy, Bryce Wilson (drums), Dec Martens (guitar) and Fergus Romer (bass), behind closed doors in a Melbourne house, worked daily on what would become haunting tracks with visceral garage energy.

The recipe inherited from Cro-Mags or Cosmic Psychos differs slightly from Amyl's previous releases: repetitive and searing rhythm section, simple, raw and looped lyrics, worked out screaming guitars, ultra-short tracks. Notorious difference: the more careful production strategy.

To understand this album best, Amy describes it... "If I had to explain what this record is like, I'd say it's like watching an episode of The Nanny, except the setting is the Australian car show, Fran is interested in social issues, she's read a few books, and Mr. Sheffield is drinking beer in the sun. It's like a Mitsubishi Lancer going slightly over the speed limit in a school zone. It's realising how good it is to wear sweatpants to bed. It's having someone want to make you dinner when you're really tired. It's me shadow-boxing on stage, covered in sweat, instead of sitting quietly in a corner." Comforting because it's off-screen. Everything we love in a Qobuzissime.