Amyl and the Sniffers started as a joke, and progressively got a little less serious every time they picked up their instruments. But they got good!
Part of a new wave of punk from Australia’s East Coast, the Melbourne outfit emerged from a shared house with a slew of grimy riffs and dirty jokes, reminiscent of second wave UK punk (UK Subs, Discharge and the likes) mangled with US underground sounds.
This is straight-up three-chord punk, delivered with such gusto that you’d think it had never been done before.
The Aussie band – comprised of singer Amy Taylor and band members Bryce Wilson, Declan Martens and Gus Romer – recently made a move to Rough Trade Records and are readying up a new album. But they already have some tunes under their belt: a couple of EPs and a full length from 2018, so do dive in for some listening and jumping about (here’s a hit song).
Growing buzz around their blistering live show has made the band a hot tip wherever they play. And they keep busy on the touring circuit and have joined fellow Aussies King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard on a US tour. They have also played several shows in England, which have had the Guardian over the moon: "Melbourne’s magnificent garage crew Amyl and the Sniffers play the single most exhilarating rock’n’roll show I’ve seen in years."
Amyl shows are not ones to go quietly into the night. Neither are you, right? So, come and join the fun and chaos when Amyl and the Sniffers play Roskilde Festival 2019.