Amyl and The Sniffers – s/t (album review)

by Woody on June 5, 2019

I had seen plenty of live videos before catching a set at SXSW by Australia’s Amyl and The Sniffers. It was a fun set and they certainly looked the part, with Amy Taylor prowling around the stage looking to cause mayhem at any and very turn. But I also had a small concern that they may have been more of a spectacle and less of a band. Any concern has been washed away with this excellent debut. Guided by the production of Ross Orton, some of the rough edges are slightly sanded down allowing you to really connect with the album.

The whole of the album plays out like a concert from sweaty punk club in the 70s. Starfire 500 opens up with the band going haywire for 1:50 before Amy even pops up with some vocals. It feels like they’re caging an animal as she comes out firing. On the last track, Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled); the last two minutes play in some furious 70s inspired guitar solo; almost saying her work is done here. It’s a brilliant way of packaging the album. In between the bookends, they unleash one punishing track after another. They floor it from beginning to end, never letting up. Thankfully it only lasts 29 minutes as I don’t think my old ass could keep up for much more than that.

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