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Amyl & the Sniffers search for new highs in Aussie garage punk


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One night in February 2016, a group of friends and roommates in Melbourne, Australia, decided to have some fun and play a little music. By the next day they’d recorded and released an EP, Giddy Up, under the name Amyl & the Sniffers—“Amyl” comes from the name of front woman Amy Louise Taylor, and from there the joke is pretty self-explanatory. This scuzzy four-piece is inspired by garage and early punk (specifically the gritty, explosive variety that bubbled up in Australia in the 70s and 80s), the rowdy, straightforward rock of AC/DC and Rose Tattoo, and outlaw country, among other things. Amyl & the Sniffers celebrated their first anniversary last year with the release of Big Attraction, a collection of stripped-down ragers about sex, beer, good times, and working mundane jobs to pay for the next bender (and still make rent). They aren’t reinventing the wheel, but their supersolid songs embody the reckless spirit and irreverence of Aussie punk past and present—as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. When Amyl & the Sniffers are done with the Empty Bottle, on the other hand, there may be all sorts of shit in need of repair.   v

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