By Sebastian Buzzalino
Amyl and the Sniffers – Amyl and the Sniffers
[ATO/Rough Trade/Flightless Records]
Australia’s Amyl and the Sniffers have made a name for themselves in the past year due to their wild, hedonistic live performances, which often feature frontwoman Amy Taylor completely disintegrating the barrier between band and audience.
Amyl and the Sniffers’ self-titled debut harnesses this explosive energy into a 29-minute, 11-track, breathless sprint of an album that is as fun as their live shows promise.
Amyl and the Sniffers is, at its core, an update to the breakneck glory days of the 70s, when rock and roll was fuelled primarily by endless cheap booze and amphetamines.
Dirtbag anthems, such as lead single “Got You,” are drenched in nihilism and pandemonium as the band swirls and rips around Taylor, feeling like they could come undone at any moment. And like the best luminaries of rock and roll, Taylor manages to hold everything together through sheer force of will, a testament to her strength and power as one of the most engaging performers today.
After the hype they garnered at this year’s SXSW, Amyl and the Sniffers are rocket-bound for the highest echelons of rock royalty, an immediate and unstoppable tour de force that leaves you gasping for more.
Amyl and the Sniffers, ATO, Flightless Records, Rough Trade