Amyl and the Sniffers – “Comfort to Me” LP
The Melbourne band’s second album, successfully navigating it’s way past the voyeuristic gaze of straightsville’s media by delivering a defiantly straight forward, hard-edged punk rock record. Pop-rock sensibilities get severely knocked around by some anger-fuelled violence, which is combined with a heavier, more robust strain of production and musicianship. Like The Avengers meets Cosmic Pychos (I’m hearing Coloured Balls, too!), and fronted by a manic live-wire front person that – let’s be honest – the underground scene spews out on a regular basis, but for whatever reason (zeitgeist? sheer charasmatic talent, I guess?) Amyl And The Sniffers have captured the spotlight, and to be fare, where they could have screwed-up royally they have instead come out of lockdown isolation batting tighter and harder than before. Credit to the band, success has made them more fuck you, rather than please you. 13 tracks, recorded in late 2020, mixed long-distance by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Idles, Yeah Yeah Yeahs).