Amyl & the Sniffers – the Melbourne, Australia rock band fronted by powerhouse Amy Taylor – return stateside this weekend for their Fall U.S. tour.
To celebrate the start of the tour, Amyl & the Sniffers share an incredible live video today. Featuring three tracks performed live at The Forum in Melbourne, the video includes “Mutts,” “Capital” and “Choices.”
“I wanted this to be filmed so people could see what our live show was like during the ‘Comfort To Me’ touring period,” Amy Taylor says of the live video. “It had to be filmed by John Angus Stewart of PHC Films as he has been there filming since the beginning. He was in the studio with us shooting behind the scenes when the album was being recorded, he made all of our videos and shot our Live from Williamstown show, and finally these clips, shot at this iconic venue in our hometown. John’s energy parallels mine, so I’m really happy having him on stage with me. You get up close and personal on these.”
Amyl & The Sniffers’ sophomore album Comfort To Me is out now. Comfort To Me, which was co-produced by the band and Dan Luscombe, is the follow-up to Amyl & the Sniffers’ critically acclaimed 2019 self-titled debut album, which won Australia’s esteemed ARIA Award for Best Rock Album and saw the band tour their anarchic and ridiculously fun live show internationally for the past two years.
Amyl & the Sniffers, the Melbourne, Australia rock band fronted by Amy Taylor, released their sophomore album Comfort To Me a few weeks ago via ATO Records/Rough Trade. Now, after a triumphant release from the world’s longest lockdown in Australia, Amyl & the Sniffers announce their long-awaited return stateside for a North American 2022 tour. In addition to the band’s previously announced show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December which sold out in less than one day, the Sniffers will tour Spring 2022.
Comfort To Me, which was co-produced by the band and Dan Luscombe, is the follow-up to Amyl & the Sniffers’ critically acclaimed 2019 self-titled debut album, which won Australia’s esteemed ARIA Award for Best Rock Album and saw the band tour their anarchic and ridiculously fun live show internationally for the past two years. With its lyrics largely written during the Australian Bushfire season, when The Sniffers were already wearing masks to protect themselves from smoke in the air, Comfort To Me came together in a 3-bedroom apartment where the four band members quarantined together during COVID-19 lockdown. The result is a less spontaneous and more darkly considered record that masterfully captures the essence of the band like never before. “This album is just us — raw self expression, defiant energy, unapologetic vulnerability,” says Taylor. “It was written by four self-taught musicians who are all just trying to get by and have a good time.”
12/6/2021 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/26/2022 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
4/27/2022 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
5/6/2022 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
5/ 7/2022 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Amyl & the Sniffers, the Melbourne, Australia rock band fronted by Amy Taylor, will release their sophomore album Comfort To Me this Friday, September 10th, via ATO Records/Rough Trade. Today the band share one more single entitled “Hertz” in advance of the release. “‘Hertz’ is a daydream of wanting to go to the country/bush and see landscapes other than the city,” Taylor explains. “ It was written in 2019 but it very much sounds like a pandemic song, because it’s a daydream about being repulsed by confinement, and frustrated over being stuck in one place.” @amylandthesniffers
Amyl and the Sniffers, the Melbourne, Australia rock band fronted by Amy Taylor, will release their second album Comfort To Me on September 10 on ATO Records.
Taylor and her bandmates – guitarist Dec Martens, bassist Gus Romer, and drummer Bryce Wilson – wrote Comfort To Me during the pandemic while quarantining in the same house together, spending more time refining the songs than they had previously. “The nihilistic, live in the moment, positivity and panel beater rock-meets-shed show punk was still there, but it was better,” says Taylor. “The whole thing was less spontaneous and more darkly considered.”
“The amount of time and thought I put into the lyrics for this album is completely different from the EPs, and even the first record,” she continues. “Half of the lyrics were written during the Australian bushfire season, when we were already wearing masks to protect ourselves from the smoke in the air. And then when the pandemic hit, our options were the same as everyone: go find a day job and work in intense conditions or sit at home and drown in introspection. I fell into the latter category. I had all this energy inside of me and nowhere to put it, because I couldn’t perform, and it had a hectic effect on my brain. My brain evolved and warped and my way of thinking about the world completely changed.
Having to deal with a lot of authority during 2020 and realising my lack of power made me feel both more self destructive and more self disciplined, more nihilistic and more depressed and more resentful, which ultimately fuelled me with a kind of relentless motivation. I became a temporary monster. I partied more, but I also exercised heaps, read books and ate veggies. I was like an egg going into boiling water when this started, gooey and weak but with a hard surface. I came out even harder. I’m still soft on the inside, but in a different way.”
The result is a collection of 13 songs – mixed by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and mastered by Bernie Grundman (Prince, Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, OutKast) – that amp up the band’s infectiously chaotic energy. “People will use other bands as a sonic reference to make it more digestible and journalists will make it seem more pretentious and considered than it really is,” says Taylor, “but in the end this album is just us — raw self expression, defiant energy, unapologetic vulnerability.”
Today the band shares Comfort To Me’s pummeling first single “Guided by Angels” alongside a video directed by John Angus Stewart.