Amyl and the Sniffers have left a trail of destruction in their wake over the past year. Off the back of two EPs they’ve been catapulted onto a seemingly never-ending world tour that’s seen them tear up the UK, Europe, and America multiple times. Amid all the chaos, somehow the Aussies managed to fit in the recording of their debut album.
If fast-and-hard punk is the order of the day then Amyl and the Sniffers are full of it. In just under half an hour they cram in 11 songs that are bursting with Oi! beats and searing guitar solos, all headed up by firebrand vocalist Amy Taylor. Previously released single ‘Cup of Destiny’ remains a stand-out - a burst of explosive energy packed into a two minute spasm. ‘Punisha’ emulates Motorhead at their most furious; ‘Monsoon Rock’ sounds like The Cramps on speed.
‘Got You’ is one of the few tracks that gives Amy space to tell a comprehensible story: “buy me a drink and my eyes glaze over”, she drawls, on a record that is often overpowered by its own thrashing intensity. A great advert for Australia’s most incendiary live band.
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