with Sivle, Surfbort

Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

$12 / $14



Songbyrd Presents

Saturday October 13, 2018


From their home-job mullets to their three-chord riffs, Amyl & The Sniffers are a purely Australian proto-punk, pub-rock throwback; bluntly antagonistic, gleefully violent and impossible to look away from.

"I find the beauty in the filth," sneers frontwoman Amy Taylor on Pleasure Forever, a song packed with coarse, brattish heat that's equal parts '70s Western Sydney and 21st-century Saint Kilda. It’s not beautiful, but it is irresistible. It takes less than 20 minutes to listen to everything Amyl & The Sniffers have recorded, but since forming in early 2016 they’ve become one of Melbourne’s biggest live draws.

The band’s three-chord punk rock riffs would bring a tear to Kim Fowley’s eye. Then there’s Amyl and the Sniffers’ catchy track 70s Street Munchies, with its subliminal references to Eskimo Pies and Chico Rolls. And wasn’t sniffing amyl nitrate the cheap narcotic pleasure of many a ‘70s nocturnal gathering?

Amy Taylor laughs when I make the superficial observation. “I suppose it’s just what interests me and influences me,” she says. “Growing up around my parents, who grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, that’s what I’ve been around – muscle cars, shit punk music, that kind of stuff.”

Amyl and the Sniffers started out as an impromptu bedroom recording project. “We all lived together, so we all got home from work and study,” Taylor says. “Callum, another guy who I lived with, had all this stuff set up in my room, ready to record. So we sat down for four hours, we wrote and recorded and he mixed the EP and that day we put it out. ”