Melbourne-based '70s rock-inspired punk four-piece Amyl & the Sniffers emerged in the late 2010s as part of a new wave of punk from Australia's East Coast. Sporting a diverse range of mullets and a lawless attitude, the band channeled the unruly energy of their live shows on EPs such as 2017's Big Attraction, a wild blend that recalled early Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Motörhead, and Courtney Barnett. Their self-titled full-length debut landed in 2019.
The band's origins lie in the bedroom-recording sessions of housemates Amy Taylor (vocals), Bryce Wilson (drums), Dec Martens (guitar), and Gus Romer (bass). Taking their cue from an unlikely set of influences — AC/DC, Cosmic Psychos, Dolly Parton, and Die Antwoord — they huddled together in Taylor's room to write, record, mix, and release their debut EP, Giddy Up, in 12 hours. That 2016 EP was followed in 2017 with the self-released Big Attraction EP which featured "I'm Not a Loser." The track was illustrative of the band's instinct for a killer hook and demonstrated their low-rent charm and snotty sense of humor.
While steadily gathering an infamous live reputation, Amyl & the Sniffers began to secure slots at festivals like Bigsound in Brisbane, Meredith, and CherryRock17. Following such successes in their native Australia, word began to spread, leading to interest from British and American labels. In the States, Burger Records put out Big Attraction on cassette, and in the U.K., Damaged Goods combined their first two EPs for release on 12" vinyl in 2018. That same year the band embarked on their first headlining U.K. tour and hit the road in support of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard across America before signing to Rough Trade. Their debut LP, Amyl and the Sniffers, arrived in the summer of 2019 and included singles "Monsoon Rock" and "Got You." ~ Bekki Bemrose