Independent Artist Of The Week: Amyl And The Sniffers

April 9th 2018


From a share house and across Melbourne’s sticky-carpet rock scene, Amyl and The Sniffers have made the climb onto the national stage.

In 12 hours, Amy Taylor, Bryce Wilson and Declan Martens wrote the handful of songs that made up their debut EP Giddy Up. Their M.O.? To have as much fun as they could while scaring a bunch of fans in the process. Add to the mix Gus Romer on bass and you have a grimy four piece inspired by an eclectic mix of pub rock, Aussie punk, country and western and rap rave.

From constant touring to amassing a local and global following, 2017 was a huge year for the band. US label Burger Records put out Amyl & The Sniffers second EP, Big Attraction, making them the hot tip at Bigsound and from one cult Melbourne festival lineup to another: Meredith Music Festival, Cherry Rock and Boogie Festival. Add to this their recent signing to Flightless Records and you could say that Amyl and The Sniffers are drinking from ‘the cup of life’.

But the group raise a different chalice on their latest single, ‘Cup of Destiny’. It’s a 2 minute build of mullet-punk that they have come to be known for, led by the badassery of Amy Taylor – a front woman that would make Debbie Harry eat her heart out. In a pretty surprising turn, a band member of a very different flavour, Joey Walker (King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard) is the mastermind behind the single’s recording, as well as the first few tracks on their upcoming debut album.

Taylor says “You’ll never really know it til it hits ya” so take a sip from the ‘Cup of Destiny’ below:


WHO: Amyl and The Sniffers ‘Cup of Destiny’ Tour
WHERE: Landsdowne Hotel
WHEN: 8pm Tuesday April 24
HOW MUCH: $23.50 – Tickets available here
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