Amyl and the Sniffers – “Monsoon Rock”
By Jay Armstrong
To be asked what band I am currently stoked about is a question I hardly ever know how to answer. My mind bouncing about typically without grasping any standouts steadily focused under my interests spotlight, often the response amounting to washing sway meekness all uh-well-I-kinda-uh-uhhh. this has not been the case since fate dropped Amyl and the Sniffers onto my path. It is insane how stoked I am about this band knowing their first full length hasn’t even hit yet. Sure enough though, if I had to say who was my absolute sixteen-year-old-fainting-before-the-face-of-Elvis band it would be without a doubt the Sniffers. They’ve got a long way to go before climbing the latter to the top of my favorite Australian bands list, they are quickly on the way though. As for this moment here now Amyl and the Sniffers are everything.
Rock N Roll perpetuating us to new great time memories of the finest cynic escapism must carry on the linear passed torch tradition first sprung out of folk through the blues right down the line–it is more important than new sounds, fashion shifts, scene sustainability; all of it are cliff notes to our experience looking through the lens of our own flaming moment in the expanse of time. This cultural lineage may be Rock N Roll in the broad strokes but the prerequisite is regional; for us in the United States we have Mark Sultan, King Khan, John Dwyer, and Natural Child as notable recents dragging the thing out of the swamp proper. Our heroes may work as buffers for the all but they must spring out of the local always as well so those four could never be enough to sustain anyone in Melbourne. That being said I am too far removed from my coddled corner in Austin,TX to say what Australian idols are similarly stomping broad chest around their area of the yard. So the best I can say about Amyl and the Sniffers is they manage to take the cool sing-along strut of my always crush Drunk Mums and drudge up the best Visitors, Vaginors, and Asteroid B-612 ever put out; going further back than the nineties I’d just sound like a dick trying to say where the roots of this band begin taking hold; at the sake of seeing this line of thought through maybe I hear a Freeway heart pumping at double speed and somewhere under the hood is The Throb –cause if The Throb were good enough for the Stones then they gotta be good enough for everyone else. Right?– but even that is me grasping at straws within my limited historical awareness.
Anyway, here is the simple yet fun video for “Monsoon Rock.” The full album will be here May 24th. We will have more on their upcoming shows as well as a huge amount of slopped hype thrown on Amyl and the Sniffers this Friday as part of our SXSW 2019 MUST SEE Bands feature. Enjoy em while they remain just ours cause this year is about to launch them far out of our league.