Amyl and the Sniffers
Amyl and the Sniffers performing at The Piece Hall in Halifax, 27 June 2019
Amyl and the Sniffers performing at The Piece Hall in Halifax, 27 June 2019
Background information
OriginMelbourne, Australia
Genres
Years active2016–present
Labels
Websiteamylandthesniffers.com
MembersAmy Taylor
Bryce Wilson
Dec Martens
Gus Romer
Past membersCalum Newton
Sam McPherson
Stelios Kostogiannis
Aaron Moss
Daniel Breda

Amyl and the Sniffers are an Australian pub rock and punk rock band based in Melbourne, consisting of vocalist Amy Taylor, drummer Bryce Wilson, guitarist Dec Martens, and bassist Fergus Romer.[1] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, their self-titled debut record won the Best Rock Album category.

History

The band was formed by housemates Taylor, Wilson and Martens and former band member Calum Newton (AKA Candy) in Balaclava, Melbourne. The four wrote, recorded, and released their first EP, Giddy Up, in a span of 12 hours.[2] Calum left the band to pursue solo music and was replaced by Fergus Romer. They take their name from the Australian slang for amyl nitrite, also known as poppers.[3] Amy Taylor compared their music to the drug in an interview with Paul Glynn of the BBC: "In Australia we call poppers Amyl. So you sniff it, it lasts for 30 seconds and then you have a headache – and that's what we're like!"[3] Their sound has been compared to 1970s hard rock groups such as Iggy Pop and The Stooges and The Damned.[2] However, Taylor has cited a number of varying influences including Minor Threat, Ceremony, AC/DC, Sleaford Mods, Dolly Parton and Cardi B.[3]

The band was signed to Homeless Records in July 2017 and Big Attraction/Giddy Up was released on 12 January 2018. Big Attraction/Giddy Up reached No. 8 on the UK Top 40 (Vinyl Charts) in March 2018. The band was signed to Rough Trade Records later in 2018, and went into the studio to record their debut album with producer and former Add N to (X) drummer Ross Orton.[4] The result was the self-titled Amyl and the Sniffers, which was released on 24 May 2019 and has received generally positive reviews including a 7.2 from Pitchfork[2] and 4 out of 5 stars from NME[5] and Allmusic.[6] In light of the album's release, Happy Mag placed the band at No. 9 on their list of "The 15 Australian female artists changing the game right now", praising front-woman Amy Taylor for being "one of hardest rocking people on the face of the planet."[7]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, Amyl and the Sniffers won the Best Rock Album category.[8][9][10] In February 2020, the self-titled album was nominated for the Australian Music Prize of 2019.[11]

On 7 July 2021, Amyl and the Sniffers announced their second studio album Comfort to Me, alongside lead single "Guided by Angels".[12] Later in July, the band released another single, "Security". Three days prior to the release of the album the band released a final single, "Hertz", alongside a complementary music video.[13] The full Comfort to Me album was initially scheduled for release in early October 2021,[14] but was pushed up and released on 10 September.[15]

Discography

Albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
AUS
[16]
BEL
(WA)

[17]
GER
[18]
IRE
[19]
UK
[20]
Amyl and the Sniffers2291
Comfort to Me
  • Released: 10 September 2021[12]
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming, LP
  • Label: B2B
2
[22]
83228821

EPs

Vocalist Amy Taylor in a live recording 2017
TitleDetails
Giddy Up
  • Released: Feb 2016[23]
Big Attraction
  • Released: March 2017[24]

Singles

List of singles, showing year released and album name
TitleYearAlbum
"Balaclava Lover Boogie"[25]2018Big Attractions
"Cup of Destiny"[26]Amyl and the Sniffers
"Some Mutts (Can't Be Muzzled)"[26]
"Monsoon Rock"[27]2019
"Got You"[28]
"Gacked On Anger"[29]
"Guided By Angels"[12]2021Comfort to Me
"Security"[14]

Awards and nominations

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music.[30]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2019[31]Amyl and the SniffersBest Rock AlbumWon
Amyl and the SniffersBest Cover ArtNominated

Australian Music Prize

The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. They commenced in 2005.[32]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2019[33][11]Amyl and the SniffersAustralian Music PrizeNominated

Music Victoria Awards

The Music Victoria Awards, are an annual awards night celebrating Victorian music. They commenced in 2005.[34]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
Music Victoria Awards of 2017[35]Amyl and the SniffersBest Emerging ActNominated
Music Victoria Awards of 2018[35]Amyl and the SniffersBest BandNominated
Music Victoria Awards of 2019[36]Amyl and the SniffersBest AlbumNominated
Best Rock/Punk AlbumNominated
Amyl and the SniffersBest BandNominated
Best Live ActNominated
Music Victoria Awards of 2020[37][38]Amyl and the SniffersBest BandWon
Best Live ActWon
Amy Taylor (Amyl and The Sniffers)Best MusicianWon

National Live Music Awards

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.[39]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
National Live Music Awards of 2018[40][41]Amyl and the SniffersLive Hard Rock Act of the YearNominated
National Live Music Awards of 2019[42][43]Amyl and the SniffersLive Act of the YearNominated

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