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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


The announcement arrives alongside a brand new track, Guided By Angels

Image: Jamie Wdziekonski.

ARIA award winning rockers, Amyl and The Sniffers have made their grand return, announcing their new album Comfort To Me, alongside the release of a brand new track, Guided By Angels. The track arrives alongside a stellar visual, shot and directed by John Angus Stewart.

The riotous track continues the groups signature post-punk sonics, with frontwoman Amy Taylor's distinct and roaring vocals captivating your attention from start to finish. Raucous drums and riffing guitars play out below Taylor's chanting performance, with the riling track ushering in a new era from the four-piece.

Across thirteen tracks, Comfort To Me is set to show Taylor's expert lyricism, whilst also offering a more refined sonic realm. “The nihilistic, live in the moment, positivity and panel beater rock-meets-shed show punk was still there, but it was better,” Taylor says of the record. “The whole thing was less spontaneous and more darkly considered.”

The musician goes on to detail: “The amount of time and thought I put into the lyrics for this album is completely different from the EPs, and even the first record,” she continues. “Half of the lyrics were written during the Australian bushfire season, when we were already wearing masks to protect ourselves from the smoke in the air. And then when the pandemic hit, our options were the same as everyone: go find a day job and work in intense conditions or sit at home and drown in introspection. I fell into the latter category. I had all this energy inside of me and nowhere to put it, because I couldn’t perform, and it had a hectic effect on my brain. My brain evolved and warped and my way of thinking about the world completely changed.

Having to deal with a lot of authority during 2020 and realising my lack of power made me feel both more self destructive and more self disciplined, more nihilistic and more depressed and more resentful, which ultimately fuelled me with a kind of relentless motivation. I became a temporary monster. I partied more, but I also exercised heaps, read books and ate veggies. I was like an egg going into boiling water when this started, gooey and weak but with a hard surface. I came out even harder. I’m still soft on the inside, but in a different way.”

Made up of Taylor, guitarist Dec Martens, bassist Gus Romer, and drummer Bryce Wilson, Amyl and The Sniffers have quickly become one of Australia's most explosive live acts, bringing their punk show to stages nationwide. The four-piece will make their return to the stage later this month, performing at Splendour XR and Blacken Open Air, as well as an exclusive set as part of VIVID Sydney.

Comfort To Me is out September 10. Watch the visual for Guided By Angels below.


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