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Photojournalist and bassist/singer of SuperGlu, Krista Sian Lynch went to meet Aussie punks Amyl and The Sniffers at their sold-out show in Berlin recently.
Melbourne based Amyl and The Sniffers are set to open for Kent-based punk duo Slaves on their UK tour in November.
The band may have only started out as an impromptu bedroom recording project, but they were the buzz band of this year’s Great Escape Festival and judging by the queue to get into their set, Berlin is into it too.
Amyl’s music is fast, furious and filthy. Filled to the brim with blistering hooks – it is as raw as you like pub-punk rock. The venue chosen for the fifth show of their current European tour is a warehouse situated within a run-down industrial estate. It feels very “Deutschland-83” and in the build up to tonight’s show it feels like anything could have happen.
Aussie folklore states that front woman Amy Taylor and ‘The Sniffers’ – Bryce Wilson on drums, Dec Marten on guitar and Gus Romer on bass ‘put out’ their debut EP Giddy Up’= within 12 hours of recording it themselves. Luckily this was committed to tape and sold on their newly established Bandcamp.
Whilst that was a mere two years ago they are already selling out shows far and wide. The record label Rough Trade and self acclaimed ‘independent purveyors of great music’ re-released Giddy Up with Amyl’s new EP Big Attraction on one big vinyl earlier this year – with tracks such as I’m Not A Loser and Stole My Push Bike proving to be instant hits.
Yet, what’s special about this foursome is that their chilled Aussie vibes off stage are just as infectious as their madness onstage; oozing with a ‘just do it’ quality, they provide something insanely genuine and that is what makes them so cool. Krista hung out with the gang for the day and discover what life was like as one of ‘The Sniffers’.
Pick up your tickets to see Amyl and The Sniffers support Slaves this November via Ticketmaster.co.uk
All photos and words by: Krista Sian Lynch