Text: Hanna de Vries

“It’s like watching an episode of The Nanny but the setting is an Australian car show and the Nanny cares about social issues and she’s read a couple of books, and Mr Sheffield is drinking beer in the sun.” These are the words of Amy Taylor, front woman of Amyl and the Sniffers, about “Comfort To Me”, the second album of the Australian punk band that was released yesterday. 

Amyl and the Sniffers have always been nothing but themselves and raw. You can hear that on Comfort to me. The band has stated that they wanted to show more of themselves on this album. The emotion can be heard throughout the album, our favourite: “Don’t Fence Me In” and “Don’t Need a Cunt (Like You To Love Me)”.

Despite the fact that the world was on lockdown, Amyl and the Sniffers managed to get into the studio with not the least names. Comfort to Me was mixed by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and mastered by Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson, Prince, Dr Dre). All this makes for a very slick album in which Amyl and the sniffers rise above themselves. The album sounds like old-school 90’s grunge mixed with contemporary punk. Comfort to me might be Amyl and the Sniffers’ best work to date and should definitely not be missing from your record collection.

Rough Trade Records

Picture : Jamie Wdziekonski