Amyl and the Sniffers exploded onto the scene a couple of years ago and they have been an unstoppable force ever since. They released two EPs prior to this album – Giddy Up (2016) and Big Attraction (2017) – and have been on a relentless touring schedule ever since. This relentless touring schedule has given them the chance to be able to hone their craft and release one hell of a debut album! Its obvious to see why the USA and Europe have recently fallen for their ‘give no f*cks’ attitude. Everything seems to be on the up for the Melbourne four piece.
This debut is a huge step up from the early EPs and shows that a bit over two years really is a long time in the rock world. It demonstrations how their song writing has matured and displays more imagination. It also shows how the band have transitioned from the home recording sound on these two EPs, to a slicker sound that was produced in a proper studio. Maybe it was the unexpected (yet well deserved) success and gave them a clearer sense of direction. It’s still in-your-face with that tongue-in-cheek lyricism but more subtle. And hell, the riffs rock harder!
Each song is a no nonsense affair and clock in around the 2-3 minute mark – short, sharp and to the point which is what is expected from the foursome. Live they are a different beast, but they have managed to record some of that ferocity onto the album. Wrap your ears around Got You and Gacked On Anger right now! Angel takes a quick break from the onslaught but recent single, Monsoon Rock, cracks a one-two punch so hard that my ears bleed for days, while Some Mutts Can’t Be Muzzled ends the album the way an album should be ended. Its definitely an album that doesn’t overstay its welcome – 11 tracks, 29 minutes.
Are they the great hopes of saving rock ‘n’ roll? Apparently rock is dead…again. Hell yes is the answer! This proves they are.
Album Review By Darren Leach