Amyl and the Sniffers share new single Hertz, the latest and lead cut from their forthcoming second album Comfort To Me – out this Friday, September 10 via B2B Records. The track is partnered by an explosive new video, shot, edited and directed by PHC Films – watch below…
Frontwoman Amy Taylor explains the inspiration behind the song, “Hertz is a daydream of wanting to go to the country/bush and see landscapes other than the city, go like four wheeling driving or getting sunburnt and having fresh air. Repulsed by confinement kind of daydream. Sometimes when we’re on tour and we drive past a field I just want to run in it. Frustration of being stuck in one place. I didn’t know who I was writing it about but after I wrote it I figured out who I was imagining driving around with. It was written in 2019 but very much so sounds like a pandemic song.”
Comfort To Me, which was mixed by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and mastered by Bernie Grundman (Prince, Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, OutKast), also includes previously released singles Guided By Angels and Security, which received instant acclaim from press across the globe as well as social media support from high-profile fans Juliette Lewis and Diplo.
The weight of the past two years is palpable on Comfort To Me, as Taylor explains:
“After the Bushfire season, and 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. Having to deal with a lot of authority during 2020 and realizing 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. My brain evolved and warped and my way of thinking about the world completely changed.”
On October 5, Amyl and The Sniffers will premiere a filmed performance of Comfort to Me, played in full, in one take, on a slab of concrete in a suburban wasteland somewhere in Melbourne. Tickets are available on the band’s webstore at amylandthesniffers.com.