Album Review: Comfort To Me by Amyl and the Sniffers
Excellent, Based on 4 Critics
The Line of Best Fit - 90 Based on rating 9/10
Living together, they spent the pandemic and its multitude of lockdowns honing their craft and it really tells, the musicianship is much improved, the production particularly sympathetic toward the pummelling drums, while guitarist Dec Bryce has clearly been caning the old AC/DC, Slayer and Cosmic Psychos records, unafraid to chuck in a trashy as hell solo where he sees fit. Taylor's observational lyrics cut much deeper than previous, shifting from goofy witticisms, challenging small dick energy, to don't fuck with me at the hit of a switch. "Security" finds her being singled out due to the way she looks and refused entry to the pub, she defiantly protests "You looked at normies different to me, You looked at them with trust / I looked at normies different to you, Cos you looked at them with lust".
Like the perfect comeback belatedly snapping into the mind during a shower, Amyl and the Sniffers' second album calls back to a former antagonizer with newfound clarity. Two years ago, while the band was touring their self-titled debut, a "gobby pre-teen" accosted singer Amy Taylor on the street in London, calling her ugly. On "Freaks to the Front," she reclaims the term with pride: "I'm short, I'm shy, I'm fucked up, I'm bloody ugly!" she sneers, pulling a B-Rabbit out of her hat by disarming any future fuckbois before issuing a warning: "Get out my way/Don't bloody touch me!" Comfort to Me finds the Australian quartet at its most resolute, as Taylor's lyrics pull us into her endlessly vacillating mind, made all the more relatable for its many contradictions.
When Australia's Amyl and the Sniffers burst onto the scene with their 2019 self-titled debut album, they immediately amassed a fanbase for the reinvigorated punk energy that lead singer Amy Taylor brought to the table. Combined with feverish instrumentals from Dec Martens (guitar), Bryce Wilson (drums), and Fergus Romer (bass), the songs pack a punch, making them even more electric when performed live. Taylor, known for her manic stage presence, channeled the same energy for the band's second album, Comfort to Me.
The rowdy and raucous Australian pub punks Amyl and the Sniffers are back with their sophomore album 'Comfort To Me' (fuckin' oath!), and it perfectly demonstrates what a sophomore record should be. Following their heavy and unique 2019 self-titled debut, Amyl and the Sniffers gracefully build upon the foundations set with their debut. The band don't lose their unique, gnarly and pure Australian punk sound, but they also add whole new layers of sonic dimensions never seen before with the punk-rockers.