With the mullets, the aggression and the unflinching embrace of Australiana, Amyl and the Sniffers have been likened to the sharpie subculture of the ‘70s—a pre-punk movement that was birthed in Melbourne and characterised by “sharp” outfits and that quintessential Aussie larrikin attitude.
The soundtrack to this era was Australian boogie: bands like Skyhooks, The Coloured Balls and AC/DC. Amy and the boys are definitely influenced by that ‘70s Aussie rock, but lyrically, she’s also intrigued by the storytelling of country singers like Dolly Parton; she likes the cheek of a Southern woman in the 1960s singing about cheating on her husband.
A bit over a year ago, the members of Amyl and the Sniffers were living together in a sharehouse in St. Kilda. They’d been talking about starting a band “for ages”, then one day they all got home from work, uni and whatever else they’d been doing and spontaneously wrote and recorded their first EP. They called it Giddy Up and Declan, the guitarist, was still wearing his Big W uniform when they finished it. It took them just four hours to get the whole thing done, after which they released it for free on Bandcamp.
Just as 2018 rolls on the band can now say they’ve supported The Foo Fighters and Weezer and have their first LP in works, being recorded by King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard.