Album Review: Amyl and the Sniffers – Comfort to Me

Artist: Amyl and the Sniffers

Album: Comfort to Me

Genre: Punk Rock/Post-Punk/Alternative Rock

Label: Rough Trade

Rating: 8/10

As of late, I’ve been trying to stay away from the easy and often uninspired mention of the pandemic when it comes to my write-ups of new music, but the fact of the matter is, it’s nearly impossible, and maybe a little irresponsible to not mention the impact COVID and lockdown has had on the music scene. Whether it be the frequent cancellations of tours, or the music that has been created as a reaction to the stir craziness of isolation, we’ve hit a point where the whole music world has collectively been forced to endure the same thing, so of course the mention of COVID is inevitable. An album that epitomizes the feeling of wanting to punch the walls or to be able to do something as simple as driving to your favorite spot to order fucking fish and chips is “Amyl and the Sniffers'” new album Comfort to Me. The Australian quartet are no strangers to riotous Punk Rock highly energized and ferociously enticing, but what happens when you take that same energy and lock it in a house with no access to the things in the outside world that create normalcy in everyday life? That energy gets amplified of course. The band wrote the majority of this album during lockdown, and the proof is in tracks like “Hertz” and “Guided by Angels,” tracks that convey the feelings that are brought on by isolation, and even those moments of existentialism like on the track “Capital.” “Existing for the sake of existing, meaning disappears,” shouts lead singer Amy Taylor on what is possibly the heaviest track on the album. Those guitar riffs, they bring to mind Kill ‘Em All era “Metallica” every time I hear them, which perfectly echoes the nihilistic nature of the track. Lockdown played a role in this album no doubt, but merely labeling this a “lockdown album” would do a disservice to the band, because the subject matter will resonate with anyone at any point in time. Divisiveness isn’t anything new. We faced it even before the pandemic. Marginalized people have always been victims of prejudice and hate, having to fear walking home alone late at night or just simply being themselves out in public. It’s an unfair reality that fortunately has been brought to light in recent years, but still continues to be smothered by social norms that stifle any progress or innovation, so it’s important to have anthems such as “Freaks to the Front,” “Choices,” “Don’t Fence Me In,” and “Knifey” to inspire and to speak on the anxieties many face on a daily basis. Though the album doesn’t break new ground sonically, it still sounds fresh in a genre that continues to inspire many, and the lyrical content consists of the most important subject matter that people shouldn’t just skim over.

Written By: Steven Sandoval

Amyl and the Sniffers Share New Single “Hertz”

We’re approaching the release of “Amyl and the Sniffers'” new album Comfort to Me, which will drop this Friday via “Rough Trade Records,” and today the band have shared one last single before this release titled “Hertz.” Much like their previous singles “Guided by Angels” and “Security,” “Hertz” is a fired up rager residing in the Punk spirit the band is known for. Lead singer Amy Taylor shouts “Take me to the beach, take me to the country” with immense aggression that prompts one to believe this is a reflection of the stir crazy 2020 we had, and for many, continue to have this year. You can watch the music video for “Hertz” below:

Dare Above Nemo Shares New Single “Synergy”

Following his addicting debut E.P. Mimic, Ethan Attwood-Summers under his “Dare Above Nemo” project has shared a follow-up single titled “Synergy,” and it’s just as infectious as his previous work. Continuing the synth-dominated style of Mimic, “Synergy” is a sensual exploration of the hybrid of Dream Pop and Bedroom Pop that Ethan Attwood-Summers has crafted so brilliantly. You can listen to “Synergy” below:

Parquet Courts Announce New Album “Sympathy for Life,” Share New Single “Walking at a Downtown Pace”

It seems like forever ago since we last heard new music from “Parquet Courts,” and that’s because so much has happened since the release of their last album Wide Awake! You don’t need me to list everything that has happened since then, so instead of delving into the obvious, let’s take a break from the unfortunate reality that renders us divided, and talk about the exciting news that after three years the band are finally releasing their follow-up Sympathy for Life on October 22nd via “Rough Trade Records.” “Wide Awake! was a record you could put on at a party, Sympathy for Life is influenced by the party itself,” says member Austin Brown. As stated by the band, the album was made pre-pandemic, and the songs were created by taking long improvisations and moulding them through their own editing. The band have also shared the album’s opening track “Walking at a Downtown Pace,” which is accompanied by a music video comprised of shots documenting New York City party life. You can watch the music video for “Walking at a Downtown Pace,” as well as pre-order Sympathy for Life below:

https://parquetcourts.bandcamp.com/album/sympathy-for-life

The Reality TV Shares New Single “Dirty Hot”


Following the incredibly catchy single “Beats,” which was a trip down memory lane through the Post-Punk/ Goth era of the 80s, U.K. artist Benjamin Mace-Crossley has released a follow-up single titled “Dirty Hot” under his “The Reality TV” moniker, and it pulls no punches when it comes to danceable synth-driven swagger cool and dark enough to make you want to bust out your black eye shadow and combat boots, but also genuine enough to not come off as mimicry. You can listen to “Dirty Hot” below:

https://therealitytv.bandcamp.com/album/dirty-hot

Iceage Announce New Album “Seek Shelter,” Share New Single “Vendetta”

Not too long after the release of their recent single “The Holding Hand,” and the announcement of their signing to “Mexican Summer,” “Iceage” have unveiled details of their new album Seek Shelter. The album will be released on May 7th via “Mexican Summer,” and the band have also released a new single off the album titled “Vendetta.” You can watch the music video for “Vendetta” below:

Iceage Share New Single “The Holding Hand”

After signing to label “Mexican Summer,” “Iceage” have returned with a new single titled “The Holding Hand,” and it’s looking like there are big things from the band coming our way. New album perhaps? Fingers crossed. About “The Holding Hand,” the band have stated “the song lives in a slurred world, movements are elastically stretched out and strength is found in weakness while you find it hard to tell the difference between fume and matter. Gently the swaying intensifies, feel it escalate. Reach out for the holding hand, it seems almost within scope now.” You can watch the music video for “The Holding Hand” below:

Sapphire Blues Share New Single “Daydream”

I’m pretty sure i’ve already said this before, but Bristol band “Sapphire Blues” just keep getting better and better, so forgive me if I sound like a broken record, but their new single “Daydream” without a doubt proves that. Released via “Blitzcat Records,” “Daydream” further explores the Post-Punk style the band have perfected and touches on a subject that isn’t new by any means, but is undoubtedly relatable. Our spirits can be damaged by a routine of overworking and excessive amounts of pills to help us smile through it all, but is this truly the way of adulthood? It’s a question too complicated to answer, but the band have shared a song to make us feel less alone, and to daydream of a brighter future. You can listen to “Daydream” below:

Squid Announce New Album “Bright Green Field,” Share New Single “Narrator”

U.K. band “Squid” are set to release their long awaited debut album Bright Green Field on May 7th via “Warp Records.” Today the band have shared the album’s first single “Narrator,” and it is an ambitious 8 minute plus track that features vocals from rising artist Martha Skye Murphy. About the track, the band have stated “the song follows a man who is losing the distinction between memory, dream, and reality, and how you can often mold your memories of people to fit a narrative that fits your ego.” Martha Skye Murphy has stated “the unreliable narrator is, more often than not, a male who wishes to portray women as submissive characters in their story.” In the song she plays the part of a woman wanting to break free from the dominating story the male has set. You can watch the music video for “Narrator” below:

Billy Nomates Announces New E.P. “Emergency Telephone,” Shares New Single “Heels”

Billy Nomates released her debut album last year and immediately solidified herself as the voice for the forgotten normal people. The people who work regular jobs who would love to roll up their sleeves and lay their bosses out with a nice fat punch to the face. She’s someone who acknowledges the working class, but rather than preach, she observes the importance of normal people and sheds a catchy light on said people to provide realistic Pop music that is the antithesis of Pop music that celebrates luxury and celebrity. Today she has announced that she will release a new E.P. titled Emergency Telephone on March 5th via “Invada Records.” She has also released a new single off the E.P. titled “Heels,” which is about knowing who you are and finding the warrior within you to fight the many obstacles and inconveniences that break you down. You can watch the music video for “Heels” below: