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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — In the space of a few years, Australian punk band Amyl & the Sniffers have become one of the most famous new bands to emerge from Down Under in the past decade.

Formed by Amy Taylor (aka Amyl, the band’s namesake) and her housemates in suburban Melbourne in 2016, the band named themselves after amyl nitrate or “poppers”.

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Drawing inspiration from classic ’70s proto-punk (particularly Iggy and the Stooges), glam, pub rock and modern punk, the band recorded and released their debut EP Hue that same year, reportedly tracked all four songs in just 12 hours. While the first raw recordings appeared on this recording and the follow-up big draw The EP showed the band’s knack for writing short – often just 90 seconds – catchy outbursts of punk, it was their wild showmanship that established the band in Australia. The shows often showed the little singer spending as much time crowd-surfing or on the floor dancing with the audience as he did on stage during performances.

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The band would enter the studio to record their first feature with producer Ross Orton (the former drummer of British synth-punk band Add N to X), releasing their self-titled album in 2019 on Flightless, the label affiliated with the popular Australian psych band . King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (ATO and Rough Trade would release the record in other parts of the world). The album would consistently receive critical acclaim, winning the ARIA Award – Australia’s version of the Grammy – for Best Rock Album and being nominated for the Australian Music Award.

King Gizzard had already provided Amyl and company with their first significant exposure in the United States, taking them on a North American tour the previous year. The quartet would become a popular attraction at festivals in their native Australia, Europe and the United States, appearing at Coachella and Oakland’s garage-punk celebration, the Mosswood Meltdown.

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As the pandemic put a pause on the band’s momentum and busy touring plans, Amyl & the Sniffers released their second effort to another round of ecstatic reviews last year. While maintaining the band’s aggressive musical attack, some of the new songs found Taylor ruminating on empowerment, sexual politics and emotional vulnerability which heightened the album’s visceral impact.

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For this pair of sold out shows at the Great American Music Hall this weekend, Amyl & the Sniffers will be joined by fellow Australian punk band COFFIN Although the Sydney-based team shares the warm demeanor of contemporaries the Cats, COFFIN also has a serious side, tackling the environmental crisis and struggles aboriginal Australians against institutional racism with their riff-laden tunes.

Amyl and the sniffers with COFFIN
Friday-Saturday, May 6-7, 9 p.m. $22 (sold out)
Great American Music Hall

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