Amyl and the Sniffers – “Amyl And The Sniffers” (2019)

When you name your band after “poppers” you’re making a statement of sorts, that’s for sure. As lead singer Amy Taylor explained in a BBC interview last year, “In Australia we call poppers Amyl. So you sniff it, it lasts for 30 seconds and then you have a headache – and that’s what we’re like!” And with only three of the 11 songs on their eponymous full-length clocking in at over four minutes that’s pretty close to the truth.

Punk in attitude, garage in sensibility, the Sniffers jump in, hit hard, and jump out. Is this punk rock for the new generation? It’s not exactly new, though Taylor’s Tank Girl-ish attitude brings an intriguing combination of charm and snottiness to the songs, all brash and in-your-face, yelled but not screamed, the chip on her shoulder big enough to be seen from outer space.

The occasional lightning-fast guitar solo separates Amyl from the punks, while their velocity sets them apart from most of their garage contemporaries. So whether you’re into poppers or whippets, you finally have your band.