Amyl & The Sniffers – ‘Guided By Angels’

Caustic pub-rocker legends Amyl & The Sniffers marked their return recently with news of their sophomore album, ‘Comfort to Me’, and to celebrate, they’ve shared a massive lead single called ‘Guided By Angels’.

A driving track with a distinct post-punk edge, ‘Guided by Angels’ sees frontwoman Amy Taylor bellowing her cathartic, chant-like vocals over big riffs and thundering drums, while the rest of the band rip things up with waves of titanic pub-rock brilliance.

Speaking about the new release, Taylor explained, “All four of us spent most of 2020 enclosed by pandemic authority in a 3-bedroom rental in our home city of Melbourne, Australia. We’re like a family: we love each other and feel nothing at the same time. We had just come off two years of touring, being stuck in a van together eight hours a day, and then we’re trapped together for months in this house with sick green walls. It sucked but it was also nice. We spent heaps of time in the backyard listening to music, thrashing around in shorts, eating hot chips. The boys had a hard time being away from the pub and their mates, but it meant we had a lot of time to work on this record. Most of the songs were really intuitive. Main thing, we just wanted it to be us.”

She continued, “If you have to explain what this record is like, I reckon it’s like watching an episode of The Nanny, but the setting is an Australian car show and the Nanny cares about social issues and she’s read a couple of books, and Mr Sheffield is drinking beer in the sun. It’s a Mitsubishi Lancer going slightly over the speed limit in a school zone. It’s realising how good it is to wear track pants in bed. It’s having someone who wants to cook you dinner when you’re really shattered. It’s me shadow-boxing on stage, covered in sweat, instead of sitting quietly in the corner.”

The track also arrives with a music video, directed by John Angus Stewart, in which Taylor dances around and belts the song in various locales — a field, a storage unit, the ocean — as her bandmates stand by.

The highly anticipated second full-length record from the Australia outfit, ‘Comfort to Me’ is set to be released on September 10th via ATO, and follows their explosive, eponymous debut record which set fire to the world just two years ago.

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