Clearing out the cobwebs in the brain cavity with a thoroughly eviscerating blast of pure Aussie pub punk rock, Amyl and the Sniffers‘ new single ‘Security’ is a romping foot-stomping cathartic delight. Filled with the ineffable charms of lead singer Amy Taylor, the raucous delivery is audacious and deliciously sneering over the top of an aggressive delivery that somehow gathers in threads from Australia’s musical past – Rose Tattoo, The Angels, Jimmy and the Boys and, of course, AC/DC – and forges its own chaotic path. But at the heart is a blood pumpingly great rock song.
The accompanying video is utterly charming: Taylor strutting her stuff in her own world in a graveyard as she pleads to a bouncer for entrance to a venue: a subject matter so dear to the heart of any rock’n’roll outsider seeking entry to the halls of a conservative surban establishment. Indeed, Amyl and the Sniffers, like fellow compatriots The Chats symbolise the outsider, the misfit, the miscreant, the much derided ‘westie’ in Sydney’s terms, and it is utterly charming and fresh.
The track is out now and available everywhere. It is off Amyl and the Sniffers’ newly announced album ‘Comfort to Me’ due for release on 10 September – you can pre-order here. Of the album, Taylor says:
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.