Our Track by Track feature sees musicians revealing the stories and inspirations behind each song on their latest album. Today, Amyl and the Sniffers share their latest full-length, Comfort to Me.
Out via ATO Records/Rough Trade, Comfort to Me picks up where the Melbourne band’s 2019 self-titled debut left off. That record saw them nab the esteemed ARIA Award for Best Rock Album, and out of a rough 2020, they return in 2021 with an LP primed for more acclaim.
The majority of the lyrics on the record were written during the nasty Australian Brushfire season, the worst the nation had ever seen, stretching from September 2019 to March 2020. One can imagine the frustration the band was feeling as one literal fire was being put out and another figurative one began with the pandemic lockdowns.
“I was like an egg going into boiling water when this started, gooey and weak but with a hard surface,” explained singer Amy Taylor in a press statement. “I came out even harder. I’m still soft on the inside, but in a different way. My brain evolved and warped and my way of thinking about the world completely changed.”
That’s reflected in early singles like “Guided by Angels” and “Hertz,” and now you can hear what the rest of this “raw self-expression, defiant energy, unapologetic vulnerability” sounds like by streaming Amyl and the Sniffers’ Comfort to Me below. You can also purchase it via Bandcamp.