Ironically named “Comfort to Me,” the second album by Australian punk-rock band Amyl and The Sniffers, yields an introspective look into the quartet's developed lyricism and rock-’n’-roll-inspired grit.
Released Sept. 10, the record naturally blends vocalist Amy Taylor’s electric energy with guitarist Dec Marten’s multilayered solos. While punk rock is often labeled as angsty, intense and uncomfortable to listen to, this record combats that stereotype with its beautifully constructed lyrics.
Opener “Guided By Angels” offers listeners a more intricate exposé of Taylor’s lyricism than ever before: “Search / For the angels guiding my energy / They’re so heavenly / I love their energy.” While the track follows suit with typical, repetitive punk energy, it also delves into melodic harmonies and experimental song structure.
In contrast to the album’s lead track, “Freaks To The Front” was born for live performance. I imagine the lyrics, “Get on my level / Or get out of my way / Don’t bloody touch me / Give me some space,” as a common mindset at an Amyl and The Sniffers show. Between the track’s encapsulating electric guitar and heavy-hitting drums, my attention was undeniably hooked.
“Security” seamlessly oscillates between boogie-like basslines and crashing drums. Naturally complementing her aggressive vocal tone, Taylor’s lyrics read bluntly, “Security will you let me in your pub / I’m not looking for trouble / I’m looking for love.”
Continuing the album’s theme of twisted love, “Hertz” stands out as one of the most lyrically driven on the record. In contrast with the track’s fast-paced, hard-edged instrumental energy, its lyrics are far less intense. Taylor sings with earnest composure, “I tell you, time is not linear / Especially when we’re in this car / Your hand in my hair / My hand in your hand.”
My personal favorite, “No More Tears” puts a punk-rock spin on ‘70s. Taylor discusses relatable topics like insecurity: “Complicated, I am human / But I can’t deny it no more / Wish I could love me for all of my flaws / Like I love you for all yours.” Less stripped-down and anti-establishment, the track is one of the more digestible on the record.
I found “Comfort to Me” different from anything I’ve listened to recently, inspiring me to venture into more punk rock music. Although I found the instrumentals to be quite repetitive, the shouted, anthem-like lyrics kept me engaged.