Thrashing guitars, moshing crowds and a frontwoman with fierce aggression
Tom Dibb
20:41 2nd December 2019

Aussie punk-rockers Amyl and The Sniffers' sold out Manchester's Gorilla for a night of thrashing guitars, moshing crowds and a frontwoman with a fierce aggression last night.  

The night was off to somewhat of an inauspicious start as opening track ‘Starfire 500’ kicked in, with the tracks more classic rock tones failing to resonate with the Manchester crowd to the same degree as the night’s later punk-rock antics.

However, the crowd came alive for the following track, ‘I’m Not a Loser’: as the buzzsaw guitars cut through the venue, the band had the crowd well and truly in the palm of their hand, with frontwoman Amy Taylor locking eyes with members of the crowd in a captivating act of intensity. 

As the show raced toward its midway point the band simply did not let up. Flying from strength to strength, tracks such as, ‘Westgate’, ‘70’s Street Munchies’ and ‘Shake Ya’ were all greeted with an even level of passion and seas of waving arms, as members of the audience clambered to the stage and threw themselves into the pit, living out their rock and roll fantasies.

This, perhaps, best encapsulated the overall theme of the night: a true punk-rock spectacle that fed off the passion from the crowd and, more importantly, the band. 

Truly showcasing the strengths of their self-titled debut LP, later outings of, ‘I Don’t Give A Fuck’ and ‘Monsoon Rock’ wonderfully highlighted the band’s ability to blend the classic punk sounds of bands like The Damned and their own personality.

Closing out the night was the one-two punch of, ‘Got You’ and ‘Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)’. With these cuts, the band got involved with the stage-diving antics as Amy Taylor threw herself into the sea of moshing fans. It's here that the show reached its aggressive crescendo, and in true punk-rock fashion there’s no call for an encore, the band simply exit the stage leaving a sea of sweaty punks begging for more. 

Although the show got off to an initially slow start, once it got going the band went from high to high, never once losing an ounce of crowd investment. Simply put, Amyl and The Sniffers highlight the versatility of the punk genre and, more importantly, that the current trend of up-and-coming punk and post-punk groups stretches far beyond the trendy middle zones of London.

Photo: Tom Preece