Amyl And The Sniffers’ Dec Martens and Gus Romer: “If we’re eating the same foods and sharing the same bathroom, we end up making music naturally”

Amyl And The Sniffers
(Image credit: Jamie Wdziekonski)

It was just five years ago when Amyl And The Sniffers (a play on the name of frontwoman Amy Taylor, and an underground sex shop owner’s drug of choice) first burst to life. The quartet wrote, recorded and laid their seal of approval on their debut EP, 2016’s Giddy Up, in a jaw-dropping twelve hours. They’d bump up the timeframe to a few weeks for its follow-up, 2017’s Big Attraction, and further to a few months for their eponymous 2018 full-length. Comparatively, their latest record – the punchy and polychromatic Comfort To Me – may as well have taken them a lifetime.

Work on the new LP started shortly after Taylor and co. wrapped up the touring cycle for their ’18 debut, riding the high of a record that not only broke them out on the touring circuit as a force to be reckoned with, but went on to win the prestigious ARIA for Best Rock Album. But what should’ve been blue skies and a clear road ahead quickly turned into a stormy labyrinth of potholes. 2019’s summer brought the bushfires that devastated Australia, followed shortly thereafter with the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…