New Music – Self-Titled Destruction

amyl_and_the_sniffers_self_titled_01For the Australian punk band Amyl and The Sniffers, a blitzkrieg of sound is no surprise. From the unbreakable lyrical style that the four members combine to congregate to, the lead singer who uses her sharp narration to tell a dystopian story, and the instrumentation that could rattle Rome.

Their self-titled record Amyl and The Sniffers is a quick 30-minute mix of cultural handshakes between Amyl’s rugged home of Australia and the audience around the world that is slowly realizing how they can shape a revitalization of punk rock. From their gigs online or even breaking into the festival scene, Amyl and The Sniffers contain this time bomb of unfiltered chaos that continues to show through on their self-titled.

As they begin the 11-track journey with “Starfire 500” where the instrumentation is actually the driving force for the first near two minutes before any lyrics hit the scene. The performance on the strings is dirty and feel almost as if they were a step backward into the past where mullets and combat boots raged alongside each other. Then as Amyl and The Sniffers introduce lyrics, the band becomes this unison marching machine that takes little in the wake of creating a regiment and instead begins their own four-man wrecking crew.

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Suddenly “GFY” is a firecracker in a black powder factory that crackles and then immediately flies off the deep end where the vocals are almost unrecognizable behind this layer of fuzz and grime. Amyl and The Sniffers have an attitude about them that is irreplaceable and on their self-titled, they are more susceptible to adapting that original k9 bite. Each movement seems to progress in the way of becoming more and more belligerent as pieces of the puzzle are crushed beyond repair. Between the rampant and valiant efforts of the band that tries to break out the harsh vocals, or even the way that each track segues. There is nothing but tough love here on Amyl and The Sniffers.

The Aussie kings and queens march their way to the throne, Amyl and The Sniffers would rather crash land on the crown snapping all the meaning behind it. They are a group of nomad destroyers that travel on conquest through sound and ability rather than rules and jurisdiction.

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STREAMING // (Video) Skepta – “No Sleep | A COLORS SHOW”

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STREAMING // (Track) Sierra Sellers – “Cookout”

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Produced By: Charlie Scott and Nice Rec

Written By: Sierra Sellers

STREAMING // (Track) Mac Miller – “!GO FISH! Volume 3”

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Featuring: Michael Christmas

“no samples. the fish man never stops.”

STREAMING // (Video) Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – “FCK Boy!”

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Directed By: David Sakolsky

Produced By: Gusto Gold Productions

Song Produced By: GRiMM Doza

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STREAMING // (Video) Bill Waves – “City Of Thoughts”

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Featuring: Sierra Sellers

Directed By: Jordan Armstrong

Produced By: CRKD FNGRS

STREAMING // (Video) Little Pain – “YERRR!!!”

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Shot By: Rusty Snyder and Kris Stony

Edited By: Kris Stony

Classic Day – Train Track Tyrants

marvin_gaye_whats_going_on_01With a rising political climate that started to escalate at the time of its writing and recording, What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye is a record filled with uneasy tension disguised by fascinating production and active lyricism. As war raged on and continued to light fuel for artists in America, Gaye took the opportunity to explain a personal relationship through his brother Frankie Gaye.

As the celebrations and questions of “What’s happening brother!” ring faintly throughout the first track “What’s Going On”, Gaye is quick to showcase a daunting tone rather than a cheerful one. He explains, “Mother, Mother, there’s too many of you crying. Brother, brother, brother, there’s far too many of you dying… You see, war is not the answer for only love can conquer hate.” His vocal approach is not met with smoking barrels but instead peaceful grasps as he is incredibly calm while describing the true ugliness that the Vietnam War caused in American homes.

With a global view, Gaye moves through the crowd and lands on the track “Save The Children” which is a defeated gaze into the void of immense loss. He explains, “Who’s willing to try and save a world that’s destined to die? When I look at the world it fills me with sorrow, little children today are really gonna suffer tomorrow.” It pulls this curtain back on the African-American expressionism and taps directly into a public view for a time in America that continued to burn under the name of the flag. The way that he incorporates horns and these bursts of vitality into such a progressive message continues to illustrate how What’s Going On became such an influential and recognizable record even almost 50 years later.

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Gaye makes these calls of mercy through the microphone and performs under extreme scrutiny to form bridges between each piece. The transitions are flowing and seem without any blatant transition that cuts from track to track. What’s Going On sees a movement from “God Is Love” to “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” that perfectly segues the end of side one on vinyl that leaves the listener with this soulful and passionate display on the horns and bells. The choir styled in the background is perfect sampling material with their dramatic fluctuation before coming to a final silence on the track.

The last moments of What’s Going On opt for this gently rising action of jungle-esque percussion and these calm, but moving hums from Gaye as each piece is layered through bricks and walls of sound. It is true that “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” is a desolate track that determines less of a hopeful future and instead focuses on the bleak injustices within the community that Gaye saw. It was not simply just a problem in the United States but ultimately showed a shockwave across the planet through What’s Going On.

Just as things change with time, they also stay the same and Marvin Gaye’s message is still relevant today. With a bigger push into the unforeseeable future, one of the prophets of truth saw an untimely demise that left the world just as toppled as when What’s Going On hit the streets.

Listen To What’s Going On Here!!! – Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Track) Softest Hard – “XO XO”

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