Amyl and the Sniffers at Waiting Room Lounge-October 18th, 2023
This probably won’t be a long review, as there are not a lot of nuances to an Amyl and the Sniffers show to write about. They come out and blast through 20 songs at pretty much the same speed, much to the delight of everyone. The biggest question on my mind for the night was how the band would react on stage to playing in a smaller room than they have grown accustomed to. I have seen these things go either way, where the band is excited to play a smaller venue again and feed off the crowd, or they are apathetic and grumpy. Amyl and the Sniffers didn’t mention anything about it from that stage, from what I heard (I had a hard time making out what she was saying sometimes, so maybe I missed it), but they sure acted like they were having a great time. It was my first time seeing them, so I didn’t have anything to compare it to.
Amyl stormed the stage with her tongue out and played all of the well-known favorites like “Choices”, “Security” “Pleasure Forever” and “Don’t Fence Me In” ending the night with “Knifey”. Let’s be honest, pretty much all of these songs are favorites. At one point, Amyl stated that she hoped that she was representing the women well up there on stage. The band also stated that they were donating all of the proceeds from their merchandise to the Olive Kids organization. The energy from the band and in the room was at high levels, and we got ourselves a special show that many will never be able to experience.
Opening the show was Die Spitz, a four-piece fierce and sludgy rock band from Austin. The band took the “we are opening for Amyl and the Sniffers” to heart, took a hard slot for any band, and made it memorable. From the front person getting into the crowd and on the soundboard in the middle of the room to alternating snarly vocals and surprisingly melodic music, they appealed to both punk fans and old classic rockers alike. It’s rare that people talk about the opener after the show, but Die Spitz had people talking. I feel like we will see them again.