Punk Rock Is Alive and Well with Amyl and the Sniffers in San Francisco

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Well, it looks like punk rock isn’t dead after all, which was proven last night when Amyl and the Sniffers took to the stage in San Francisco. With the swagger and grit of the likes of Wendy O Williams and Iggy Pop, the band that hails from Australia sold out two nights at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

Bopping up and down with the enthusiasm and energy of a teenager, vocalist Amy Taylor ran through a setlist that included the ferocious tracks “Balaclava Lover Boogie”, “Cup of Destiny”, and “Freaks to the Front.” But it didn’t end there as the platinum blonde and her crew of sonic bandits presented the crowd with an assortment of the best songs off of their ever-growing discography. Inflatable soccer balls bounced through the air, sweat was flung around, and moshpits ensued. This was a real punk rock show and its authenticity came through in spades.

Photos by Louis Raphael

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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