Amyl and The Sniffers with Die Spitz and Edging
The Salt Shed
October 23rd, 2023
On an unassuming Monday night just off the Chicago River, Australian punk powerhouse Amyl and The Sniffers brought their US tour to town, taking over The Salt Shed for one noisy evening. Along on tour with them is Die Spitz, Texan rockers who only made their debut last year in 2022 but are gaining traction rapidly – And seeing their live set, it’s easy to understand why.
Amyl and The Sniffers have been selecting a band local to each city they play to open the show and Chicago’s pick was Edging, the only hardcore band I’ve ever seen live with a saxophonist. Edging is a name most punks in the local scene are familiar with, but their audience at The Salt Shed was a generally fresh set of eyes and ears captivated by their memorable performance.
After the opening acts, Amyl and The Sniffers hit the stage with a commanding presence. Vocalist Amy Taylor came skipping out onto the stage in a bikini, cowboy boots, and black sunglasses, grabbed the mic and shouted, “If anybody falls down, you help them up; Don’t touch anyone who doesn’t want to be touched; Get rowdy!”
Then they were off to the races in their 19 song hour long set, opening up with “Control” off their 2019 debut self-titled LP, carrying out the set with tracks from the most recent album Comfort to Me and EPs past. Rowdy indeed, the crowd delivered as guided by the band and the October Monday went down as an evening to remember.