THE AMITY AFFLICTION

Album: Youngbloods (2010)

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Biography

THE AMITY AFFLICTION have become one of the most well known hardcore bands in Australia via a hard touring ethic, a stunningly original sound and a commitment to creating a fun and exciting atmosphere within our punk scene.

Hailing from the gutters of Brisbane's potent hardcore scene, it seemingly took THE AMITY AFFLICTION years to get their shit together. But from the moment they released their 'High Hopes' EP in 2007, the touring rampage began. In no time, THE AMITY AFFLICTION was a household name amongst the hardcore and punk community of Australia, their mixture of metallic riffage, punk rock swagger and sing / scream vocal attacks making its mark on all who got in their way.

But it's not just their music that people have taken notice of - Amity (as they are affectionately known) have an attitude and aura about their music and actions that has helped propel them even quicker to the forefront of the scene. Fans come to their shows expecting flat out fun and excitement - the members always committing to making the party after the show as intense as the performance itself. The sing-alongs don't end when the band gets off stage, and fans don't leave after they play. With members involved in putting on punk rock clubs, music magazines, graffiti magazines, graphic design companies and online blogs that are well known throughout the country, Amity and it's members are well engrained into the culture and ethic of Australian hardcore and punk rock culture.

'Severed Ties' was recorded in July and August of 2008, a grueling cross-country marathon of a recording done in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane to get the best results. With guest vocals from JJ Peters (Deez Nuts, I Killed the Prom Queen), Michael Crafter (I Killed the Prom Queen, Carpathian, Confession), Matthew Wright (The Getaway Plan) and Helmet (The Daylight Curse), and production from Adelaide's Darren Thompson, the 11 track full-length promises to be one of the most anticipated local releases of 2008.

SEVERED TIES debuted at #26 on the Australian Charts and solidified The Amity Affliction as one of the most popular heavy bands in Australia. National Radio show Short Fast Loud had it #2 on their best albums of 2008, and popular punk site KillYourStereo.com listed it as #1. Blunt Magazine had it as one of the top albums of 2008, and gave the album a 9/10. The Amity Affliction recently toured Australia with Misery Signals and The Getaway Plan, before selling out almost every show on their "Drunk and Disorderly" Tour in July 2009.

November will see them head to the UK, Europe and Asia to start making the same waves they have made in the Australian music scene.