The Amity Affliction is a post hardcore band hailing from the gutters of Brisbane’s potent hardcore scene. They have become one of the most well known post hardcore bands in Australia through a strong touring ethic, a stunningly original sound and a commitment to creating a fun and exciting atmosphere within the scene.
It seemingly took The Amity Affliction years to get their music together, releasing a demo in 2003 and a self-titled EP in 2004, 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, rock swagger and sing/scream vocal attacks made 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 faster 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-along chants 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 ingrained 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 record, recorded 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 with Adelaide’s Darren Thompson, the 11 track full length was released in October 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. Triple J’s national radio show “Short Fast Loud” had Severed Ties as #2 on their best albums of 2008, and popular punk site “KillYourStereo.com” listed it as #1. Blunt Magazine had Severed Ties 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 2009 saw them head to the UK, Europe and Asia to start making the same waves they have made in the Australian music scene.
In early 2010 Chris Burt left the band, afterword Clint Splattering from The Getaway Plan took his place. The Band released their second studio album "Youngbloods" that was released on a pushed-forward date on June 18 as announced on their website (originally June 25, 2010) by Boomtown and Shock Records. It debuted at number 6 on the ARIA charts.
The Amity Affliction went on tour in July to support the release of their second album. Joining them was Misery Signals, fellow Australians Confession and Scottish band Flood of Red. They toured Western Australia a few weeks later joined by local bands such as Break Even.