Amity Affection

Published in Billboard Magazine

An Australian top 10 album for Brisbane hardcore act the Amity Affliction surprised many Down Under—not least the band and its management.

The sextet’s sophomore set, “Youngbloods” (Boomtown/ Shock), opened at No. 6 on the Australian Recording Industry Assn. albums chart published June 28, easily eclipsing the No. 26 peak of “Severed Ties” in 2008. “Our target was top 20, so it came as a big surprise to us,” says manager Luke Logemann of Melbourne-based Staple Music Management.

The album was recorded in New Jersey with producer Machine (Every Time I Die, Lamb of God, Gym Class Heroes). International releases aren’t yet confirmed, but Logemann says that “we’re talking to a lot of labels [and] we’ll be spending a lot of time overseas next year.”

The Amity Affliction has steadily built its domestic fan base through extensive touring in the past six years (it wraps a national tour July 25), while media support has come from national youth-oriented radio network Triple J and alternative culture magazine Blunt. Readers of Blunt voted the act band of the year in 2009.

A U.K. tour is planned for December, with U.S. and European concerts expected to begin in February 2011. Australian shows are booked by Destroy All Lines; the Agency Group books for Europe and Asia. Worldwide publishing is through Native Tongue/Boomtown Publishing.