Amyl And The Sniffers Made An ARIA Award-Shaped Bong, And Honestly Good For Them

Some real creative ingenuity going on here.

Amyl and the Sniffers

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Music awards are silly — after all, deciding which songs are the “best” is an exercise in pure subjectivity, one that should have no bearing on commercial opportunities or success.

It’s fine to rank favourites, but the heft that comes along with winning an ARIA is more than a touch ridiculous. Which is why it’s always fun to see a band lean into that silliness, and take the piss out of the whole affair.

Enter Amyl and the Sniffers, the raucous Melbourne punk band that have made a replica ARIA award shaped like a good old-fashioned bong.

First of all, considerable praise must be heaped onto the band for the sheer accuracy of the replica. Sure, ‘ARIA’ is written on the side in extremely smudged marker, but aside from that slight liberty, the thing is perfect, pointy-end and all.

Secondly, congrats to the band for being fearless enough to ever-so-gently take the piss of the awards body that heaped praise on them. Most artists are too scared of the ARIAs — and their own PR teams — to do anything that might be construed as a mockery of the too-often hallowed critical establishment.

More ARIA-shaped bongs, is what I’m saying.