Vibe-punks WAAX continue their unstoppable momentum, recently announcing the release of emotional new single ‘Wild & Weak’, an impressive new five track EP and their biggest headline tour yet.
Premiering on Goodnights with Linda Marigliano on triple j, ‘Wild & Weak’ embodies the classic denial, an emotional mask that won’t last and the beginnings of a mental rapture. It’s out now and is the opening track of the band’s latest EP of the same name.
Exploring the ‘internal’ for the first time, singer-songwriter Marie De Vita says the band’s Wild & Weak EP (out June 2) is the result of an intrinsically cathartic process.
“Our first EP was a lot more external – so, it felt like the next evolutive step to explore my inner workings and coincidentally a timely post-traumatic deep-hole started forming within me. These songs are a step by step documentation of what I went through – the steps of finding peace with my past,” she says.
Step 1. The Denial (‘Wild & Weak’)
Step 2. The Disorientation (‘This Everything’)
Step 3. The Pattern (‘Same Same’)
Step 4. The Discussion ‘(Nothing Is Always’)
Step 5. The Acceptance (‘You Wouldn’t Believe’)
With each track the band have offered up somewhat of an artistic jigsaw piece with the single art. Those pieces combine to form the cover for the EP – a picture of a lifeline phone near the Story Bridge in Fortitude Valley. It represents and is a lifeline in every sense. It’s a way out.
Exploring new sonic territory in the studio on the Wild & Weak EP, WAAX partnered up with Brisbane/LA producer Miro Mackle (Major Leagues, Jeremy Neale, The John Steele Singers) for a hands-on tweak of their now signature sound. The songs were then sent over to the USA for mastering by Grammy Award Winner Joe LaPorta (David Bowie, Foo Fighters).
With nothing but momentum behind them, WAAX move into this next phase stronger than ever, choosing to release their EP independently. ‘Wild & Weak’ lands at the end of a huge two month – almost completely sold out – National tour with Kingswood. Rest. What’s rest? The Brisbane five-piece, embark on their biggest headline tour to date in June/July. Formidable on recording and even more ferocious on the stage, WAAX tear across 10 dates in five states for their most important shows yet.
With a myriad of solid support behind them including adds at triple j, FBi and praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Music Junkee, The Music and more, WAAX are certainly wild and anything but weak.
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PRAISE FOR WAAX
“Took me approximately one tenth of a second to like this track”
— Richard Kingsmill, triple j
“Marie De Vita is nothing shy of a revelation” — The Music
“The nu face of the nu nu-rock revolution” — FasterLouder/ Music Junkee
“You can only listen to this song loud, there is no other option”
— Dom Alessio, triple j
“… absolutely killer live” [9/10] — Larry Heath, The AU Review