Having only been a band for the better part of a year and a half, …
We asked Brisbane star rockers WAAX what kinda jams they dig—we found out it was quicker to ask them what they didn’t like. Which as it turns out, is nothing.
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With their Big Grief tour originally slated March and now rescheduled for October (damn virus) and through November, we got a glimpse into the musical minds of WAAX; and it’s full of colour and light, as you’ll soon find out.
Elliott Smith – Angeles
Elliott is my favourite artist of all time, so I have to include one of his tracks obviously. This track explains his transit from Portland to LA and how the blinding attraction to Hollywood and ‘the biz’ is all a façade. I listened to this track on repeat when I went on my first solo trip to LA so it’s super sentimental.
Mac Miller – That’s On Me
Circles is one of my favourite records of this year so far, it’s pretty flawless. I’m clearly drawn to songs about self deprecation and constant self-regulating so this tracks ticks all the boxes. Also the beautiful waltz-like rhythm is so pretty.
JPEGMAFIA – Free the Frail
I just recently discovered Peggy and I’m hooked and floored. His production style is so unique and the vocal samples on this track in particular are so odd but fit so perfectly.
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
When I first heard this track playing I thought it was ABBA. Dance beats and driving bass matched with off kilter production and pan flutes. Absolutely brilliant.
Oliver Tree – Cash Machine
I think Oliver Tree is polarising. I was talking about this song to one of my best friends and he said, “you mean like the memelord, scooter guy?” Uhh, yeah of course I do.
Julia Jacklin – Body
I will never not cry at a Julia Jacklin gig. She opens with this one. It’s a slow burner with a vivid and visceral story. I love the control/restraint of her voice, you can tell she’s pissed off.
Idles – Samaritans
Not only does this song shine a spotlight on the issue of ‘toxic masculinity’, but the drum grove is just infectious.
Viagra Boys – Sports
This song is just a surreal experience. It has this kinda hypnotic bass line that just repeats through the entire track, all wile the lyric descend into a maniacal chant of SPORTS!
Bodega – Jack In Titanic
I just love how this song is somewhat of a love song but that compares every facet of the relationship back to Jack in the Titanic film. There is something so appealing about this brash underdog anthem.
Iron On – More Than Tape
Iron On were a big inspiration for me growing up and this track pulls at my heart strings everytime. Love how it builds throughout.
George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue
Tied with More Than Tape as my fave of all time, this is a classic from Gershwin. So many ripping motifs all the way through. The Leonard Bernstein recording is the best in my opinion.
Rage Against The Machine – Freedom
How could you go wrong with Rage??? The energy in this track always jumps out at me, the way the start punches you in the guts. Like all their work, this is a JAM!
The Pixies – Alec Eiffel
This is my favourite Pixies song and I think it doesn’t get enough recognition, so I just wanted to bring it up!
Vampire Weekend – Unbearably White
Getting into this album late but this one really sticks out for me.
Hayley Mary – Holly
Makes me feel all the things. My favourite song off her debut EP.
WAAX BIG GRIEF TOUR
Thu 8 Oct // MOJO’S, FREMANTLE WA NEW SHOW
* Tickets purchased for original Rock Rover show will be valid for this show
Fri 9 Oct // THE ROSEMOUNT, NORTH PERTH WA
Sat 10 Oct // LION ARTS FACTORY, ADELAIDE SA *All Ages NEW SHOW
Thu 29 Oct // THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE QLD
Fri 30 Oct // SOLBAR, MAROOCHYDORE QLD
Sat 31 Oct // KINGSCLIFF BEACH HOTEL, KINGSCLIFF NSW NEW SHOW
* tickets purchased for original show at The Northern will be valid for this show
Thu 5 Nov // THE METRO, SYDNEY NSW *All Ages
Fri 6 Nov // CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW
Sat 7 Nov // WAVES, TOWRADGI NSW NEW SHOW
Wed 11 Nov // SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC NEW SHOW
Thu 12 Nov // CROXTON BANDROOM, THORNBURY VIC
*tickets purchase for original Chelsea Heights Hotel show will be valid for this show
Fri 13 Nov – UNI BAR, HOBART TAS