Brisbane quintet Waax have been making lots of compelling noise of late. Signing withAustralian indie heavyweight Dew Process and featuring heavily on the nations airwavestheyve been winning hearts and selling out national tours in the process. Supporting the likesof big time internationals Wolf Alice, Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro, the band have also beenmaking sizable waves on the festival circuit with standout sets at Splendour In The Grass, FallsFestival, Good Things and Unify Gathering, not to mention a growing collection of local musicawards and its clear to see the bands trajectory is on a stratospheric rise.
Though the visceral nature on which the bands reputation has been forged is never far from thesurface, a different type of weight hangs on the bones of this amazing collection of songs.As lyricist and vocalist Maz De Vita declares, its something that hasnt been a consciousdecision, more purely the fact that the band have never been willing to trade emotion overallegiance to style. We never write thinking about genre, she states, we always just do whatsounds right to us. Waax will always at its core look to convey a feeling, no matter what form itcomes in.Big Grief explores the very definition of the word grief in universal terms; its a mourning that assentient beings in the modern world, with all its technological trappings, we should all be ableto relate to.
As De Vita again explains, the whole album is about grief for so many things that Ifelt when we were writing the record and still do now. The way the world is so volatile at themoment, our environment, I talk about anxiety, mania, cutting ties with old friends and habits,my problems in the past with body image, and its almost like a big mourning for all that. Itsdefinitely an outpouring of grief in every sense of the word. But as much as I explored darkerthemes for Big Grief, I framed my melodies and vocal very colourfully and lively.For a lot of writers, working without ambiguity and putting themselves completely out there forall to see can be an arresting experience, but for De Vita there seems to be no other way.Honesty is the main thing that I need to have, if it doesnt feel honest it doesnt feel worth it.For me it has to be straight from my gut, and I need my whole heart to be in it. I think the rest ofthe band can feel it too, we can all feel when the song has an element of rawness and realnessand thats probably the most important thing. I can be quite a reserved person day to day, but Iguess I harbour a lot of fiery angsty feelings and being able to have an outlet to say the things Iwant to say, thats really important.
Waax – Big Grief is out via Dew Process on 28th June