Home­com­ing for The Waifs

The Waifs re­turn home, to Al­bany En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre, on De­cem­ber 9. The city’s own Vikki Thorn spoke to Shan­non Smith about their quar­ter cen­tury of suc­cess.

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Al­bany’s The Waifs are head­ing back to their roots for a one-night only show at Al­bany En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre to mark their 25th an­niver­sary.

Q Firstly, 25 years! How does it feel?

A It feels like a real achieve­ment in this in­dus­try. We’re lucky to still be around play­ing mu­sic to­gether and still en­joy­ing it.

Q Are you ex­cited to come home?

A It’s heart­warm­ing to play to your friends and fam­ily . . . and go for a swim.

Q Why did you de­cide to do a re­gional tour?

A The dis­tances be­tween re­gional towns can be great and cost-pro­hib­i­tive for tour­ing bands, but we find the re­gional au­di­ences are so grate­ful and wel­com­ing . . . it far out­weighs the cost fac­tor and a few hours ex­tra in the mini­van. Plus, we all grew up in re­gional towns and I re­mem­ber what a big deal it was when “Barnesy” made the trip through.

Q Does your coun­try back­ground in­flu­ence your mu­sic still to this date?

A We were raised in a town of work­ing-class char­ac­ters and that shaped our ex­pe­ri­ences and who we are today. Al­bany used to be the town where ev­ery­one knew you, your mum and dad, and cousins and friends. Peo­ple paid at­ten­tion to each other. I def­i­nitely feel that shaped our sto­ry­telling and need to lis­ten and ob­serve the world through mu­sic.

Q How do you think you’ve grown over the years?

A Most def­i­nitely older, pos­si­bly a touch wiser.

Q Look­ing back, is there a favourite mo­ment?

A My favourite mo­ments on tour are the ones when the mu­sic comes to­gether in a way that we are all play­ing in­tu­itively and in­stinc­tively from our hearts. It be­comes an el­e­vated ex­pe­ri­ence for us and the au­di­ence — some sort of en­ergy flow.

Tick­ets to see the Waifs at 8pm on De­cem­ber 9 are avail­able at tick­etek.com.au for $63.50 each.

Pic­ture: Jar­rah Records

The Waifs are re­turn­ing to Al­bany.

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