BAND HITS NOTES IN HAR­MONY

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

Even in the in­for­ma­tion­sat­u­rated age, one great song can still take you far. Just ask Bris­bane rock­ers Waax, who came from nowhere in 2014 on the back of their blis­ter­ing de­but sin­gle Wis­dom Teeth.

It ar­rives like a sledge­ham­mer, gui­tars and drums at full throt­tle, lead vo­cal­ist Marie De Vita ex­hort­ing lines like “I can’t sit still’’ and “I’m never go­ing to leave you alone”.

By the time the song ar­rives at a breath­less con­clu­sion af­ter a per­fectly formed 2 min and 8 sec, you get the feel­ing she is right on both counts.

It’s the lat­est in a long line of blaz­ing Bris­bane punk sin­gles, a tra­di­tion that goes back to The Saints and car­ried on to­day by bands such as HITS and Vi­o­lent Soho. And Waax, a band all in their early 20s, with De Vita joined by drum­mer Tom Bloom­field, gui­tarists Eli­jah Gall and Ewan Birtwell and bassist Ari­ana Pelser.

Wis­dom Teeth rapidly be­came a favourite at Triple J Un­earthed last year and af­ter a pow­er­ful per­for­mance at the Big­sound mu­sic con­fer­ence in Bris­bane the band picked up a manager and book­ing agent.

Big­ger things are sure to fol­low in 2015. And where did Wis­dom Teeth come from?

“Ac­tu­ally, it wasn’t even sup­posed to be a song,” De Vita says. “I wanted some intro mu­sic that would get peo­ple pumped up at the start of our shows, ini­tially it was just gui­tars and scream­ing.

“But the crowds re­sponded so well to it we turned it into a song.”

De Vita, from the Gold Coast, met Gall when study­ing graphic de­sign in Bris­bane, and the rest of the band ar­rived via a re­hearsal stu­dio in Rock­lea.

“Hav­ing the chem­istry is one thing but you have to find peo­ple who are just as pas­sion­ate and that’s not easy. But the line-up we have re­ally hits the sweet spot.”

Bris­bane punk-in­fused band Waax.

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