BAND HITS NOTES IN HARMONY
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.