BACK TO BA­SICS

Delight in a quar­ter-of-a-cen­tury cel­e­bra­tion of dreamy folk tunes at An Evening With The Waifs at Night Quar­ter this Satur­day night

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Folk rock dar­lings The Waifs have been in the in­dus­try a long time – 25 years in fact – and poor singer­gui­tarist Josh Cun­ning­ham isn’t cop­ing too well.

“The in­ter­net wasn’t even around when we started,” he laughs.

“I re­mem­ber get­ting our first mo­bile phone and I’m still com­ing to terms with email.

“I al­ways think I was born in the wrong era. I want to go way back, 50-100 years ago.

“The horse and cart era, when you didn’t even plug your gui­tar in.”

But as a lover of mu­sic and artistry, he ad­mits there are some pos­i­tives to the rapid tech rise.

“With tech­nol­ogy and mu­sic what’s great is you can record a lot eas­ier,” he says.

“You used to have to go to the stu­dio, which was very ex­pen­sive and you ab­so­lutely needed record la­bel back­ing.

“It was ex­clu­sive, not ev­ery­one had the op­por­tu­nity.

“Now you can record on your iPhone.”

The Waifs are cer­tainly not im­mune to a few bells and whis­tles, but their 25th an­niver­sary al­bum, Iron­bark, is all about get­ting back to ba­sics.

“We got into py­rotech­nics for a while but now we’re strip­ping it back,” Josh says.

“With this al­bum de­cided to go back to the roots. We recorded in a low-key, non­for­mal stu­dio en­vi­ron­ment.

“We spent time in Amer­ica back then and our mu­sic sub­con­sciously got in­flu­enced by that Amer­i­cana sound.

“The in­stru­men­ta­tion grew into a full band sound, but now we’re get­ting back to what it used to be.”

Who knows what he was like in his Amer­i­cana phase, but right now, Josh is hum­ble.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate how lucky we are to do this for so long,” he says.

“A lot of peo­ple that have more tal­ent than we do haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity.”

The Waifs, Night Quar­ter this Satur­day. Tick­ets from $61.75

The Waifs will play at NightQuar­ter on their 25th an­niver­sary tour.

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