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
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.