Waifs seek­ing con­nec­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Sara Fitz­patrick

HOME­GROWN folk rock­ers The Waifs un­der­stand the magic of mu­sic.

They re­alise that most oc­ca­sions – wed­dings, fu­ner­als and first kisses – come with a song at­tached.

In cel­e­bra­tion of their 25th an­niver­sary, the mem­bers are ask­ing fans to share their sto­ries. They want to know if their mu­sic has played a piv­otal part in any event or time in peo­ple’s lives, then share these sto­ries with au­di­ences at their up­com­ing tour.

“This just gives us a sense that our mu­sic and songs can be­come a part of the com­mu­nity,” vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist Vikki Thorn said.

“Be­yond the point of us be­ing on stage and hav­ing a great time, the mu­sic takes on a life of its own and weaves it­self into peo­ple’s lives one way or the other

and it’s re­ally nice to hear that stuff com­ing back.”

Thorn re­called the story of a woman who ap­proached the band at a Syd­ney gig a few years ago.

“She said ‘My son and I took a trip through Canada and he loved The Waifs so much and wanted to play your mu­sic in the car’,” Thorn said.

“I couldn’t stand the mu­sic; I hated The Waifs but that was all he wanted me to play.

“He died trag­i­cally not long af­ter that trip and now I come to your gigs be­cause I feel like I’m spend­ing time with my son.’”

Thorn, who di­vides her time be­tween Al­bany and Utah, said the band at­trib­uted its suc­cess and longevity to its fans.

“When it came to com­mem­o­rat­ing 25 years, we asked our­selves ‘What do our fans want to hear? Well, they prob­a­bly want to hear a band sit­ting around in a kitchen – every­one wants to hear their favourite band sit­ting around in the kitchen play­ing mu­sic – so let’s record an al­bum in a kitchen’,” she said.

Sto­ries about The Waifs’ mu­sic can be sent to waif­ssto­ries@jar­rahrecords.com or posted on the band’s Face­book page.

The Waifs have reached their 25th an­niver­sary.

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