Emerging onto the scene in 2017, Gold Coast punk rockers Hot Wax are on a mission to put Australian rock music back on the world stage where it belongs. Comprising Nicky Swamp (lead vocals), Jakey Brown (guitar), Matthew Gray (bass) and Brad ‘Yogi’ Harrison (drums). Together, Hot Wax bring elements of their coastal lifestyle to a mixed musical buffet, delivering a sound that’s all theirs.
Having only been around for a short while, and with just one single under their belt, the four-piece were announced last month as one of a number of Gold Coast acts set to showcase at Australian Music Week in Cronulla in November. I asked singer Nicky Swamp how that happens.
“We have a strong team and set vision,” he said. “We are working very closely with Gold Coast company Footstomp and seeking counsel from our peers to only release our best music.”
Australian Music Week is a very different beast to BIGSOUND. For a start, it’s only a few years old. It also has a focus on DIY music careers as well as being a multi-genre event. Nicky says Hot Wax are hoping to bring attention to what the Gold Coast is really like at the event.
We’re going to show the world that behind schoolies and theme parks that the creative culture is what GC should be known for,” he said. “This isn’t just our goal for AMW, it’s a big part of who we are.
“Our studio in Kirra is walking distance to some of the best surf brakes [sic] in the world.”
“Brad and Jake have grown up surfing here. I’m from the coast in SW England, although the surf doesn’t come close to here… between Croyde Bay and Newquay the ocean was a big part of my childhood.”
The band’s single ‘Surfing’s Not Cool’ addresses the copycat nature of the music industry and has a definitive surf-rock aesthetic, however by the time the track’s over, Hot Wax have come into their own, showing off their post-punk surf-rock sound with aplomb. There’s more music on the horizon too.
“We are currently working with Nick Didia and we have new music coming real soon. We’re forming a good relationship with Nick, we’re humbled to be working him. We’ll make sure you at Blank get a preview when it’s ready,” Nicky said,.
“Oh and for anyone that doesn’t know, we’re going to be the biggest band out of Australia since AC/DC.”
Fair enough, lads.
You can catch Hot Wax at Australian Music Week in Cronulla in November (as well as Ella Fence, Mason Rack and Little Georgia, with more to be announced).
For a taste of what to expect, you can also catch them at Wallapalooza this weekend.