WAAX have been killing it over the last few months, coming off the back of a massive national tour the band hit BigSound hard last night with the packed show at The Brightside. From the chanting crowds to the insane energy from front woman Marie DeVita and the odd crowd surfer they sure know how to throw a good party. With their live performance commitments now over the week we caught up with drummer Tom Bloomfield to chat about the show, their recent EP and what BigSound means for WAAX.
What does it mean to be able to play BigSound as a local band?
Regardless of if we’re playing or not BigSound is always the funnest time of the year, because a lot of friends from around the country are in town for a few days. Usually when a band is coming through you’re mates with they’re only going to be here for a night, and that’s if you have it off, you don’t always get a chance to see them. So it’s kinda like a summer camp for musicians in a lot of ways. I know there’s more stuff that goes on but I stick to the music side of it. I love BigSound and it’s nice that it’s in Brisbane. It’s our third time playing so really we’re still stoked to be here.
Last night’s show was insane, the crowd was going off throughout the set, how was the response compared to some of your other shows this year?
I just hope everyone had a good time. Lately it’s just been amping up a lot, I mean no doubt that was crazy [last night]. We did a headline tour that finished a month ago and every show was kinda crazy. [Last night] was the first time we had people crowd surfing. Playing a hometown show I think helped last night’s show be as crazy as it was, as we are from here and these are our friends.
So you guys released a EP recently, Wild & Weak, why did you release it independently considering you’ve got the momentum and public support to warrant approaching a label?
I think there is a lot to be said for maintaining independence while you can. It’s certainly not everyone’s best route but for us we felt like it was. First of all it’s just an EP, we weren’t looking to take over the world with it. We were just at the point of re-inventing our sound and we wanted to identify ourselves really clearly and just come out strong. We felt that the only way we could really do that was to do it by ourselves. We’d also made it a lot more fun and the process just went really well because we took our time and it was very us. I think at that stage in our careers being independent is really important.
Rather than your standard filmed Track by Track, the band chose to put out a visual track by track of the EP via hand drawn artworks. Can you explain to us why you chose to move away from the filmed format?
We always want to be different and contemporary. We really like to be creative in every way, not just in the way we write stuff, with all the surrounding media that goes with that and the way we want to speak to people and identify our art with people. Marie our singer is the band’s artist, she does the graphic design and the t-shirts, and she illustrates a lot as she’s a designer and artist by trade. And she’s also the lyricist and songwriter so it goes hand in hand. And she felt that the best way to describe our music was visually through her own ideas and thoughts. It all came from her head. We wrote about it as well, but it’s interesting to do little things like that to see how people interpret things. You never know, people interpret art differently and it’s the same with music as it is with drawing.
And how was the response to the artistic approach to the track by track?
I think it all felt into our version of doing everything. It was really non-conventional campaign, and ultimately we were all really happy with how it all went and were looking towards the future now. It was really really cool to be able to everything our own way and get such a good response from it. We were really shocked with how well things went.
From your latest EP is there a favourite track you love to play?
My favourite song on the EP is ‘You Wouldn’t Believe’ which is the last track. The reason is a selfish one, it’s my favourite to play. There’s a lot of cool intricate parts to that and it was a song that really just came together more than any of the other songs on the EP. When it was done we were just like ‘that’s done, we’re sweet’ and I feel like because it was such an organic writing process playing it feels a lot more natural to me, yet there’s all these really cool parts and it just crescendos and explodes at the end. So when you get to that point it’s so much fun. Lately we’ve actually been ending our sets on it just because it does do that big build up and then crashes on everybody.