Fresh from their headline east coast tour over the Aussie summer, Wharves are back home on the Northern Rivers, getting experimental with new music, and dropping brand new track ‘Nothing Left to Say’, now released worldwide.
2019 was a big year for four-piece indie rock band Wharves. A 14-date European tour-of-a-lifetime supporting DZ Deathrays saw them playing to some epic crowds and making new fans.
“Supporting DZ Deathrays and Planet for a 14-show tour across Germany, France, UK, Switzerland, and Belgium has definitely been a highlight for us as a band, and we are playing tighter than ever,” lead singer Matt Collins said.
Back on home soil, the band showcased their latest single ‘Never Missed Anyone Like I Miss You’ on their eight-show Aussie tour which kicked off in Melbourne in November, playing at venues along the east coast, including their home crowd in Byron Bay.
“Playing to our fans in Byron is always a lot of fun. We get to see some familiar faces of friends, family and the uni crew, as well as making a few new fans during the holiday season,” Matt said.
The Southern Cross University alumni band are now working hard to release some new music in the coming months – and they’ve been getting experimental.
“We’re not limiting ourselves to the traditional instruments we’ve been using. We’re pushing our music in different directions and experimenting more with synthesisers,” Matt said.
“I feel like we’ve come up with something that’s sounding really awesome. So, we’re pretty excited to get recording.”
The band met while studying the Bachelor of Contemporary Music at Southern Cross University Lismore campus in Northern NSW. After rehearsing together for a University showcase event, band members – guitar and keyboardist Michael Watson, drummer Fraser Rojo Perrott, bassist Scott Finch and lead singer Matt Collins – found their sound and formed WHARVES.
They went on to win the Triple J Unearthed competition to play on the main stage to Splendour in the Grass in 2017 and launched their debut EP ‘Sooner or Later’ a year ago. Audiences at BIGSOUND, Falls Festival, Festival of the Sun, Byron Guitar Fest and others have also been treated to WHARVES’ unabashed love affair with guitar rock in a powerful live show. They’ve scored supporting acts with bands including Wolfmother, The Living End, Rolling Blackouts, Kingswood and Dear Seattle.
Having gained the attention of Triple J Unearthed presenters, the boys are becoming go-to spokespeople for starting bands in regional areas and pursuing a career in music outside capital cities.
“It’s part of the WHARVES story that we met through studying music at Southern Cross. The access to world class lecturers and facilities really helped kick start us as a band,” Matt said.
“Also, being surrounded by like-minded musicians with similar ambitions is a great reason to study music at University, and the Northern Rivers is a hub for creatives – especially musicians.”
Southern Cross University was the first university in the country to specialise in contemporary music and the popular Bachelor of Contemporary Music program is now being offered on the Gold Coast, at a new Coomera location. More at: scu.edu.au/study-at-scu/music-and-creative-arts/