Wild & Weak is the evolutionary new EP for WAAX. The EP explores an individual's inner workings when dealing with a post-traumatic stress. Front woman Marie DeVita say's songs are a step by step documentation of the processes of dealing with such emotions and is the first time she has explored the internal. June 30th will see the band embark on a headline tour hitting a town near you, with shows already selling out! To all those Gold Coasters, WAAX will be finishing off their tour with SHAKAFEST happening Saturday August 19th at Miami Shark Bar...
You’ve just released the title track Wild & Weak off the latest EP and tour to follow.. Tell us what’s Wild & Weak about?
Wild & Weak is about being in complete denial about your issues and your weakness – and the weakness is subconsciously informing your wild behaviour. It’s about having no boundaries and blocking everything out with reckless pursuits, self medication etc.
What was the process to create Wild & Weak?
Chris had a really great riff that we thought would be great to start with. He and I went to a house on the Gold Coast and wrote it, amongst other songs on a weekend. Lyrically, the verses came first but once I found the chorus ‘I’m Wild & Weak’ the song made sense - I felt they were the perfect words to encapsulate how I was feeling.
So you partnered up with Brisbane/LA producer Miro Mackie (Major Leagues, Jeremy Neale, The John Steele Singers) Then the songs were sent over to the USA for mastering by Grammy Award Winner Joe LaPorta (David Bowie, Foo Fighters) – What’s it feel having that kind of influence behind you on this EP?
It was a really interesting change for us. Miro had a really different musical background – but I guess we met up and found a really great balance. He had a keen focus on melody and lyrics, which I found super helpful, and he helped my feel comfortable with my vocal tone.
How’s the response been so far to this more emotive EP and approach to the new tunes?
People are reaching out a fair bit now, saying that the record has had a positive effect on them and that’s the goal I guess – it has been really nice.
The artwork is apparently a jigsaw – Can you tell us a bit about that?
Each single artwork comprised of a snippet of the EP art – It signifies the collectiveness of the EP. Each single is a piece to the story. The picture is of a lifeline phone on the Story Bridge and it signifies a final cry for help and I feel that is what the EP as a whole is.
Do you guys have any weird pre-show rituals? Any weird guilty pleasure songs you listen to before you head on stage?
We all huddle and say that thing from Madeleine – ‘we love our bread, we love our butter…” you know the one.
So the upcoming tour pretty amped to headline your own?…
Hell yeah, gonna be fun. We’ll bust out some new tracks too.
You will be finishing the tour with Shakafest August 19th What do you expect from a festival named Shakafest?
Lots of Shaka’s.Shaka’s everywhere. I’m hoping there’s an uber surf dude MCing the thing. But also, pretty psyched to catch up with mates on the lineup that we don’t get to see often.
What have you heard about Shakafest?
Nothing incriminating, so don’t stress. That the line up is fucking bonkers and we’re stoked to play!
Who are you looking forward to playing with/seeing most out of the line up?
So keen to catch up with Tired Lion & DZ, keen to see Ivan Ooze again coz he’s heaps of fun! Never seen Butterfingers play, I’m feeling that they’ll be a good time.
Don't miss them on the Gold Coast and grab your tickets to Shakafest August 19th at Miami Shark Bar
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