WAAX are Aussie punk juggernauts that are taking the music scene by storm and their new release has a personally chaotic backstory.
What you need to know
- WAAX are a hugely popular Brisbane punk outfit that have just released a new single
- They’re currently announcing a wave of new tour dates to boot
- They’ve racked up more than 10 million streams on Spotify alone
“I was feeling pretty low and pretty hysterical and not very good about myself and I felt that I really needed to write because I hadn’t been writing much at that time because COVID got in the way of my motivation,” DeVita continues.
“A week before that I was staying with my parents through the first lockdown and we were going through the garage and I found a diary from when I was 16. I went through and read it and I was like, ‘Oh, I haven’t really changed that much. I’m pretty much the same fucking person,’ and it was just kind of a potent thing. I hadn’t read anything I’d written as a teenager in so long, so I didn’t even know what to expect. It was just an interesting thing to know that I’m still kind of the same person at the core of it.
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On ‘Most Hated Girl’ DeVita’s new songwriting partner and WAAX member James Gatling comes to prominence as a new dimension to her songwriting process.
“We work together a lot and we have a really great creative relationship and it’s very free and we both really support each other in what we do and he’s a great guitarist and songwriter in his own right, so yeah we’ve just kind of boosting each other up to be better at what we do.”
WAAX are joining the plethora of Aussie bands planning to return to the road with a string of Queensland shows just announced and plans for more national touring once COVID restrictions ease.
The idea of playing shows again has DeVita and the band hyped, as they can’t wait to be reconnected with fans and what they see as the most important achievement of their career to date.
“They’re very passionate which I love, because I’m passionate about them. Being in a band is not exactly the best financial choice you can make in your late 20s but the reason why we do it is for the community,” she continues.
“If they didn’t exist I don’t even know what I’d be doing. We built this thing up and it’s our job to cultivate and grow it and nurture it and I hope people see our community as a safe space for them to be who they are and express themselves. That’s the space that I hope we’ve created and it’s all really about the community.”