As they wrap their run supporting Biffy Clyro tonight in Sydney, WAAX have released their new single ‘Labrador‘ via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia.

To mark its release, the band are set to embark their recently announced national tour through May / June. The twelve-show tour including an all ages early show in Sydney, kicks off on the Gold Coast on May 11, with Moaning Lisa announced as main support for all East Coast dates.

The five-piece Brisbane outfit will then perform at the sold-out Splendour In The Grass Festival in July.

Labrador‘ starts off gradually, easing its foot onto the accelerator as stabbing guitar notes and echoey drums next door subtly build the momentum. Above all else though, the focus continues to be drawn to Maz De Vita’s concentrated vocals, sounding smoother and yet more emotionally raw than ever. It’s those lyrics though, that really suck you in.

This song is the first time I’ve ever spoken so candidly about my past. The title is named after the suburb where I spent a lot of time when I was in my late teens and it’s where a significant relationship ended. Basically, the song underpins the way I felt around the time. I feel like this was the time I began to struggle with depression and when I was about 18, battled with body image issues. When my relationship ended, I didn’t really write music for a couple of years, I smashed my guitar. I felt kind of worthless. I clung to self-deprecation, I felt safe there. I had voices around me that said I wouldn’t amount to anything musically and I thought ‘you were right all along, you’re better than me. I’m never enough.’“.

It’s an assured step for someone who’s already got such a strong reputation as a performer that puts it all on the line. However, it’s indicative of just how far she and her band have come since their early days. They’ve always had the walk… now they’re prepared to have the talk.

Listen below.

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We operate on raw emotion. From the way that I perform to the way the guys go as well, it’s all about feeling and I definitely I find that I like to emote with as many people in the crowd as possible. I’m not playing at an audience – I want them to be as immersed in the experience as I am. I just want them to feel what we feel. I guess we’re pretty emotional in the way we carry ourselves.

The band have just been signed to US booking agency Paradigm and have been nominated for not one but two Queensland Music Awards for Best Video for ‘Same Same‘ and in the Rock category for their song ‘Wild & Weak‘. The band will also perform at the official ceremony to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 14.

In the past 18 months, WAAX has played more than 60 shows including support slots with Aussie staples Violent Soho, Dune Rats, Ecca Vandal as well as international heavyweights Fall Out Boy, Kim Gordon, Guitarwolf, UPSET and Canadian upcoming punk buddies White Lung. They have also completed two sold-out Australian headline tours. As a band practically built for the festival stage, they were enlisted for a stack of major festivals including Falls Festival, The Plot, Yours & Owls, Secret Garden as well as Pool House Party.

TOUR DATES

WAAX
APRIL
30th – Enmore Theatre, Sydney [18+] Supporting Biffy Clyro
MAY
11th – Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast [18+] w/ Crum, Deluso & Cake
31st – Ed Castle, Adelaide [18+] w/ Siamese
JUNE
1st – The Sewing Room, Perth [18+] w/ Sly Withers
2nd – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle [18+] w/ Sly Withers
8th – Rad, Wollongong [18+] w/ Moaning Lisa
9th – The Lair, Sydney [AA Arvo – 18+ Night] w/ Moaning Lisa
10th – The Cambridge, Newcastle [18+] w/ Northeast Party House, Antonia & The Lazy Susans, and Dave
13th – Barwon Club, Geelong [18+] w/ Moaning Lisa
14th – Pelly Bar, Frankston [18+] w/ Moaning Lisa
15th – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne [18+] w/ Moaning Lisa
16th – The Zoo, Brisbane [18+] w/ Moaning Lisa
—> Tickets available now.
—> For more information, visit [Here].

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Photo by Ian Laidlaw

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