WAAX are in the home stretch of their current headline tour, and have just released a video clip for their latest single ‘Labrador‘.

The band wrap the tour with shows in Geelong tonight, Frankston tomorrow, Northcote on Friday and Brisbane on Saturday night, with Moaning Lisa as main support for all remaining 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.

Watch the video 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.

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
JUNE
13th – Barwon Club, Geelong [18+] w/ Moaning Lisa
14th – Pelly Bar, Frankston [18+] w/ Moaning Lisa
15th – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne [18+] SOLD OUT w/ Moaning Lisa
16th – The Zoo, Brisbane [18+] SOLD OUT w/ Moaning Lisa
—> Tickets available now.
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Photo by Ian Laidlaw

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