Brisbane pop-punk luminaries Waxflower have released their latest single,
Together, a conversational melody between lead singer Tristan Higginson and his anxiety. A deeply personal and poignant exploration of mental health and the controlling grip of one’s inner monologue, Together is painstakingly candid and comes as the band’s third musical instalment, following previous singles Back To Back and Cut Your Teeth. The band go in to more detail about their new single.
How has the response been to your new single Together?
The support behind this band has exceeded any expectation we could have possibly had. Seeing people rally behind the song on release day and resonate with the meaning was extremely gratifying.
Was the process of making the track as challenging as you thought?
I remember writing Together on the floor of my childhood bedroom, honing in a vocal melody over the verses. There’s video evidence of it in my Snapchat memories somewhere. I sent it to a couple of friends straight away. Compared to some of our other songs I think it fell together quite quickly.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
Collectively we grew up listening to a mixture guitar driven pop-rock/ emo/ hardcore – usually very emotionally driven. I’d like to think that some of that influence shines through in our songs.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
My biggest influence is definitely Jimmy Eat World. I hold a huge amount of respect for Jim Adkins’ style of songwriting. A song should still be great when it’s stripped backed to a single vocal and a guitar.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
The guys are always telling me to write a checklist of gear for when we load out. Great advice that I definitely haven’t taken.
How did the band get together?
We’ve all been around each other in some capacity over the years through the scene. I reached out with demos expecting no-one to be interested, two months later we were driving down to Sydney to record our first tracks.
You’re touring in February which is very exciting! What’s on the cards beyond those shows?
More music, more shows, more Waxflower.
Interview By Rob Lyon
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