Aussie alternative pop-punks Waxflower have drop a new track from their debut EP.
Off the back of their heart-on-sleeve EP We Might Be Alright earlier this year, Brisbane pop-punk aficionados Waxflower today reveal a change of pace with their new single Soak.
Having explored the subtle addition of electronic elements in previous releases, Waxflower today boldly step forward into the embrace of layered synthesisers and a darker, heavier sonic direction. Fans will also note a second vocal on the track – that of the band’s guitarist Jordan Beard. Despite this new contrast, the undercurrent of hopefulness for which the band have become known is still ever-present on Soak.
Mental health has been a consistent theme woven throughout Waxflower’s lyrics, and Soak continues this narrative, exploring the anxiety and panic disorder experienced by frontman Tristan Higginson. “Soak’ is about the lowest of lows, standing before a hopelessness that feels insurmountable,” says Higginson. “When my panic attacks were at their worst, I wanted a medicated lobotomy — I just wanted it to be done. The song zeroes in on those moments where you would give up anything for the pain to stop.
“The most intense struggles often feel the most insular. Being told “everything’s going to be ok” doesn’t do much when you’re gasping for air. Soak lives in those moments without an agenda; it’s just down there, feeling the pain with you.”
Formed in 2020, Waxflower had a shared passion for genuine, emotionally charged alternative rock. The band merge influences from Jimmy Eat World, Kisschasy, The Maine, and Nothing, Nowhere to match their unique perspective with progressive melodies and hooks.
Debut singles Cut Your Teeth and Back To Back saw the band play sold-out shows across Australia. The band signed with Australian booking agency Select Music, and have performed alongside global heavyweights Simple Plan, The Maine, Stand Atlantic, and The Dangerous Summer. The band have now signed with European label Rude Records (Saves The Day, Less Than Jake, The Maine).
Debut EP We Might Be Alright saw the band return to acclaimed producer Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic, Between You & Me, Short Stack) to polish off a release that would garner global coverage.
Entering the tail-end of 2021 with an expansive new sound, Waxflower’s vision remains constant; to create moments of honesty and vulnerability within their music – doing so through a broad range of sonic influences. Soak is the first drop in a flood of raw, emotive songwriting for Waxflower.
Soak is out now on all streaming services.
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