Behind The Noise

MUSIC FEATURE: Behind The Noise – Waxflower

Like your modern alt-rock with a hint of nostalgia? Well look no further than Australia’s Waxflower, who released their sophomore EP The Sound Of What Went Wrong earlier this year. In the lead up to the release, the quartet revealed a video for The Drama Scene, which frontman Tristan Higginson explains “is a reflection of my social life at the time.” We caught up with the band to find out more, including the writing process, themes and stories from behind the scenes. 

Can you give us your quick elevator pitch on this track? Why does this one standout for you?

The Drama Scene is raw and honest. It’s Tristan diving into his own personal psyche and looking at the way his action has affected the situation he’s found himself in. No one is a perfect being and this song touches on that. Paired with some MySpace influenced instrumentation, this one is heaps of fun to play live!

How did you tackle the writing process for the song? Was there anything unique about this track compared to your usual/previous approach? 

We knew this song was a lock as soon as Tristan sent through the demo. With a catchy chorus, we headed into the studio with Stevie Knight to put together the instrumentation and record the final version heard today. Giles Higginson (Tristan’s brother) played keys on this track, as he did in the 2000’s in their previous band.

Can you tell us how the song’s theme came about? 

The usual aches and pains of growing up, falling out of friendships, fights and too many late nights.

Tell us about the video, do the themes of the single transfer to the video? 

In the sense of thematic, we wanted to portray a vibe of a college or high school film. American Pie with a bit of a wholesome twist. I think we all love the drama in those movies and The Drama Scene is almost like musical depiction of a college film.

Do you have any behind the scenes stories from the video shoot?

The music video was shot in an old taxi garage. The ‘room’ seen in the music video is the room where they used to spray paint the taxi’s. We wanted to drive a taxi into the scene at the end, but couldn’t get one started, so had to cut it.

Anything else you’d like to add for our readers?

Drink plenty, get plenty of sleep and support your favourite local bands. Our sophomore EP The Sound of What Went Wrong is out now, via the lovely Rude Records.

Waxflower‘s sophomore EP The Sound Of What Went Wrong is out now via Rude Records, available to purchase HERE.  

A 30-something year old journalist and freelance PR often found at a gig, a festival or holding a dictophone to a band and asking them all kinds of questions. I'm a sucker for whiskey and vinyl.