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Fans, new and old, celebrate their enduring and beloved band
The Waifs have excited their devoted fans with the announcement of a new double album and a national tour to celebrate their 25th anniversary together. There will be 5 opportunities to see the Waifs in concert in Southern WA.
The album Ironbark, featuring 25 songs, is a celebration of the band's 25 years together and a tribute to the fans who have been there from the start and those who have become fans of the band along the way. It contains stories of resilience and endurance, acknowledging the tenacious will that it takes to get through tough times.
I had the opportunity to chat with Josh Cunningham about the band's amazing 25 years and their new album, Ironbark.
I asked Josh, how he feels looking back at the band's 25 year journey. He reminisced and said in the beginning they were just kids out of school, never thinking that travelling together on the road and making music would turn into such a successful result.
Describing how their music has changed over the years, Josh said there were years when they moved to more of a bigger band style influenced by living in the US and structured studio settings. But with this album they have made a deliberate attempt to get back to the original style of music that is reflected in their first few albums; more of the organic, earthy style with guitars, harmonica and improvised instruments for percussion and bass. Josh said they wanted to give it that feeling of personality and character and reflect that as musicians they are imperfect.
Wanting a natural setting to record in, this new album was recorded in a make-shift studio in the unfinished kitchen of Josh's rural retreat on the NSW South Coast, giving the album the essence and personality that fundamentally reflects the character of the Waifs.
The album's theme of resilience and tenacity comes through in a number of songs such as Ironbark and Syria. The first single and title track of the album, Ironbark is a powerful yet delicate anthem, confirming that we were born to survive.
Josh said "25 years is a long time in the life of a band, but not in the life of an Ironbark tree. Resilient and enduring it stands strong through the changing seasons, surviving hardship and adversity, all the while contributing something beautiful and positive to the world. A perfect metaphor of the journey of so many people that are dear to me, and the most perfect metaphor for The Waifs".
Continuing the theme of endurance Syria describes the life of a Syrian man on the run and his tenacity and survival through his difficulties.
Ironbark will be released as a double album on March 3, 2017. As a gesture of thanks to their fans Ironbark is available for pre-order at the incredibly discounted price of $6 from their website and from iTunes and from various retail outlets for the first 25 days of release.
There are also amazing ticket and album bundles for all headline concerts available via thewaifs.com
An Evening with The Waifs 25th Anniversary Tour Dates, venues and special guests Thurs March 2nd Perth Concert Hall - Lucy Peach Tickets
Sat March 4th 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River- Dave Mann Tickets
Sun March 5rd Castelli Winery, Denmark - Ziggy Alberts Tickets
Mon March 6th Quindanning Tavern - Polly Medlen Sold Out
Thurs March 9th Fremantle Arts Centre - Toby Beard Tickets