It’s undeniable that WAAX front woman Maz De Vita is one of the most awe-inspiring and intimidating live performers in Australia (and after the band’s recent pummelling of SXSW – we can now comfortably say she kicks the world’s arse too). Now she has a video that perfectly captures the bloody red raw intensity and emotion she brings to her music in the form of the thrilling new video for WAAX’s latest single, ‘FU.’
The video, directed by Marty Moynihan & Jeremy Hancock, is reminiscent of modern horror flicks like Get Out and Let The Right One In, combining stark close-ups, clever visual effects, and violently fast motions all to add an even more impactful level of aggression and surprise to De Vita’s already captivating presence.
The clip drops just a few weeks in the aftermath of the single’s release and subsequent success after taking up the charge from its thunderous predecessor ‘Labrador’ – the song that firmly placed WAAX in the national spotlight. ‘FU’ has now taken the mantle of triple j’s most-played song in recent weeks, and has continued to thrill fans with its brutally honest lyricism, next to its jagged grunge shards dipped in melody and angst.
A study in honesty and contained intensity, ‘FU’ documents the very point WAAX moved beyond their initial genesis grounded in punk rock into an arena where they feel ready to embrace all the influences that make up the entire sum of their parts. More than anything, the song is uncompromising in its lyrical intent – wearing its anger on its sleeve in the form of a majestically dark, hooky, and riff-laden rock song, which will inevitably slide its way into your consciousness well before it delivers its weighty message.
“This song is about a situation with someone in your life who is taking advantage of you and finally having to acknowledge reality and stand up to them,” explains De Vita. “I hope it’s as cathartic for the listener as it was to write.”
WAAX have spent the last few years winning hearts and selling out national tours across the country, releasing two well-received EPs, supporting the likes of big time internationals Wolf Alice, Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro, and making sizable waves on the festival circuit with standout sets at Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, Good Things and Unify Gathering. Add to that a trophy case of local music awards and it’s clear to see the band’s trajectory is on a steep and promising rise.
After signing with Australian indie label stalwart Dew Process in 2018, the Brisbane quintet first struck gold with ‘Labrador,’ after working with Australian music icon Bernard Fanning as producer, alongside Grammy-winner Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, RATM, Pearl Jam). All three parties reunited to make ‘FU,’ and have clearly not finished tapping the vein they discovered in their early collaborations, with the band’s debut album set for release later in 2019.
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WAAX ‘FU’ IS OUT NOW VIA DEW PROCESS AND UNIVERSAL MUSIC AUSTRALIA