Brisbane's premier punk outfit WAAX have finally announced the release date for their highly anticipated debut, Big Grief.
Recorded over the span of several sessions last year, Big Grief features production credits from Powderfinger's own Bernard Fanning and the Grammy Award winning studio wizard Nick DiDia, who's worked on records for the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and more. Big Grief is slated for release on Friday August 23 via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia, and is set to feature 12 premium slices of ethically sourced local punk rock - delicious.
The record is said to explore the 'definition of the word grief in universal terms', with singer Maz DeVita elaborating on the direction of the record in an extended statement released today - "the whole album is about grief for so many things that I felt when we were writing the record and still do now. The way the world is so volatile at the moment, our environment, I talk about anxiety, mania, cutting ties with old friends and habits, my problems in the past with body image, and it’s almost like a big mourning for all that. It’s definitely an outpouring of grief in every sense of the word. But as much as I explored darker themes for Big Grief, I framed my melodies and vocal very colourfully and lively.”
To celebrate the announcement of their debut, WAAX have also released a visual for the album's single 'I Am,' which you can watch above. The Brisbane unit are also heading out on tour to promote Big Grief this August - head here to check out all the dates and details.