Getting to Know Waxhead


Byron Bay’s salty surf rat four-piece, Waxhead, are currently touring their new single around Australia. Carol Bowditch discusses crevices with them:

We got together when Finny and Froggy were living together in the the hills of Byron shire jamming out with anyone who frothed on music. Then by the time we realised we were going to need a drummer, Beggson had just returned home after a few years overseas and soon after we got our bass-slapping buddy Moffo to come get grimy.

We sound like crunchy guitars, blasting drums, slippery bass and wailing vocals. Pretty salty with a spot of pepper, or maybe a bit angsty, like George Costanza when he misses out on a free donut.

Byron Bay’s music scene is fully cooking!! Considering it’s only a small town, there’s a lot of amazing venues filled with beautiful people from the four corners of the globe. There are hordes of amazing touring and local bands getting the people dancing all over town every night of the week.

On tour, we will most likely go around each and every round about at least twice, trying to find our bearings. Bicker about whose shit is taking up the most room and how we could gain a few more cubic centimetres of crevice. Apart from that we’ll devise elaborate plans for how to milk the most free alcohol out of the next venue, and of course jump around like idiots on stage!

Our favourite bands right now are Pond, Violent Soho, The Black Angles, The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Queens of the Stone Age and all those ridiculously freakish bands before our time; Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Talking Heads, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, Patti Smith.

The best place in the world to go for a dip is… Well, there is a big swimming pool at the very top of Byron and across the road is the silky warm Pacific. It’s turquoise and crystal clear. Basically, anywhere but the swimming pool and you’ve fully made it.

In 2015 we will be back in our tour car crevices, recording some new tunes, heading back to Japan, Indo and collecting 5 cent pieces in the hopes we can make it to Europe. That would be living.

If you’re in Australia you can catch Waxhead at the following venues:

Friday 14th November 2014
Torquay Hotel, Torquay – VIC

Saturday 15th November 2014
Alia Arthouse, Melbourne – VIC

Friday 21st November 2014
Mum – World Bar, Sydney – NSW

Saturday 22nd November 2014
The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – NSW

Sunday 23rd November 2014
Frankies Pizza, Sydney – NSW

Saturday 29th November 2014
Home Grown Festival, Bangalow – NSW

Friday 5th December 2014
The Pier, Port Macquarie NSW

Saturday 6th December 2014
Yamba Shores Tavern, Yamba – NSW

Sunday 7th December 2014
Broad Beach Tavern “Sounds of Sunday”
Gold Coast – QLD

Friday 12th December 2014
The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay – NSW

Saturday 13th December 2014
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane – QLD



Interview by Carol Bowditch