Brisbane rock outfit WAAX have shared a blistering live set recorded as part of Up in The Airlock’s ‘The Quarantine Sessions’.
Having shared their debut album Big Grief back in August, the last year has undoubtedly been a big one for Brisbane outfit WAAX. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling shows and the chance for fans to experience live music, pre-recorded live sets have been shared as a way to keep appetites for new music satiated.
Over the last few months though, Up in The Airlock has been providing fans with just that – sharing live performances from the likes of Elko Fields, The Jensens, HRBRT, and JB Paterson.
An initiative from Ian Haug’s (Powderfinger, The Church) Airlock Studios and Method To My Madness (MTMM), Up in The Airlock has been showcasing live performances for those who have dearly missed the intimacy of the classic live performance. Helping to raise funds for artists and crew via their website, these sessions have seen talented artists share their skills in a world-class studio.
Now, Brisbane’s WAAX have shared their own session. Originally planned to serve as the debut performance for Up in The Airlock back in April, the team postponed the session due to social distancing restrictions until recently had the chance to finish it.
As vocalist Maz DeVita explains, it was something of a nostalgic experience, given that it was the same studio in which WAAX recorded their debut EP a few years back.
“We felt at home in the beautiful studio amongst the vintage gear and Powderfinger’s ARIA Awards. Airlock still fosters a real creative vibe for us,” DeVita explained.
“The best part was being able to play and perform live; something that we have truly been missing as of late!”
A 30-minute set that included blistering cuts from the group’s discography, including “Labrador”, “I Am”, and the cathartic “FU”, Haug explained that the session was a perfect showcase of the group’s skills.
“WAAX had been bottling up the energy that they were going to bring pre-lockdown to Up in The Airlock and they exploded into the room here at Airlock Studios after escaping from isolation,” he explains.
“The band is loud, tight and purposeful, and Maz is unstoppable. I think she even freaked herself out with the energy she brought.”
Be sure to follow the Up in The Airlock YouTube channel for future performances.