Punk-vibes WAAX throws us a bender with their new emotionally-charged single Labrador. Slowly rising in intensity, the drums and guitars don’t overpower the song straight away, allowing the catchy vocals and melody to be the opening focal point of the song. The layers of guitar and drumbeats are carefully added, taking us up to the first heavy drop of the song. When the instruments do power up in the chorus, we are ready to ride along WAAX’s roller coaster of emotion and plummet into the depths of the track.
The single loops and turns, with subtle moments like the second bridge’s muted guitar strumming and intimate vocals making it a real emotional journey.
The track explores events from the lead singer’s past in a direct way for the first time.
“This song is the first time I’ve ever spoken so candidly about my past,” De Vita elaborates. “The title is named after the suburb where I spent a lot of time when I was in my late teens and it’s where a significant relationship ended. Basically, the song underpins the way I felt around the time. I feel like this was the time I began to struggle with depression and when I was about 18, battled with body image issues. When my relationship ended, I didn’t really write music for a couple of years, I smashed my guitar. I felt kind of worthless. I clung to self-deprecation, I felt safe there. I had voices around me that said I wouldn’t amount to anything musically and I thought ‘you were right all along, you’re better than me. I’m never enough.’”
Check out the single and their upcoming tour below!