Cover shot – WAXFLOWER

Brisbane’s WAXFLOWER have recently released their single ‘Sixteen Floors‘, and announced their global signing to indie label Rude Records. We had the opportunity to chat with Vocalist and bassist Tristan about their latest offering and what the future holds for the band.

How did you and the rest of the band hook up?

We had all played in bands orbiting around each other for years. Nick, Jordan and I had been talking about starting a band the year before which didn’t come to fruition. Once Dan had showed interest in the demos that gave us the push we needed to make something happen.

Who does your artwork? Has it been the same artist for your past works?

All of our Artwork is done by the very talented Fanny Luor based in the US. She’s been pivotal in establishing the Waxflower aesthetic/brand. You can find more of her work at

The accompanying cover art for Sixteen Floors is interesting. What is the meaning behind it?

The name of the song is actually based on a real apartment building I was spending a lot of time in. The hand on the front is based on an instalment found out the front of that building.

Can we expect a music video for this one?

Definitely! All of our videos are produced in house by our guitarist Nick. That should be coming out really soon!

 What is it that you want your fans to draw from listening to your music?

Most of my writing is focused on personal experience with mental health issues. I’ve always wanted to document those feelings and hopefully have people find solace in relating to it. That being said, I’ve always been attracted to catchy pop music so if the hook is the main sell – that’s also no issue for me.

Who are you biggest influences?

Jimmy Eat World, Kisschasy, Motion City Soundtrack, anything Myspace.

What artists are you listening to most these days?

I’ve been listening to Ben Folds and Ben Folds Five almost exclusively. When I’m not listening to that, I’m watching Ben Folds interviews or gazing longingly at my phone background (photo of Ben Folds).

What is your favourite thing about the aussie pop/punk scene?

I think the pop/punk scene has always attracted passionate fans who are willing to give young acts a chance. Although on a small scale, we’ve noticed people who are invested in the band on a level we didn’t expect – it’s really great to see.

What are the goals for the band in 2020?

More music, hopefully more shows!

Now that these government restrictions are lifting, can we expect to see you on stage any time soon?

We just announced our first show back at the Zoo in August. You can find more info here.

Huge thanks to Tristan for taking the time to chat with us, you can check out more from the Waxflower on their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram.

Sixteen Floors is out now via Rude Records, you can view more on their official YouTube Channel.

Special thanks to Habit Music