Editor’s Note: This past September, rising Australian alternative rock quartet Waxflower released the single for “Again” via Rude Records. “Again” is a follow-up to their previous single entitled “Getting Better”.
The band collaborated with Eat Your Heart Out vocalist Caitlin Henry in order to place further emphasis on the dialogue of the chorus. Waxflower has shared the stage with Between You & Me, Stand Atlantic, Sly Withers and have supported Simple Plan and The Dangerous Summer in the United States.
In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation, Tristian Higginson of Waxflower discusses mental health awareness, tour memories and the Australian alternative rock scene. Fans can find Waxflower at the following locations:
Madness To Creation: Take us into the single “Again”, how has the response been so far?
Tristian Higginson: The response has been good! It’s nice to see people connecting with a different direction for the band.
Madness To Creation: Take us into the writing process for a Waxflower song?
Tristian Higginson: It depends, sometimes it can just be a voice memo of me with an acoustic guitar, other times it will be fully produced bedroom demos that I will then send off to the boys. We’ll collate all of those demos and pick the best ones to take to the studio where everyone adds their own flair.
Madness To Creation: What is the most challenging and rewarding aspect of crafting a Waxflower song?
Tristian Higginson: The most challenging part for me is the standard I hold for what makes a song worthy of being written. I will always compare what I’m writing to successes I’ve had in the past and that can put a hold on the creative process. It’s probably just better to see something through to completion even if it’s not going to be used, just to get that out of your system and flex the writing muscle.
Madness To Creation: Describe each of the band member’s strengths in order to make Waxflower work?
Tristian Higginson: We’re quite lucky in that everyone has their own roles in the band, it helps the day to day go by smoothly. I handle the writing and graphic design, Dan handles management and day to day business, Nick is our videographer and photographer and Jordan handles our accounts.
Madness To Creation: You’ve shared the stage with Simple Plan and Jimmy Eat World, what are your favorite memories and what did you learn from sharing the stage with them?
Tristian Higginson: We haven’t shared the stage with JEW (yet) but that would be a bucket list item for me. Playing with Simple Plan was great, it’s one of those band milestones you can look back on, a pinch yourself kind of moment. For me it was good to play a big room and just prove that my anxiety wouldn’t get the best of me in the moment, there have been a lot of moments like that where I’ve pushed myself a little further through the band.
Madness To Creation: How is Australia handling the Covid-19 pandemic?
Tristian Higginson: Really well! Here in Queensland we are on our way back to normality. Shows are starting to happen again, though are mostly seated for now.
Madness To Creation: We cover mental health awareness at Madness To Creation, what gets you through when times get difficult in your life?
Tristian Higginson: Apart from essential stuff like therapy and medication, it’s nice to have an escape/alternative focus in music, video games, podcasts. Just something to switch your mind off when it starts to become overwhelming.
Madness To Creation: What’s next for Waxflower during the holiday season and heading into 2021?
Tristian Higginson: We’re working hard behind the scenes on assets for our upcoming releases.
Madness To Creation: What else would you like to add in regards to where people can find you?
Tristian Higginson: @waxflowermusic on everything. Stream ‘Again’ on Spotify now!
And there you have it! Check out “Again” by Waxflower on Spotify below!