Holy Sick

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Holy Sick is the debut EP by Australian rock band Waax, released independently on 29 September 2015 through SoundCloud, and commercially on 14 December. It was produced by Konstantin Kersting and recorded at Airlock Studios in Brisbane.[1] It was the last recording to feature bassist and guitarist Ariana Pelser and Elijah Gall respectively, only appearing on the track "Wisdom Teeth".

Background and promotion

Waax's debut single "Wisdom Teeth" was released on 23 May 2014.[2] "Wisdom Teeth" was submitted to Triple J Unearthed and won on 28 July, earning the band a spot on the Triple J Unearthed BIGSOUND showcase lineup.[3] A music video for "Wisdom Teeth" was released on 8 December.[4]

Their second single, "I for an Eye" was released on 3 June 2015. The music video followed on 16 July.[5]

Without any prior announcements, the EP Holy Sick was released on 29 September.[6]

The third single, "Holy Sick" was released on 4 October. On 16 December a music video for "Holy Sick" was released, two days after the EP's commercial release.[7]

Waax later performed a five-date Holy Sick EP Tour in December.[1][8]

Writing and composition

The single "I for an Eye" has frontwoman Maz DeVita "questioning herself and her place, particularly as a female, in the music industry, followed by the anger at herself for feeling insignificant." The title-track "Holy Sick" is said to be dissing then-Prime Minister, Tony Abbott and his views on immigration.[9]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AAA Backstage4/5[10]
The AU Review8.7/10[11]

The EP received positive reviews. Jack Doonar from AAA Backstage, praising the grungy hard rock sound, said: ""Holy Sick" is 11 minutes and 14 seconds of pure WAAX. Frontwoman Marie DeVita leads a young band that’s smart enough to known there’s more to rock than just turning it up to eleven."[10] The AU Review rated it 8.7/10 and praised DeVita's vocal range saying: "[DeVita] has an incredibly wide range, going from angry howling to soulful and evocative crooning, sometimes within the same line."[11]

Carmel Lewis from Blank Gold Coast gave it a positive review, saying: "Waax and Holy Sick are an absolute pleasure, in a warped way, to see, hear, dance, laugh, cry and tear your teeth out to."[9]

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."I for an Eye"2:44
2."Holy Sick"2:49
3."CC Thugs"3:29
4."Wisdom Teeth"2:10
Total length:11:12

Personnel

Adapted from SoundCloud.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b "Buy GALLERY: WAAX - "Holy Sick" EP Tour tickets, NSW 2015". Moshtix. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  2. ^ "WISDOM TEETH | WAAX". BandCamp. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  3. ^ "COMPETITION: BIGSOUND 2014". Triple J Unearthed. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  4. ^ WAAX (8 December 2014). "WAAX - Wisdom Teeth". Retrieved 17 July 2019 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ WAAX (16 July 2015). "WAAX - I For An Eye - (Official Video)". Retrieved 17 July 2019 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Moskovitch, Greg (5 October 2015). "WAAX Announce Surprise EP & National Tour Dates". Tone Deaf. The Brag. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  7. ^ WAAX (16 December 2015). "WAAX - Holy Sick (Official Video)". Retrieved 17 July 2019 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ Gojak, Alan (13 October 2015). "WAAX stick to their punk rock roots on Holy Sick". Happy Mag. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  9. ^ a b Lewis, Carmel E (29 October 2015). "Album Review: WAAX | HOLY SICK". Blank Gold Coast. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  10. ^ a b Doonar, Jack. "Review: WAAX Debut EP "Holy Sick"". AAA Backstage. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  11. ^ a b Duldig, Ingmar (23 November 2015). "Album Review: WAAX – Holy Sick (2015 EP)". The AU Review. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Holy Sick [EP] by WAAX". SoundCloud. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2019.

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