Wavevom: On Surf Punk, Durries and What Newcastle Means To Them / by Laura Kebby

Image taken from Wavevom Facebook Page - By  Ariel Brady

Image taken from Wavevom Facebook Page - By Ariel Brady

There’s absolutely no better way to kick back into the swing of things, than with a little live giggo. Lucky for you, your favourite friendship aka Newcastle Mirage/Love and Rent, have contontinued to partner with the Cambridge Hotel for Thursday Night Live. It’s all about the tunes, the cheap beers and good company. #Newystuff and it's happening on Thursday the 19th of January. Newcastle Mirage sat down with Jed from Wavevom - a no nonsense, flipping good band, playing short, fast, delicious surf punk, to chat about the upcoming show, durries, and what Newcastle means to them. 

Newcastle Mirage: Tell me the story behind the name wavevom:

Wavevom: There’s no real significance here unfortunately, we get asked this question all the time. It was just my 17 year old self liking the word "vom"; the addition of "wave" was merely to point out that we were trying to play surf punk and not the straight up noise rock it actually was.

NM: You formed the band in late 2013, how did you guys first meet and then start playing music together?

WV: We all met in high school around year 7 or 8. When the vom first started it was about October [2013] and I was in year 11 with our original drummer Gordon, Jack was in year 10. We'd play around in music class with the worst instruments imaginable as our school didn’t have a lot of money. Guitars missing 2 or more strings, hi hats used as cymbals, pens used as drumsticks. It was the definition of lo-fi which didn't bother us one bit. I owe a lot of that to the sound we have today. 

It didn't take us long from there to outgrow lunchtime jams at school. Mum scored a drum kit at the salvos for $50 and said we could jam in the spare room over the summer holidays. Jumping at that opportunity we headed down to a local second hand music store and scored a guitar (with all 6 strings) and some missing parts for our salvos kit for something like $250. It was from there we worked on writing songs and acquiring all the necessary equipment. I was given an amp by a mate that'd been under his bed for at least 5 years, one of the 2 speakers were missing in it and it made this really loud droning buzz all the time, but I was more stoked than ever, we used it to record our first demo.

The demo was released on January 13, 2014 and was awful and louder than it needed to be, a musical embodiment of our very early life as a band if you like. But it served its purpose of getting us our first ever show at Whites Records. From there we worked the ways of the music industry; making friends and networking. The rest is history.

NM: Tell me about what you think it’s like to grow up in Newcastle.

WV: Jack and I didn’t grow up in Newcastle itself, we were from the Toronto area about half hour south-west. Our teenage years consisted of going to nearby skateparks, avoiding groups of lads at bus stops, drinking goon and swimming in the lake which always made us itchy afterwards for some reason. Because of that our view of Newcastle was kinda warped as you could imagine, so to answer the question: It was pretty shit.

HOWEVER. After Wavevom formed, we were asked to come into the city to play every one of our shows. From The Cambridge Hotel to the humble Croatian Wickham Sports Club. It was then that we realised just how picturesque Newcastle is and how much more welcoming the folk here are in comparison. Our view of the city we call home changed for the better and a whole new world opened up to us, the Newcastle music scene wholeheartedly to thank for the opportunity. It was only then did we really grow as people, and I doubt we'd trade that for anything.

NM: I love your track Durries R Good 4 U - what’s the reaction been like to that particular track?

WV: Thank you! The response to Durries has been phenomenal. Hearing a crowd sing the lyrics back to us something special, especially in other cities, thats what really takes us by surprise. It's like we finally wrote a good song after all these years and that's an incredible feeling. It's the first single from our upcoming record "Eternal Summer" which gives us good hope that we may finally release something to be really proud of, and thats an even better feeling.

NM: What do you think it is about Newcastle that seems to really foster a great creative community?

WV: Newcastle is a small city, everyone knows everyone one way or another when it gets down to it and that's a huge asset whether you choose to knock it or not. As a result, networking is very easy around here. All it takes is to talk to your mate who knows that one guy in a punk band, or to jump into an educational course relating to your topic of interest. Someone will always point you in the right direction until you find who or what you’re looking for, I think it's just in our blood.

Whatever way you look at it, Newcastle is a great place full of great people, it only makes sense that its full of good art, too.

NM: You’ve got a gig coming up at the Cambridge on Thursday the 19th, what can punters expect from a Wavevom show?

WV: A Wavevom show consists of a lot of high energy, a lot of short songs and a lot of me talking about irrelevant things; but we just pretend it's part of the act. I don’t think we've ever 100% nailed a song yet but no one seems to notice. Also, What to look out for? Someone ditching an item of clothing 3 songs in, Jack having a spew.

NM: What’s on your personal playlist at the moment, including inspirations, fixations, and just plain old good tunes.

WV: Currently I'm listening to a lot of Ween. Their music isn't anything close to ours, nor anyone else's and I’m totally obsessed with the total genius in their extensive discography. It's something that took me a long time to get into but I'm glad I made the effort. Other than that I've been pumping out some early music from The White Stripes, some old Surfer Blood, some new PWR BTTM and some classic Bloodhound Gang tunes.

NM: If you could play/tour with anyone who would it be and why?

WV: We recently toured with our best mates from Wollongong, White Blanks and we'd do that again in a heartbeat. But on a bigger scale we'd love to hit the road with the likes of Skegss, California's Joyce Manor or Newcastle's very own The Gooch Palms. Not only are these bands extremely influential to our sound, they are also very lovely groups of people we've had the pleasure of meeting. Getting along with and being surrounded by good people is essential for tour.

Like what you hear? Keen to dive head first into a sea of surf punk goodness? Check out their tunes here: https://wavevom.bandcamp.com oh and IRL as the kids are saying on Thursday night the 19th of January (it's so soon!). It’s time to get out of the house kids. Remember… New Year, New Me.