The pop-punk revival has brought the genre to the forefront of the music scene with artists like MGK and Avril Lavigne. The movement has also opened the doors for rising artists to enter the music scene. Here at The Honey POP, we love introducing you to new artists to add to your playlist. And we’re super thrilled to introduce you to Australia’s newest pop-punk sensation, Waxflower!
The pop-punk band is composed of vocalist Tristan Higginson, drummer Daniel Seymour, guitarists Nick Hargens and Jordan Beard. The quartet has been on the rise in the pop-punk music scene since forming in 2020 and releasing their debut EP We Might Be Alright in 2021, which gained attention in their home country and the UK. They are gearing up to release their second EP, The Sound of What Went Wrong, on April 29.
If you’re not entirely familiar with the Aussie band yet, don’t worry! Here are four songs to get to know Waxflower:
‘The Drama Scene’
The latest single from Waxflower is an irresistible emo-indie hybrid track. The track tells the story of a rumor mill going around a group of friends. With catchy lyrics like, “And I know I’m not one to speak/ But we’ve all been hurt and we will all hurt each other every week/ It’s high life in the drama scene/ It’s gonna get bad before it gets better,” and infectious guitar riffs make for the perfect pop-punk song. In addition, the music video for the new single takes inspiration from early 2000s college movies.
This next track by the Aussie quartet brings us back to our emo days and pop-punk sounds from the early 2000s. The song starts off swinging with a killer instrumental that screams pop-punk in all its glory. ‘Sixteen Floors’ talks about feelings of regret and wanting to try to be a better person. The lyrics demonstrate Waxflower’s songwriting chops, singing, “I’m making excuses every day/ But these are the real words that I want to say/ These are the real words that I want to say.”
‘Food For Your Garden’
This track off their debut EP, We Might Be Alright, demonstrates a different side of Waxflower. Compared to ‘Sixteen Floors,’ this track is mellow but still holds to true their sound and genre. ‘Food For Your Garden’ talks about running from the past and avoiding change by trying to find it somewhere else and finding a way to grow while being in someone’s life.
‘Back to Back’
The last song on our list is ‘Back to Back,’ and it’s a must on your playlist. The opening guitar riff feels inspired by the British pop-punk band You Me at Six but continues to demonstrate Waxflower’s musical colors. The track talks about reminiscing on a past relationship and playing back all the moments together inside one’s head.
Any Waxflower song is a must on your playlist. This Aussie quartet is making sure pop-punk is here to stay, and we’re all here for it. Make sure to stream their latest single, ‘The Drama Scene,’ and check out their sophomore EP, The Sound of What Went Wrong, on April 29.