Brisbane’s Waxflower return with blistering new single ‘Soak’.
The group finesse their pop edge for the new track, while dipping into alternative climes; applying some sugar to help the pill go down, Waxflower find the balance between light and shade.
Out now, ‘Soak’ builds and builds, the bubbling production set against some super songwriting. Tristan Higginson’s raw vocals lead the way, and he takes a starring role in the arresting music video.
Force-fed pills, he is later found to have woken up on a bed, floating eerily amid a desolate watery scene.
Directed by the band’s guitarist Nick Hargens and Tristan’s brother Giles Higginson, the video airs for the first time through Clash.
‘Soak’ was our most ambitious shoot yet in both premise and scale. Though I was both pushed out into a lake on a mattress, as well as tied up and manhandled, the full band shots were the hardest. The heat of the room coupled with the high energy required had my heart rate through the roof — a great way to get me into character as the health panicked hypochondriac I was when the song was penned. The video provides an abstract look into these struggles through bizarre instances of internal conflict.
Nick continues: “The music video for Soak was partly undiscovered ground for us. We really wanted to make something that wasn’t so predominately band performance focused, something that was able to share some of the story about the song and the lyrical content. I was really excited to have Giles Higginson come onboard and assist direct with me, he brought some really cool ideas to the table as well as working with my rough plans already to help shape something that is really special.”
For his part, Giles adds: “For the ‘Soak’ visuals we wanted to try and capture the heavy and chaotic themes of the song. We tried to explore different representations of feeling trapped and how Tristan was able to ease some of that pressure…”
Tune in now.