This band's music is best consumed on a grey sky afternoon with a cosy blanket on hand. Known for writing lyrics that speak to the moody teenager in all of us, The WLVS are Brisbane's answer to City and Colour, Jeff Buckley and Neck Deep.
We were delighted to catch up with singer and keyboardist Josh recently for a chat to find out more about this emerging alt-rock band. Let's dive in!
If you had to describe your music in seven words, what would you say?
Josh: Moody / sad 90's rock meets post hardcore.
What was the writing and recording process like for ‘Trust Myself’?
Josh: Writing "Trust Myself" was a really collaborative process made possible by our band and some talented friends at uni. We actually workshopped the arrangement of the song in class from a simple idea one of us brought to a writing session, and the end result became this very dynamic track with a really epic, exploding chorus.
If you had to give advice to someone who’s about to record in the studio for the first time, what would you say?
Josh: We've learnt our lesson of what not to do in the studio from making mistakes along the way. To put it plainly - Back up your files in multiple places kids, it will save you a lot of heartache along the line. Be organised and know what you're getting yourself into and have everything ready to go so you can get the best results out of everyone involved.
What was the first concert each of you ever went to?
Izzy: D At Sea, Hands Like Houses and Tonight Alive’s all ages show at Alhambra Lounge when it still existed.
Josh: I think it was Relient K or Switchfoot at Riverstage, it's still my favourite venue to this day.
James: Evermore at a trailer park when I was 4. I think it's the reason why I wanted to make music.
In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing emerging artists in the music industry at the moment?
Josh: I think that the internet has been a really big blessing and curse for upcoming musicians of this era. On one hand we have massive opportunity to release our work independently and run our own platforms, but the result of this is a market that is so oversaturated with mediocrity and content that it makes it difficult to stand out from the crowd and be heard.
I think the simplest solution to this is to do things the old-fashioned way. Play gigs and network in your local music community, as working with people directly will always be more effective than trying to contact them online. Once you establish yourself in your city, your audience will find there way to you.
What’s in the pipeline for The WLVS this year?
Josh: We have a few really exciting projects up our sleeve this year, the greatest of all being our debut EP that we've been working on diligently for the past few years. We're really hoping to put the project out into the world by late 2018. But otherwise you'll be able to catch us promoting our single around the coast and Brisbane area at a few of our favourite spots.
And finally, what are you diggin’ right now? Any recommendations?
Josh: I think podcasts in general are a pretty amazing way to unwind and learn something useful at the same time. As much as we love it, it can become fatiguing listening to music 24/7, especially when you're also in the middle of mixing / writing it. There is so much good stuff out there no matter what you're into and the ones on Spotify are a great place to start.
Dissect is a Spotify original music podcast that analyses the most popular hiphop albums and it's really interesting.
You can catch The WLVS performing at our SEED 2018 Concert Series:
Friday 13 July - NightQuarter, Gold Coast