Emerging from the South East corner of Queensland comes Whoa! Meeting at Griffith University on the Gold Coast only last year, this quintet consists of a diverse mix of musicians, all who have incredible talent, energy and stage presence that has gained them a fierce reputation around their hometown.
Tomatrax aught up with Levi, the band’s guitarist to ask a few questions.
How did the band form?
Well we all became pretty good mates at university. The whole idea for this project was conceived last year when the opportunity to experiment and have some fun arose through a university assessment. We wanted to create something new and fresh that wasn’t all over the coast already, or Australia for that matter.
Where did the name Whoa! Come from?
Come to a show, you’ll see.
You’ve just released your debut single, how does it feel to have it out?
We’re all pretty stoked to have released Stay The Night! It feels great to finally be able to share something we’ve put a lotta love into.
What made you pick ‘Stay The Night’ as your debut single?
Honestly, it’s a killer track. We absolutely love the song and wanted to share it with the world.
What was the inspiration behind the single’s cover?
We approached Chelsea to create something that embodied the song, portraying sex and love. I don’t think she could have done a better job, it’s perfect.
Are there any plans for an EP or LP release?
We’re always writing new music, and we’re always going to want to share that music. Currently we’re working on our next single, but hold tight… we’ve got a few things up our selves 😉
When writing what comes first, the words or the music?
Honestly, all our music just comes from jamming it out on the spot. There’s no better way to express what we’re feeling than a bit of improvisation. Once we find something we reckon is pretty cool, we go from there.
Do you ever listen to your own music?
Hell yeah, why wouldn’t I? Whoa! Is one of my favorite bands.
What other music do you listen to?
Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of The Growlers, I’m excited to hear new music from them. Aside from them, I love some King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Gum, Anderson Paak, The Cat Empire and some of the classics like The Doors and Led Zeppelin.
Now that your single is out what do you plan on doing next?
Like I mentioned before, we’re always writing new music and currently working on our next single. But nothing gets the blood pumping like a good live show, so you can expect plenty more. Our next gig is at the Northern in Byron Bay on September 2nd with Ocean Alley. We’ve got a whole lot more shows planned too, so keep an eye out.
Check out Woah’s Facebook page to find out more!