Q&A Scene: James Seymour


Tell us about your new Single & tour?

“Bye Bye Bye” is our newest single. We recorded it ourselves at Jungle Studios in Sydney and got super-awesome-producer-guy Pete Holz to mix it. It premiered on Triple J’s Home and Hosed last week which was a great surprise! We’re hopping in the van in February to play Melbourne and Wollongong.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

“Bye Bye Bye” because it’s simple and the lyrics are pretty universal for a song about a space alien in exile.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

There’s an bakery in Holbrook on the Hume Highway that makes the best salad rolls in the world. Every time we go to Melbourne we stock up. Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Where do you draw inspiration from?

For me a lot of it is stand-up comedy. Not that I think our songs are funny, but something about it gets me in the right headspace for writing.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

“White Christmas” because it’s the highest selling single of all time. Then I could quit my kitchen job and record forever.

What’s next for you?

We’re finishing up an EP to come out this year. More shows, more writing, more meeting awesome bands, and a song about love and Jesus.

What’s your scene?




Is it Power-Pop? Is it Grunge revival? Has You Am I gone Emo? It’s Wasters, with their newest single “Bye Bye Bye”.

They’ve got more hooks than the Pop divas and more angst than the Punks. After three years they’ve become the Sydney live scene’s recurring dream, proudly playing as many shows as humanly possible.

2015 saw the release of two singles “End of the World” and “Rollercoaster” – both added to Triple J Unearthed rotation – two East Coast tours and a support with their idols Everclear at The Metro. With a show that has been described as “an explosive performance” with “a certain nostalgic quality” (TheMusic.com) it’s no wonder Wasters have become one of Sydney’s most frothed-over live acts. While they seem to have an addiction to playing live, it’s in the studio that the sludge-pop vision becomes truly realised. Don’t let the name fool you, Wasters care a lot. One listen to the latest self-produced single carves this notion right into your ear drums. Equally personal and fantastical, “Bye Bye Bye” is the tale of an alien who scorched the earth and fled to outer space. The band manages to combine sunny pop melodies with awkwardly honest lyrics, burying it all under a mountain of gooey fuzz guitar and feedback. Mixing duties were handled by Aria-nominated Producer Pete Holz (Gang Of Youths-The Positions).

In 2015 the band returned to a three piece line up with renewed energy and focus in their sound. They are back in the studio with Holz working on an EP to be released in 2016.
“Bye Bye Bye” by Wasters is released 29th January.

Single Launch dates:

Thu, 21st Jan – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney NSW w/ Hedge Fund & The Water Board

Wed, 3rd Feb – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW w/ Ugly Mundays, Love Buzz & Postmentalist

Thu, 11th Feb – Bar Open, Melbourne VIC w/ Face Face, Going Swimming & Beloved Elk

Fri, 12th Feb – Whole Lotta Love Bar, Melbourne VIC w/ Luke Seymoup Band


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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.