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by Jax and the Wayward

'Push' by JAX and the Wayward is female-fronted powerhouse vocals and quality, raw, real, hard hitting rock/thumpfunk.
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Push
4:12 $0.99
2. Travelling Song
3:46 $0.99
3. Pay
3:21 $0.99
4. Confusion
3:10 $0.99
5. Elevated
3:25 $0.99
6. Mystery Unread
4:06 $0.99
7. Clowns
3:38 $0.99
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JAX and the Wayward is female-fronted powerhouse vocals and raw, real, hard hitting rock/thumpfunk. The Hobart-based four-piece band features Jacqui ‘JAX’ Smialek on vocals and guitar, Malcolm ‘BAT’ Battersby on guitar, Adrian Hayes on bass, and Tenille 'TJ' Johnstone on drums.

JAX is loud, passionate, and thrives on writing music and a good glass of red. Her vocal delivery has been described as powerful and memorable with style and presence. She says of the band, “the feeling when you take what you’ve created in the studio and transform it into a massive, energetic, original, live rock show- with three amazing musicians who are also your friends- you can’t beat it. It’s fun as hell.” Her vocal style has been compared to Heart, Janis Joplin, and Delores O'Riordan.

BAT, established professional musician/producer/engineer and English nutter with extensive experience throughout Europe and Australasia, hails from the studios of London. BAT spent the years in the studio honing his craft with the likes of Sting, Gavin Rossdale from Bush, and Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd. BAT describes playing with JAX as “no nonsense good hard rock played as it is meant to be with freedom to express in writing and on my guitar”. BAT’s biggest weaknesses are almond fingers, and not wanting to put his Strat down when it's howling through the amps.

Hailing from a grunge background, Adrian, multi-instrumentalist and veritable genius, can recite Pi to 500 decimal places from memory and brings the ass-shaking funk to JAX with the help of Isabel, his special edition Ibanez SR780. Adrian says of playing with JAX, “I enjoy the high energy and playing with people from different musical backgrounds. I feel like playing with JAX gives me the freedom I need to play my 'personality' and my 'style' and to put my own feel into the music".

Drummer Tenille 'TJ' Johnstone grew up on a diet of mostly alt. rock, punk, and pop, and loves the hard rock and funk element of smashing the tubs with JAX- "I like locking into their tight, funky grooves!" TJ has an impressive CV, having drummed on multiple band and session projects. An established musician with state and interstate touring experience, TJ spent some time studying at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music before playing major Tasmanian music festivals.

JAX and the Wayward boast an impressive and ever-growing CV, including opening sold-out shows for Australian rock legends Icehouse and Spiderbait, multiple large scale music festivals, local and international airplay, third place nationally in the GLobal Battle of the Bands competition, and a number of releases and videos.

Influences include Joss Stone, Janis Joplin, Heart, AC/DC, Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, and Incubus.

'Push' showcases a new band lineup, a fresh but funky dirty rock feel, and an overall newer, harder sound which is raw and true to the live sound of JAX and the Wayward. 'Clowns', the bonus track featuring Tasmanian musician George Begbie on piano, ends the EP on an unexpected, beautifully haunting vibe, and highlights the vocal and songwriting strengths of lead vocalist Jax.

Expect dynamic, hard, energetic, and raw live shows that get you on your feet and rock riffs and vocal licks that you can't get out of your head.



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