WAXWING “We just wanted to play the old songs and see how they felt.”
There is a short list of bands that I carry around in my head—bands that are incredible but, sadly, defunct and forgotten without ever getting the recognition I felt they deserved. Until recently, Waxwing were near the top of that list.
In the late '90s and early '00s, Waxwing were a staple in the Seattle music community—they regularly played all-ages shows at the Paradox, the Old Fire House, and various basements. People were drawn to their songs, which carried moments of both subtle, delicate beauty and overwhelming guitar onslaught. While the band was able to develop a cult following—there are more than just a few tattoos of the band's logo out there—Waxwing ultimately took a backseat to its members' other musical careers. Singer Rocky Votolato was, rightfully, finding more and more success as a solo artist; Rocky's guitarist brother, Cody, was part of the Blood Brothers' snotty sonic storm. The band announced their official split in 2005, but their albums One for the Ride and Nobody Can Take What Everybody Owns still stand up today.
But emotional hearts burst open with happiness earlier this year when Waxwing announced that they were reuniting! For those who are just learning about Waxwing, here's a brief history lesson of how four teenagers came and left, like so many bands do, but were ultimately able to cultivate an impression big enough to call for a reunion nearly a decade after their demise.