Hardwaters is gritty feminist anthems in a punk rock style

Hardwaters is a three-piece rock band, spread between Melbourne and Sydney, with heavy influences filtered through softer rock   Let’s...

Hardwaters is a three-piece rock band, spread between Melbourne and Sydney, with heavy influences filtered through softer rock

 

Let’s start by introducing your project: what’s Hardwaters, where is it based and what’s about?

Zoe: We’re a three-piece rock band, spread between Melbourne and Sydney.

We play gritty feminist anthems in a punk rock style that’s much softer than what we tend to listen to.

When Lach and I originally started the band, he was listening to death metal and I was binging on hardcore feminist punk, yet the music we were writing was significantly lighter.

The name ‘Hardwaters’ was fitting for a band whose heavy influences were being filtered through softer rock.

Hardwaters singer, oh my god

 

Where did you get inspiration for your music?

Zoe: Lyrically, my inspiration is from life! I process what’s happening around me and then mix it up enough so that the content can be a bit ambiguous. It’s pretty cathartic which probably shows in our live performance.

 

Tell us something about yourselves, who are the members?

Zoe: We have Lachlan on guitar, Crets on drums and myself, Zoe, on vocals.

I met Lach through the Melbourne punk scene almost 10 years ago.

We were both playing in different bands and when he reached out to me, we just clicked instantly writing a couple of songs each time we’d jam.

We’d cook for each other and even found it easy to write through sms voice recordings.

Hardwaters band playing on the stage

 

You just released your first album soon EP. Are you excited?

Zoe: Yes! Super satisfying to release an EP.

We recorded with Jay at The Pet Food Factory in Sydney and we couldn’t be happier. We also learnt a lot from recording this EP and we’re excited to keep evolving and learning.

 

Who are your favourite artists and how did they influence your style & sound?

Zoe: I’ve got a transformation story for ya. I had an extended break from performing.

I was jaded.

I wished I could sing like Mike Patton.

I blamed my gender for why I couldn’t sing in the style I wanted.

I was making excuses.

I didn’t feel good enough.

Singers can’t simply buy new gear to sound different.]

We have to work with what we’ve got, physically.

I have two bands to thank for restoring my motivation to sing again: The Kills & Polish Club.

Two 2-piece bands with a huge sound and lyrics that punch you in the guts.

These bands showed me the beauty of what’s possible when you lean into your limitations.

Hardwaters singer in the crowd

 

What do you think about Livetrigger?

I love LiveTrigger 🙂

We’ve all discovered new bands through this platform.

We’re a super new band so we’re yet to explore LiveTriggers booking capabilities but it’s a pretty exciting concept!

Hardwaters singer pointing the finger