Up and coming high school band, The Waterfalls, played their biggest crowd yet at the Purple Festival on the 7th October. Currently, they boast an audience count of 300 people, an outstanding following considering their humble beginnings only a year ago. Thrown together by teachers and last minute decisions, the band hosts Aaron Wong (lead singer), Ben Abbott (bassist), Sam Potter (drums) and Owen Tucknott (guitar). With an infectious indie pop vibe that features catchy melody lines and soft vocals, their honest lyrics can speak to audiences across the board. The NewSouthendian spoke with Aaron and Ben to learn more about what was behind The Waterfalls.
The multi-talented Aaron discovered his skill for singing whilst learning the piano and this has moved him forwards into penning the lyrics for the band. Meanwhile, bassist Ben appears to have been born with guitar in hand as he began playing at age 6 before picking up a bass at 15, drawing his main inspiration from Mani, an English bassist for The Stone Roses. The boys gig around Essex whenever presented with the opportunity and when asked what they enjoyed the most, the overall experience of performing trumps all else; the feeling of pleasing the crowds and showcasing their ever improving original music. From their own discography, both members appear to favour upbeat crowd-pleasers with Aaron enjoying ‘She’ll Never Know’ and Ben preferring ‘Silhouettes’ and ‘Feeling Cold’. The main focus of the Waterfalls is to continue performing and playing festivals, consistently gaining support and recognition. Additionally, recording and releasing new music is another priority, though an EP is in the further future, they aim to release more singles to music sites such as iTunes and Spotify in the next 6 months.
On the 9th October the band dropped their first single, ‘But That Was Yesterday’, which is available on music streaming apps, with more of their live and acoustic performances that can be viewed on their YouTube channel, ‘The Waterfalls’. Catch them on the 16th and the 30th of December 2017 at the Chinnerys Southend and check out their site http://www.thewaterfalls.net to find out more.