Combined, the lads of Brisbane punk-rock band The Way We Were have played everything from metal to motown, disco to jazz, and indie to psychobilly. Having all started out in various punk bands in the 1990s and early 2000s, they’ve returned to their punk roots with The Way We Were.
Wasting no time since forming last year, the band has already achieved some cool things. They’ve opened for Born Lion, played alongside The Strums and Black Heart Breakers, and just a few weeks ago released their self-titled debut EP.
Produced in Brisbane, and mastered in the USA, their first record contains five ballsy, punk-rock tunes that cover everything from love, to problems with teenage alcoholism.
“Recording our debut EP and seeing people respond to the music has been a massive highlight for us so far. We wanted to create a fun, uplifting punk-rock album that really captures who we are as artists and we’re very happy with the end result,” said guitarist Adam Goeldner.
While the band has received great support so far, like many other up-and-coming artists, one of the biggest challenges they face is trying to get their music out to a wider audience.
“Getting your band to stand out from everyone else is a challenge. The internet is a bit of a double edged sword. Everyone has the ability to upload music which is great, but the downside is it’s easy for your tracks to get lost amongst everything else that’s out there,” said drummer Josh Jensen.
“For us, success is playing the music we love and having everyone who hears it love it as much as we do.”
In 2016, the band are looking forward to playing more shows around Brisbane as well as travelling further afield to play gigs interstate. They also have plans to go back into the studio to record some new music which they’re eager to share with fans.