THE Waifs return to the Coast tomorrow to mark the release of their sixth studio album, Temptation.
The band members have, through their various personal journeys, all ended up living in the US.
So what was once a regular addition to the Aussie Waifs fans calendar, has now become a rare treat.
Celebrating their 19th year together, it is no wonder The Waifs have a string of successes behind them.
The band has multiple ARIA Awards, two live albums, countless festival appearances and have sold over half a million albums.
Vikki Thorn, singer-songwriter, said although she missed Australia she thoroughly enjoyed being a foreigner.
“It’s great being out of your comfort zone,” she said.
“It is a challenge, but it is good for my music.”
In recent years a touring career has played second fiddle to motherhood, relationships and studies.
However music has always remained essential, ongoing and entwined in Vikki’s daily life.
As a result, The Waifs’ new album presents a rich tapestry of melancholy parental laments, gospel pleas, “sweet as summer” love ditties and odes to addiction and marriage.
Temptation is glazed with unmistakable harmonies, driven by all things stringed.
It resembles the band’s earlier style – stripped back – raw and real.
“The great thing about recording so much is you know what works for you,” she said.
“We recorded mostly live – it captures our essence.”
Vikki said she used to be a bit blasé about how her music impacted on people.
But now the songstress sees what an amazing gift she has and how she helps people she has never met, through her music.
“It is amazing people can connect with something so personal as a song I have written,” she said.
The Waifs will be joined by Mama Kin on the East Coast leg of the tour.