Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


Sounds like

My Bloody Valentine, The Breeders, Garbage, Grouper, Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, The Pixies , PJ Harvey


band members

Julia Wylie - songwriter, guitar, bass Kat Ayala (Hayley Mary) - guitar Sarah Fenn (Le Pie) - drums


Influences

Witches, psych wards, Kim Gordon, PJ Harvey, Peaches, Patti Smith , Hinds, Chastity Belt, Yo La Tengo, Grimes, the list could go on


Unearthed artists we like

Le Pie, pool shop, Major Leagues


Website

linktr.ee/juliawhy

Bio

Waiting for Time to be released 16 February 2021

Space echoes ricochet across deadpan vocals, yearning for impossible touch that's separated by oceans and timezones. Waiting For Time is a romantic introduction to Julia Why?'s new collection of stargaze songs, written across London, Paris and Athens at the dawn of COVID19.

Out 16 February 2021, Waiting For Time is her first release since 2019's album 'Hysteria' and is one of many results from an artist residency and 8 months abroad. With life plans cut short by COVID-19, Julia finished this series of tracks in Sydney working closely with a producer for the first time - Ben Moore of Harvest Recordings (whose work can be heard on the records of Moaning Lisa, Le Pie, Leonardo's Bride, among others.)

Written by Julia Wylie, recorded, mixed and co-produced with Ben Moore, featuring Kat Ayala (guitar) and Sarah Fenn-Lavington (drums).

JuliaWhy? has toured extensively throughout Australia and Canada, won triple j Unearthed and played alongside some of her favourites including Tropical Fuck Storm, Waxahatchee, Hinds, Hatchie, Jade Imagine and Major Leagues.

The enduring quality of JuliaWhy? is unpretentious, clever and honest songwriting that is both beautiful and brutal. Wylie manages to write songs worth crying over and dancing to, while maintaining a political, anti-patriarchal message throughout. Julia draws inspiration from the stars, space and time; the mind and it’s ability to lift us up and take us down; the world - it’s pain and beauty.

The Guardian: “For fans of the Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive. Halfway through this MBV-indebted slice of cloud-skipping shoegaze, a surprising one-liner comes out of nowhere and slaps the listener across the face."

FBi Radio: "With alt rock cred, attention grabbing melodies and real pathos, Julia Why? have made a habit out of inspiring awe–both live and on record–and it’s earned them some serious airtime on FBi Radio."

2SER: “JuliaWhy? is the axe slinging femme fatale that we were all in dire need of.”

“What it comes down to is infectious and fantastic songs. They’re short knockouts that scrape away bullshit, and replace it with the kind of delirious, fuzzy pop that put Karen O and Sleater-Kinney on the map” - Ryan Saar, Fbi Radio/Soundly Sounds

CONTACT:

juliawhymusic@gmail.com

https://www.instagram.com/juliawhymusic

Unearthed in 2014

NIDA Video Clips

30 Mar 2014

Winner

Julia Why?

Julia Why?

Congratulations to our 7 NIDA winners!

Congrats to Loose Change, Coin Banks, Jasia, Halcyon Drive, Julia Why?, Zack Buchanan, and Rosie Catalano who've each won a video clip for their track.

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Review

Waiting For Time

Julia Why?

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

02 Mar 2021

Triple J
35

This band always gets it right when delving into the past for inspiration. The latest from Julia Why? is all about that enveloping slow burn reminiscent of Slowdive and other late 80s/early 90s shoegaze acts.

This band always gets it right when delving into the past for inspiration. The latest from Julia Why? is all about that enveloping slow burn reminiscent of Slowdive and other late 80s/early 90s shoegaze acts.

Review

Holden On

Julia Why?

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

21 Aug 2019

Triple J
35

I'm a favour of vocal layers at the best of times but the lyrical contrast and the sharpness of the backing vocals really adds some punch. Soaring dream pop done well.

I'm a favour of vocal layers at the best of times but the lyrical contrast and the sharpness of the backing vocals really adds some punch. Soaring dream pop done well.

Review

Holden On

Julia Why?

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

20 Aug 2019

Triple J
40

all my next door neighbours are going to hear is me blaring this rising, beautiful beast on repeat.

all my next door neighbours are going to hear is me blaring this rising, beautiful beast on repeat.