EWAH is based in Hobart, Tasmania. EWAH is the moniker for Emma Waters, who has appeared under various guises over the years. Her current projects are dreamy electro post-punk outfit EWAH DUO and EWAH & The Vision of Paradise, whose sound is often cited as cinematic, merging post-punk and new wave.
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise’ debut release, Everything Fades to Blue captured attention nationally and internationally and was longlisted for the Australian Music Prize (The AMP) 2017.
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise have played at festivals including Mona Foma, Party in the Paddock, A Festival Called Panama, Dark Mofo, BIGSOUND and Junction Arts Festival.
In 2017 they won the National Live Music Awards for Best Live Act Tasmania and were nominated again in 2019.
After taking time out over winter 2019 to put the final touches on album two, they’re back with the first taste of their upcoming album, due later in 2020.
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Before her life in EWAH DUO and The Vision of Paradise, EWAH was based in Melbourne and performed with E-wah Lady & The Open Road. For many years prior to that she performed solo, primarily producing DIY recordings such as experimental album GOSPEL DANCE in 2010.
In 2010 E-wah took home the APRA Darebin Songwriters’ Award for a capella song When You’re Down & Out.
“The post-apocalyptic imagery showcases often under-utilised raw and ravaged Australiana, in all its run ragged beauty, with a stillness, respect and empathy rarely depicted in the lens of the nation’s consciousness, for art’s sake or otherwise.” Broaderlines. Read the full exposé
“Now starting to create some serious buzz outside of the Hobart hometown, EWAH And The Vision of Paradise are back in 2019 with ‘Cannibals’. The Music Network. Read the full review.
“Lead singer and guitarist EWAH is a captivating performer who plays a twangy semi-acoustic guitar that is steeped in swampy southern blues, reminding me of The Cramps’ Poison Ivy, or The Duchess, who played with Bo Diddley.” Dave Faulkner, The Saturday Paper Read the full feature
EWAH writes about her influences for Undertow Issue 3 Read it here
“Every aspect coheres into a whole – from the dusky cover art of clouds and mountains to the frontier sprawl of tremolo-heavy guitars and crescendos swelled by synthesiser. Songs brood and build into lush, long outros, some of them satisfyingly loud.” Kate Hennessy, The Guardian Read the full feature
“… epic post-punk with a scope as wide as the Australian skyline.” When You Motor Away Read the full review
“Incorporating the music’s thin fragility to the wicked grit of their themes and delicate new-wave-meets-tough-desert-rock sound, the album balances between darkness and light throughout its entirety…” destroy//exist Read the full review
“A dark and smouldering track with the spark of PJ Harvey and the swampiness of Beasts Of Bourbon. EWAH & The Vision Of Paradise are just another band making us realise that Hobart is going through a real musical purple patch.” Dan Condon, Double J Read the full feature
“Tasmanian solo artist Ewah has a new single called ‘Superstition or Love’. It’s elegant and leisurely at the surface with plenty of emotions brewing below.” Augustus Welby, Mixdown Mag Read the full feature
“….. attention-grabbing, honest and unique”. BEAT Magazine Read the full review
“E-wah Lady makes stuff go, with her excellent command of tunes and what sounds like quite a mature and realistic view of life.” David Nichols Read the full review