Who the hell are JAX and the Wayward?

JAX and the Wayward is powerhouse vocals and hard rock with a touch of funk. The Hobart-based band features Jacqui ‘JAX’ Smialek on vocals and guitar, Malcolm ‘BAT’ Battersby on guitar, Tenille ‘TJ’ Johnstone on drums, and Jesse White on bass.

Jax’s vocal delivery has been likened to Janis Joplin, Beth Hart, and Dolores O’Riordan.

JAX and the Wayward’s last offering, PUSH, was released worldwide on August 18, 2017. The six track EP features a bonus track with guest artist George Begbie on piano.

Career highlights include opening for Reece Mastin’s Launceston and Hobart shows of his Suitcase of Stories Tour 2018, opening for Spiderbait on the Hobart date of their sold out Ivy & the Big Apples tour 2017, opening for Icehouse on one of their 2016 Hobart tour dates, placing third nationally in the Global Battle of the Bands Australia in 2016, multiple music festivals, and supports for several Tasmanian and interstate bands and agency bands, including a state tour in 2016.

JAX and the Wayward played across three stages at Falls Music & Arts Festival 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2018/19, and 2019/20 in Marion Bay, Festival of King Island 2017 and 2020, and headlined the Adventure Bay Blues & Roots Festival 2016.

JAX and the Wayward’s last single, ‘Chunky’, was released as a video in 2019 and is set to feature on their forthcoming new album. They’re looking forward to getting back to the studio to continue recording their forthcoming album, another music video release, some sweet new merch, and hitting the road for an Australian tour.

Stay safe everyone, and we’ll see you soon!

~Jax, Bat, TJ & Jesse xx