Who the hell are JAX and the Wayward?

JAX and the Wayward is powerhouse vocals and quality, hard hitting rock/thumpfunk. The Hobart-based four-piece band features Jacqui ‘JAX’ Smialek on vocals and guitar, Malcolm ‘BAT’ Battersby on guitar, Adrian Hayes on bass, and Tenille ‘TJ’ Johnstone on drums.


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

JAX and the Wayward is raw, driven, gutsy, energetic, and funky.

JAX and the Wayward’s latest 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 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, including a state tour in 2016.

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

JAX and the Wayward are recording new material in the studio, gigging statewide, and are seeking new opportunities to bring their brand of raw, original rock to Mainland Australia and Europe.