In May 2009, four mates got together and formed Waiting4Andy. Concentrating on Micks home grown songs, and with the addition of talented vocalist, Amber Nicholls, music for all ages was born.
Influences include, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Neil Young and anything with a driving beat.
Mick tends to write cryptically about real life experiences, so songs come from the heart and soul. The band, as a whole, are very conscious of one song not sounding like the last, they work tirelessly at producing their blues and roots music.
With powerhouse vocals, driving rhythm and soaring guitar licks, it's easy to see how Waiting 4 Andy sell out venues, have people cheering for more and receiving rave reviews.
"Since I’ve been trekking round the local scene with my lens there have been few local bands I have enjoyed spending the evening with as much as Waiting 4 Andy. With a wealth of great, and at times diverse, songs and a heap of talent onstage they are a band that manages to deliver the goods whilst never taking themselves too seriously. It’s that sense of fun, which adds another dimension to their performance, and that always manages to spill out into the audience.
Tonight at the Fly Trap they return to a sold out house that bridges the age gap and with a new band member filling out their sound on keys they just may have found that missing ingredient. Tonight they are tight and focussed and lynchpin Mick Parker is working hard, but making it look easy after his recent trek around the north of our beautiful state. Perhaps best of all though tonight is the new material he’s brought back with him.
Tonight we get a real treat two hours plus of the best of the Waiting 4 Andy we know and a whole host of new songs that are in various stages of completion. It’s a pretty brave step to go out live and play a good proportion of the set untested to a large degree. If I have to be honest the results are a little mixed in that some of the new tracks have that instant appeal whilst others you feel may need a little tweak here and there. The quality of the new material though at first listen is undeniable.
Highlights for me tonight were definitely some of the old favourites like ‘The Wild One’ and ‘Quiet’ but I particularly liked new ones like the atmospheric ‘Blue Dust’; ‘Clean to Be Free’; and ‘One Track Minded Man’ as well as a few more I missed the titles of. ‘Jandamarra’ too look s like it could work its way into a bit of a set piece with a little work.
If you haven't had a chance to check out Waiting 4 Andy yet I really suggest that you do. Their music just seems to effortlessly capture that indefinable 'Australianness'. Its blues-based pub rock; and its storytelling at its best. I'd love to think that every State has its own Waiting 4 Andy, but ours of course is the best. Can’t wait for the next time."
Mark Diggins - The Rockpit