While each album they record - from 1996’s self-titled debut to 2003’s acclaimed Up All Night - finds The Waifs maturing as writers and performers, it is on the concert stage that they truly connect with their audience. At last, this connection is documented on the 2CD set, A Brief History... Consisting of 31 live songs recorded over the past four years and a bonus studio version of the concert favorite "Bridal Train." A Brief History... is imbued with all the energy, charisma, and earthy soul that have won the Waifs new fans from their native Australia to America, and beyond. Along with their sly, poignant original tunes, A Brief History... boasts covers of Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, who hand picked the band to open for him on his 2003 North Amerian tour. In addition to "Bridal Train" and the above covers, A Brief History... includes stunning versions of Up All Night’s two singles "London Still" and "Lighthouse" and favorites from throughout their career. Essential for both longtime fans and newcomers, A Brief History... perfectly captures the offhand charm and bluesy soul of Australia’s most successful independent band.
"The Waifs have a nice, easy country/folk/rock edge with an Oz identity and quirky, self deprecating lyrics." - MOJO
"Intimate, heartfelt songs that move at the speed of a road trip." - Rollingstone.com