They had sustained life as a band for over a decade and built up solid followings both at home and overseas. They drew decent crowds to their own shows and dazzled crowds at festivals as big as Bluesfest and the Newport Folk Festival.
But then, in 2003, they released Up All Night. Everything changed.
The album went double platinum. It was nominated for ten ARIA awards and won four of them. 'London Still' was voted number three in the Hottest 100 and quickly went on to become an anthem for Aussie expats and backpackers everywhere.
But there's so much more to The Waifs than that. Across seven records and hundreds of live shows, this band has touched so many people and continues to do so.