The song is a boppy, poppy nugget of New Zealand-style garage rock, its lo-fi production adding grit to the bouncy rhythms and sugar-sweet vocal melodies.
It was recorded along with the new album at Montreal's Bottle Garden studio with Peter Woodford, and the credits note that it was subsequently "fucked up" back home in Toronto by singer-guitarist J.E.S. It was mastered by Jay Arner.
Hear "Waiting Here" below.
Tough Age confirmed in a message to Exclaim! that "Waiting Here" won't be on the band's upcoming fourth album. Previously, Tough Age tweeted that their album was supposed to be called Everyday Life until Coldplay used that same album title (see below).
Tough Age also compared the album to Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Tarkus — perhaps indicating that it features an extended song-suite on one half and a handful of shorter tracks on the other.
Additionally, Tough Age recently contributing to a new cassette comp from rock music newsletter Some Party. Under the Circumstances Volume 1 includes the 2017 EP track "'Surf Music'" and a previously unreleased cover of Wire's "The 15th."
Tough Age's new album will be their first since 2017's Shame.
Think our new record successfully continues my career trajectory of mirroring the evolution of The Feelies but with less Beatles covers— Tough Age (@toughage) October 29, 2019
Just realized the sequencing of our new album is a reverse-Tarkus pic.twitter.com/G6l1WHzhTX— Tough Age (@toughage) December 28, 2019
LP4 underway ✌️ pic.twitter.com/RJYlSOdLlA— Tough Age (@toughage) October 21, 2019
New album's done 🦑— Tough Age (@toughage) October 25, 2019