“It lives in a grim, melodic sweet spot between total bummer and feel-good sing-a-long, with a hook that sounds better suited for fits-pumping post-trauma than wallowing in the thick of it.” - The Fader
“Despite the conscientious production and silvery veneer of American Tragic, the record at hand is raw and incredibly open, not unlike Fortune herself.” - Noisey
"While the sound of the band (mostly Fortune herself) is polished, like a black pearl, Fortune’s lyrics are often raw, and the emotions seem pretty close to the surface." - John Schaefer, WNYC
"Post-punk prodigies" - SPIN
Wax Idols have announced North American tour dates with the recently-reunited Thursday, a strong and vital pairing of groups both known for their unparalleled live performances and unique personal voices. Those voices are raised together in the current political climate, with two ultimatums: dethrone them all, and provide care and compassion for those who need it most.The upcoming tour will kick off on March 28 in Boston at House Of Blues and will make stops in major cities such as Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles and includeds a Wax Idols headlining show at Brooklyn Bazaar. The dates with Thursday will also include performances by Touché Amoré and Basement.
About the tour, Wax Idols' Hether Fourtune says:
I started going to punk/hardcore shows when I was around 13. I saw Thursday every time they played within a 200 mile radius of my rural home in Michigan for years. My consistent & devoted presence at their shows made an impact I guess, because when I reached out to Geoff years later as an adult he remembered me. We formed a friendship & he in turn became a fan of this band. Geoff and I have a uniquely powerful bond that has seen us both through many seasons of life. I feel truly honored to know him and to have the opportunity to play to Thursday audiences — the very same audience I grew up in.
Wax Idols’ critically-acclaimed album, American Tragic, is reissued digitally and will be released on March 10 with limited edition alternate cover on purple cassette via the band’s label Etruscan Gold Records.The reissue, which can be pre-ordered at Bandcampincludes an exclusive remix of"Deborah" from the band’s own Peter Lightning.
Today Noisey has an exclusive premiere of the official video for "Deborah" from American Tragic. The video was filmed in Oakland and Los Angeles produced by Omar Acosta (Stretch and Bobbito) who says, "It was great working with Hether and the rest of band. A true storyteller, each of her pieces have power behind them with a deep narrative you can feel within your soul. We wanted to stay away from the traditional glossy music video opting instead to captivate the energy at actual shows. it appears as if viewed through the eyes of a roadie or a stage-hand. The single, 'Deborah,' is real with meaning and story that is featured throughout the tour setting a foundation for more to come."
Wax Idols are a four-piece based out of Oakland, CA; their sound calls on the mutated aesthetics of varying strains of post-punk (songwriting elements from darkwave and Factory/Rough Trade pioneers, as well as the complex interplay and emotion of post-hardcore), without carbon-copying those who made these maps. Hether Fortune's powerful voice as the songwriter, arranger, producer singer and guitarist is at the center, but this makes no other member of the band a replaceable element. Their work together is what makes Wax Idols' energy these days so vital.
The band’s recent single, “Everybody Gets What They Want,” is taken from their forthcoming (and fourth) album Happy Ending, set to be released later this year. Happy Ending is a concept album exploring the posthumous consciousness of a fictional protagonist who can still fully perceive the world around herself. “In a grave, just for you,” Fortune sings with a certain slyness, exploring the abstraction & finality of death from both philosophical and personal perspectives. She also sees this album as a way to process increasing anxieties & fear within the current sociopolitical landscape. This dual theme of political anxiety and personal experience is one Fortune began exploring in seriousness on Wax Idols’ critically-acclaimed third album, American Tragic, which Pitchfork proclaimed “smartly unpacks a pretty universal experience—the sadness, nostalgia, and occasional euphoria involved in letting go of something you once cared about, even when it desperately hurts.”
Wax Idols Tour Dates:
02.11: San Francisco, CA @ Chapel [Let It Bleed Benefit] 03.28: Boston, MA @ House of Blues* 03.29: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar† 03.30: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia* 03.31: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring* 04.01: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte* 04.02: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues* 04.04: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade* 04.05: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works* 04.07: Houston, TX @ House of Blues* 04.08: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues* 04.10: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee* 04.11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern* 04.12: Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre*
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