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Photo by Matt Licari

 

Hether Fortune’s third album American Tragic from her project Wax Idols embraces raw emotional vulnerability with powerful authority in its nine-track glory. Call it post-punk, call it goth, call it synth-pop, no matter how you spin it, Fortune entwines musical threads from a range of genres and influences to create a sound that’s uniquely intimate and feels both modern and nostalgic. From her recent divorce to working through personal health issues, Fortune also questions sexism and gender privilege in her lyrics, particularly with her track “Deborah”. In an interview with Vice, she states that “[t]his song is a big ‘fuck you’ […] specifically to straight cis men who take advantage of women and queer culture by posing as ‘one of us’ and then consuming our identities and ideas in order to make themselves seem more interesting.”

 

 

Wax Idols aren’t one to stick to the same formula; stemming from early garage-rock beginnings to layered guitar licks and now moving towards minimal instrumentals and an emphasis on vocals, Fortune consistently pushes herself to move away from stereotypical pop structures and instead venture to unexplored territory. The band is busy working on their next album which will feature the entire current live band with drummer Rachel Travers, bassist Marisa Prietto and guitarist Peter Wallner (who also plays in his own music project, Whisper). Wax Idols has currently embarked on a month-long tour through the states – you can catch them tonight in Los Angeles, CA, at The Echo with Pentagram and King Woman as well as in the following cities:


25-May – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
26-May – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory *
27-May – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge *
28-May – San Jose, CA – The Ritz *
31-May – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry +
1-Jun – Chicago, IL – Subterranean +
2-Jun – Detroit, MI – El Club +
3-Jun – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose +
5-Jun – Allston, MA – Great Scott +
7-Jun – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle +
8-Jun – Washington DC – Songbyrd DC +
9-Jun – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter +
10-Jun – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 +
11-Jun – Atlanta, GA – The EARL +
12-Jun – New Orleans, LA – Siberia +
14-Jun – Dallas, TX – Red Blood Club +
15-Jun – Austin, TX – Mohawk +
17-Jun – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress +
18-Jun – Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar +

*with Pentagram and King Woman
+with King Woman

 

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Photo by Matt Ware