Now, if you’ve been frequenting this site over the past couple of years, you’ve likely come across a handful of posts featuring the work of Wax Idols — and as a result, you might recall that after the release of the band’s 2013 critically applauded album Discipline + Desire, the band went on a bit of a hiatus as the band’s primary songwriter and frontman Hether Fortune spent time as a touring member of the equally acclaimed punk rock/indie rock act and JOVM mainstay White Lung, and went through a heartbreaking divorce, which informed much of the material on the band’s third, full-length effort American Tragic. And although the material off American Tragic is clearly informed by one of the saddest and difficult personal experiences of Fortune’s life, as Fortune explained in press notes about the album, “the sis not an entirely sad album. The whole spectrum of grief is represented here — shock, pain, anger, loneliness, and then finding a way to work through all of that and not only survive, and thrive. That‘s what I was going through. I was kind of trying to save myself.”
Fortune wrote and recorded every note on the album and it gives the entire album and its single a deeply personal vision and point of view in which the heartbreak at the core of a single like “Lonely You” is hauntingly visceral — especially if you’ve gone through the slow dissolution and breakup of a long-term romantic relationship, including the sensation of being haunted by the ghosts of a relationship that has just ended, the push and pull between what was once known and the unknown as you attempt to piece your life together. Sonically, that song was reminiscent of 80s New Wave — in particular Concrete Blonde and Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as Too True-era Dum Dum Girls.
Interestingly, 2017 may be one of the biggest years for the band yet, as the band’s critically applauded American Tragic will be reissued both digitally and limited released purple cassette tape through the band’s own label Etruscan Gold Records on March 10, 2017 — and the reissue will include a remix of “Deborah” by the band’s Peter Lightning. The band will then follow the re-issue of American Tragic with the release of their fourth full-length effort Happy Ending slated for release later on this year; however, the band has released that album’s first single “Everybody Gets What They Want” and will be touring across North America to support both the American Tragic re-issue and Happy Ending. The tour will include a NYC area date at Brooklyn Bazaar on March 29th — and you can check out the tour dates below.
In the meantime, American Tragic‘s single “Deborah” is a brooding, New Wave-leaning sound that much like “Lonely You” sounds like it’s been influenced by the likes of Concrete Blonde and Siouxsie and the Banshees, as the song is a brooding and atmospheric song in which Fortune’s plaintive vocals are paired with shimmering guitar chords, four-on-the-floor drumming, gentle layers of buzzing and ethereal synths and a sinuous bass line, and a spoken word-like bridge, while Fortune’s lyrics focuses on character, who is reeling from heartache and can’t figure out what to do next or how to move on — directly from the perspective of the song’s Deborah.
Filmed by producer Omar Acosta of Stretch and Bobbito fame, the recently released video for “Deborah” features footage of the band performing “Deborah” and other songs during sets in Oakland, CA and Los Angeles CA.
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*
* = supporting Thursday, Touché Amoré, Basement
† = w/ Pop1280, Decorum