When I was leaving a party at the Rendezvous Grotto last year, I passed the upstairs theater and got totally sucked into the last two songs of a set by Wax Idols from Oakland. I ended up buying their amazing debut record, No Future and it was one of my most beloved new music finds of 2012. Since they are about to release a new record in March, I dug up six hot facts about the Wax Idols:
1.) The band is the brainchild of frontwoman/songwriter Hether Fortune who plays almost every instrument on No Future, and band name is a reference to the wax-colored Christs that glow in the dark from the Bob Dylan song "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding.)"
2.) In one interview, she says that she was dropped from Hunx and His Punx for being "too serious," and she refuses to let band members drink, do drugs, or talk onstage.
3.) The band released and quickly sold out of their their Schadenfreude 7" on vanguard Seattle label Suicide Squeeze.
4.) One of her goals is to become good friends with Marilyn Manson, because she thinks they'd end up being "really good friends."
5.) Hether Fortune created a a zine called "Orgazm Addict" about her gig as a working dominatrix, and her tweets about her job can be pretty amazing.
6.) They have a video directed by the brilliant Hannah Lew (also the drummer of Grass Widow)
Wax Idol's second album Discipline & Desire will be out March 26 on Slumberland Records!