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VIDEO: “Scent of Love” (Directed by Hannah Lew of Grass Window)[media][/media] Oakland-based post-punk outfit Wax Idols share the provocative video for “Scent of Love,” directed by Hannah Lew of Grass Widow. In the video, the band’s frontwoman Hether Fortune plays a series of three characters: a prostitute, a gimp and a man. Watch the video over at Noisey.

The group’s new album Discipline & Desire is out now, and can be purchased on iTunes or on CD/LP over at Insound.

Wax Idols will play The New Parish in San Francisco on August 21. The lineup was curated by Hether Fortune, and includes sets by Lie, Cold Beat, Screature and a DJ set by Justin Anastasi (Warm Leatherette). Purchase tickets here.

About Discipline & Desire:

“Essential listening for anyone in a gothic mood.” – Pitchfork

“Wax Idols is the kind of music that Savages don’t quite manage to succeed at making.” – The Guardian 

“Beautiful as it is dark.” – FADER

“A master class in seething, moody songwriting.” – SPIN 

“A rich experience, whirling between emotional extremes.” – eMusic

It seems odd that the four-piece Wax Idols reside in Oakland, California. Especially considering the fact that the band’s sophomore LP Discipline & Desire, out March 26th on Slumberland Records, embodies a dark, full, twisted sound: something that feels more appropriate to the foggy, damp British climate than that of sunny California. But that’s Wax Idols — zigging where other might zag, and always going their own way.

Compared to Wax Idols’ debut LP No Future (a raw, hook-heavy punk effort written and recorded primarily by Fortune in 2010/2011 and released on Chicago’s Hozac Records), Discipline & Desire is more a group effort as the band — Jen Mundy (rhythm guitar/vocals), Amy Rosenoff (bass) and Keven Tecon (drums) — contributed to the recording and writing process. Fortune dedicated herself to this record for over a year and the band were right there with her, playing with pattern, melody and stretching themselves beyond the comfort of unassuming hooks and into a darker, new wave territory. Discipline & Desire was produced and engineered by Monte Vallier (of Half Church and Swell) and co-produced by Fortune. Mark Burgess (of the British outfit The Chameleons) worked alongside Wax Idols & Vallier as an extra pair of ears and even played bass on the album closer “Stay In.” Together they’ve crafted an album that’s sleek and focused without being slick, and dark and intense without being at all humorless.

Discipline & Desire builds on Fortune’s debut full length effort in almost every way, rounding out as a far more complete record. The melodies are stronger, the vocals echoed and haunting, and the playing is at an unflagging level of intensity. First single “Sound of a Void” is a storming, full-throated late night anthem, while “Dethrone” and “When It Happens” shimmer and throb, perfect examples of Wax Idols’ unique take on pop. Slower numbers like “Scent Of Love” and “Elegua” mesmerize and entrance, and the feedback-laced “AD RE:IAN” is nothing short of a masterpiece, punctuated by bursts of special guest Kristin Dylan Edrich’s noise viola. Album closer “Stay In” wraps the up the album perfectly — a mid-tempo melodic gem with a killer bassline and an uncanny balance of melody and atmosphere.

This is an inventive, brilliant record which solidifies the fact that Fortune is one of the bestsongwriters hiding in the shadows of the other California, where the sun doesn’t always shine. But, judging by this fantastic album, she and her Wax Idols won’t be hiding for long.

Tour Dates

8/21 San Francisco, CA – The New Parish *

* = w/ Lie, Cold Beat, Screature, DJ set by Justin Anastasi (Warm Leatherette)

 Wax cover
Wax Idols
Discipline & Desire
(Slumberland Records)
Street Date: Out Now! 

Track List:

1. Stare Back
2. Sound Of A Void
3. When It Happens
4. Formulae
5. Scent Of Love
6. Dethrone
8. Cartoonist
9. Elegua
10. Stay In

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