No Future by Wax Idols on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wax Idols central figure Hether Fedewa (aka Hether Fortune) has the perfect voice for Wax Idols’ spot-on revival of classic punk. Just girlish enough soften the blows, her delivery veers between blasé punk ennui and a clipped bark you don’t want to argue with. That confident voice stands up solidly to her sparking, saw-toothed guitars and the double blows of a pounding rhythm section. Assisted here by members of fellow Bay Area bands Sic Alps and The Splinters, the Idols’ first long-player is a fast-moving, swaggering ode to early punk, the riot grrrl sound, and the first wave of post-punk. It’s a glorious blend of textures, from the anthemic (“Bad Future”) to the fast and furious (Wire's “Sand in My Joints,” “Dilno”), along with pop-kissed tunes recalling Elastica’s finest moments (“Hitman,” “Dead Like You”). The crazily catchy “Gold Sneakers” throws a little Runaways bubblegum-punk flavor into the party mix for good measure, only to be countered by the corrosive slog of “Human Condition.” No Future is a just-about-perfect modern punk rock record, and there aren’t many of those around.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wax Idols central figure Hether Fedewa (aka Hether Fortune) has the perfect voice for Wax Idols’ spot-on revival of classic punk. Just girlish enough soften the blows, her delivery veers between blasé punk ennui and a clipped bark you don’t want to argue with. That confident voice stands up solidly to her sparking, saw-toothed guitars and the double blows of a pounding rhythm section. Assisted here by members of fellow Bay Area bands Sic Alps and The Splinters, the Idols’ first long-player is a fast-moving, swaggering ode to early punk, the riot grrrl sound, and the first wave of post-punk. It’s a glorious blend of textures, from the anthemic (“Bad Future”) to the fast and furious (Wire's “Sand in My Joints,” “Dilno”), along with pop-kissed tunes recalling Elastica’s finest moments (“Hitman,” “Dead Like You”). The crazily catchy “Gold Sneakers” throws a little Runaways bubblegum-punk flavor into the party mix for good measure, only to be countered by the corrosive slog of “Human Condition.” No Future is a just-about-perfect modern punk rock record, and there aren’t many of those around.

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About Wax Idols

Wax Idols began in 2011 as the solo vehicle for Bay Area musician Heather Fedewa, aka Hether Fortune. Fedewa had been working as musician-around-town in the garage/punk scene, doing time as a member of Hunx & His Punx and Bare Wires for a time, and also actively working with Blasted Canyons at the time of Wax Idols' inception. The band's sound was rooted in punk, but with dark gothic undertones, material recorded mostly by Fedewa alone or with the help of various friends. Wax Idols' debut came in the form of the All Too Human 7" in 2011, followed by the full-length No Future later the same year. By the time of 2013's much darker, post-punk-inspired Discipline + Desire, the project became a full-fledged band featuring guitarist/vocalist Jen Mundy, bassist Amy Rosenoff and drummer Keven Tecon. After spending some of 2014 touring with White Lung, Wax Idols -- now consisting of Fortune and drummer Rachel Travers -- collaborated with producer Monte Vallier on American Tragic, a more polished set featuring Fortune's versions of pop anthems. The album arrived in October 2015 on Collect Records. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    San Francisco , CA
  • FORMED
    2011

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