Wax Idols’ ‘Discipline + Desire’ Is So Good It Hurts

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Heather Fortune doesn’t keep things bottled up. The front woman of Oakland, Calif.’s Wax Idols overshares incessantly — she’s up-front online about her work as a dominatrix and recently announced her nuptials via Twitter — and doesn’t shy away from the sort of things that make most up-and-coming musicians clam up.

Sure, she’s had problems with her band, she says, and sometimes people don’t like her. But what’s most refreshing about Fortune, and the band she fronts, which released its second full-length, Discipline + Desire, yesterday, is the way honesty creeps — or sometimes loudly gnashes its way — into the driving, shadowy songs Fortune creates.

“People would compare me to Best Coast and I’d be, like, are you kidding me? I don’t write songs about my fucking cat.”

“I’ve been hugely influenced by a lot of darker music — not any specific genre or era — but the darker aspects of life have bled into my art,” Fortune, in the Midwest for a high-school friend’s funeral, says. “My life has been pretty fucked up in a lot of ways, so it brings me a certain amount of comfort.”

There are the inevitable comparisons to Siouxsie Sioux or 45 Grave or any other female-fronted band with a taste for the macabre, but Fortune’s quick to dismiss being indebted to any one inspiration.

“I think everybody hears what he wants to hear and music clicks with everyone differently,” she says of attempts to pigeonhole her sound. “People would compare me to Best Coast and I’d be, like, are you kidding me? I don’t write songs about my fucking cat. I am never trying to do anything but make a record that I like and that feels right to me. That’s all I care about.”

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