WAX IDOLS is the brainchild of Hether Fedewa, and this cassette is her first official release. Coming later down the road is a 7″ from Hozac Records, and although we still have some time until that hits the shelves, this little gem here requires a head start on your attention.
Hailing from Oakland, CA, Fedewa is the head-honcho behind the music, taking credit for the writing and recording of the songs. Filling out the rest of the band is Ashley Thomas on guitar and vocals, Paul Keelan on bass, and Courtney Gray on drums. Most of these songs, however, sound like they were recorded from the comfort of Fedewa’s bedroom, which is probably accurate for the most part (also, the fact that I had to rip the music directly from the cassette tape definitely throws half the quality out the window, but we’ll manage). And although still young, Wax Idols didn’t just stem up out of nowhere. Fedewa went through a few other notable California bands that might catch your eye, including Hunx and His Punx and Bare Wires, before finally “settling down” with Wax Idols. This might also allude to the unsettling nature of this cassette, because Fedewa herself doesn’t ever seem to slow down.
As for the four songs included here on this tape, let’s just say there’s definitely something worth hearing, because these fuzzy songs have an inexplicable ability to bury themselves deep in your brain. You WILL want to hear these songs again and again, and maybe even a third time. It’s hard to say exactly why that is, but it certainly has something to do with the sheer honesty and genuineness that Fedewa offers in her charming approach. Underneath all that hissy tape scuzz lies something utterly delightful, which would be summed up best by the track “All Too Human”, or the sunny “Batcave”, which features Germany’s Hanoi Janes.
For some added proof of that, see these lyrics here. One of the first words to come to mind should be ‘honesty’ after a quick read through, but it doesn’t stop there. So whether it’s the lo-fi weirdness, the lovely girl pop charm, or the undeniable pop sensibility, there’s bound to be something to catch your ear. Stay tuned for the Hozac 7″ as well – it’ll be here soon enough.
All Too Human –
My Rating: 8/10
Genre/ Tags: Noise Rock, Pop, Lo-Fi
All Too Human Cassette: Tracklist:
1.) All Too Human
2.) Gooey Gooey
3.) Baby Come Closer