Sunday, September 9th, 2018
The Empty Bottle
$12 // 21+WAX IDOLSWe've been fans of WAX IDOLS, the primary project of Oakland-based songstress HETHER FORTUNE, ever since the release of her raw, dirgey debut LP No Future, out on HoZac in 2011. A four-piece based out of Oakland, CA; their sound calls on the mutated aesthetics of varying strains of post-punk (songwriting elements from darkwave and Factory/Rough Trade pioneers, as well as the complex interplay and emotion of post-hardcore) and classic pop-rock hooks, without carbon-copying those who made these maps. HETHER FORTUNE's powerful voice (as songwriter, arranger, producer, singer and guitarist) is at the center, but this makes no other member of the band a replaceable element. Their work together is what makes WAX IDOLS’ energy so vital.Forged in Richmond, Virginia the dark post-punk quartet SHADOW AGE shimmer brightly towards their first Bottle performance. Gloomy, yet romantic, the east coast squadron takes enormous cues from 80s darkwave as they blend moody post-punk with dreamy guitars and crisp percussion. With soaring choruses soaked in reverb, propulsive rhythmic break-downs and haunting ethereal vocals, SHADOW AGE is the real deal for all things darkwave.