Wax Idols - Podcast | American Tragic
Hether Fortune of Wax Idols chats about American Tragic, predatory people, divorce, anxiety and depression, her new label, future with White Lung, and more.
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Story behind the Hether Fortune Podcast:
Wax Idols’ singer-songwriter, Hether Fortune, has experienced a tumultuous few years since her last release. She supported the 2013 album as best she could, spent some time in 2014 as a touring player in White Lung, went through a heartbreaking divorce, and then sat down to make American Tragic – the band’s long-awaited third album and first for Collect Records.
To say that American Tragic is simply a break-up album is to sell short an idea that Fortune has been playing with over the entire arc of Wax Idols’ discography, and that is the notion that personhood is neither fixed nor consistent: We can be independent and attached, in need of discipline and desire, or even fully autonomous with a little bit of help. As Fortune points out here, even America, for all its symbolism and mythic value, also rests in tragedy.
This is not only a deeply personal record, but a chiefly independent one: As a songwriter and true multi-instrumentalist, Fortune wrote and recorded everything but the drums on American Tragic — a feat only bolstered by the album’s compelling performances and meticulous execution, but a little known fact nonetheless. Co-produced by Fortune and Monte Vallier, the only other player on this record is drummer Rachel Travers.
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