News__ Interview with Wax Idols
Front woman, Hether Fortune of the Wax Idols, tells us about the her rigorous stage rules, surviving on tour and her androgynous heroes.
Wax Idols is the brainchild of Hether Fortune, a Bay Area musician who is know for both her musical talent and her relentless, Chrissie Hynde attitude. Fortune (who changed her name with her hair style) said she started Wax Idols, because she kept getting kicked out of other people's projects. "So, I just recorded a bunch of demos, put them on the internet and waited for the fish to bite." And the fish did bite, or rather she caught them--snatching up a band and releasing "All Too Human/William Says" 7 inch on Hozac Records along with some home job cassettes. Wax Idols debut album, No Future, drops this fall. Fresh from tour, we decided to ask the infamous Ms. Fortune a few questions.
Read our interview with Hether Fortune of Wax Idols below.
What is a Wax Idol?
I have no fucking clue, man. Ask Bob Dylan.
What do you love most about touring? What do you hate about it?
I love traveling, meeting new weirdos, eating different food, realizing that people I don't know who I am and like my stupid band, driving (yes, I love driving), inside jokes, losing weight because I'm too stressed/broke to eat too much, playing with bands that I've never heard of that don't suck.
I hate playing with bands I've never heard of that do suck, not having enough personal space, sleeping on floors, band mates that don't carry their own weight (hasn't happened lately), eating gross fast food which is always a mistake, unless it's Taco Bell, but that is usually a mistake too.
What are your top three rules on stage?
No fucking up, no long pauses between songs, no one talks except for me and I don't really say anything.
How do you keep yourself in check when on tour?
I do yoga whenever I can, don't do drugs unless they're free, count to ten before I yell at someone and make sure I get at least 30 minutes of alone time per day.
If you could only bring five items on tour what would they be and why?
Assuming the clothes on my back don't count, I'd say underwear that never gets dirty, obviously, a giant water bottle, Christian Death "Only Theatre of Pain" cassette, obviously, my phone and a sleeping bag, so, duh, I can sleep.
How do you prepare for a show?
Do some stretches, put on eyeliner, pop a Valium and cross my fingers.
What bands are you really into these days?
Total Control, Southern Death Cult, Nu Sensae, Wire, Buzzcocks, Tamaryn, Christian Death, Weekend, Wipers, The Slits, Terry Malts, Felt, Television Personalities and White Lung (not to kiss your ass, but seriously).
What is the best tactic for trying to make-out on tour?
"Look man, I really don't want to sleep on a floor tonight."
Dude! That was the best line! How do fashion and music come together in your world?
The way things look has always been pretty important to me. I don't really try to look a certain way, but I love clothes. I can't help it. I guess worlds collide on stage in both photo and video.
How did you learn to write such amazing pop songs?
Ha! I guess I'm a natural? Wait, you think my songs are "amazing"? Honestly, I have no idea how I learned to do anything. Determination, I suppose. I've been focused on music for as long as I can remember. The kid version of me would totally idolize the person that I am today, and that makes me really happy.
Is it important for women to have female idols? Who do you look up to?
Absolutely. Growing up, I didn't have very many obvious female idols. I was definitely more drawn to male artists and I have no idea why. A lot of them were pretty androgynous, guys like David Bowie, Jimmy Page, Robert Smith. But looking back, my mother was hugely influential and thank Godness for that! Unfortunately, the more dominant side of the family I was raised in (until I was about 12 and my mom divorced out of said family) didn't really celebrate women for anything other than cooking and giving birth. Nowadays, I really admire women like Patti Smith and Lydia Lunch. Strong, brilliant, intense women who weren't afraid to take risks and do whatever the fuck they wanted to do. Then there are all of my female peers, Tamaryn, you, Andrea from Nu Sensae, Shannon Shaw of Shannon & The Clams, my friend Hayden who can do pretty much anything and do it better than anyone else. Also, the drummer for Grass Window is fucking incredible. I could go on and on. Women!What were you like as a child?
According to my mom I was really good! Well-mannered, intelligent, sensitive, a bit of a tomboy because I grew up with five brothers. I had a pretty rough childhood, so the fact that I was such a "good kid" is kind of confusing to me. That all changed when I hit my teen years, naturally. I actually wasn't that bad as a teenager. I mean yeah, I hated my parents, refused to wash my hair, snuck out, smoked weed, got drunk, moved out when I was 16, etc. etc. But I still did well in school. I graduated early with a pretty high GPA. I had a job. Whatever.
What can we expect from Wax Idols?
A bazillion records (unless I die suddenly), a US tour with Terry Malts this fall. That's all I have right now! I can barely keep track of everything I'm doing tomorrow, let alone months and years to come.