American Tragic

by Wax Idols

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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Reissue of critically-acclaimed album on limited edition cassette w/ alternate cover.
    Limited to 100 on purple cassette, signed and numbered. Includes Deborah (Peter Remix) and immediate digital download.


    "the record is a perfectly paced blast of dark pop that deftly reflects Fortune’s growing prowess as a songwriter” - Pitchfork

    "a grim, melodic sweet spot between total bummer and feel-good sing-a-long” FADER

    "Post-punk prodigies" - SPIN

    “Dark, twisted new-wave confessions from a goth goddess” - Rolling Stone

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released January 30, 2017

All songs written & performed by Wax Idols
Recorded at Ruminator Audio in 2015/2015
Produced by Hether Fortune & Monte Vallier
Engineered & Mixed by Monte Vallier
Mastered by Heba Kadry
Remix Mastered by Dan Randall

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Track Name: A Violent Transgression
This is an absolute negativity
A sudden, irrevocable plunge
Into an abyss without memory
Oh, your body is young
The incense of denial
The perfume of the body
Is what we fear what we are?
There are no squares in nature
So don’t create a corner
When the pain starts to burn
I feel it, a scarlet fever
Sitting between two fires
If Death is a sacrifice
Let’s take our own advice
Our desire to annihilate
It’s violent
Desire
It’s violent
Track Name: Lonely You
I had not longed for you in days,
Before this high noon struck me
I had not burned for your watery ways,
Oh not that full-lipped lusting
It was a sorry gilded cage
That bound our hearts together
Now I just want to push the weight
Of you away forever
But here I sit
On this high hill
Wanting for you still
Only you
Lonely you
Love is just a faded dream
That I cannot remember
What once was always, on its knees
Screaming “never, never”
But here I sit
On this high hill
Wanting for you still
Only you
Lonely you
As I exorcise our love’s demise
And think my last thoughts of you in blue
I recall the sand in the palm of your hand
Dust to dust, away with you
Track Name: I'm Not Going
This is a wicked world
Full of crooks and fools and kings
I am a wicked girl
American tragic, twisted magic, poison in my rings
I am soaked in sin
And I am punished for my dreams
They wanna lock me in
Iced and wrapped in moonlight satin
Kept but never seen
It was cold as a war
The sky went black at four
I was hollow-eyed and hopeful,
Like a tunnel with its end in sight
They couldn’t keep me in
I’m not afraid of the light
Cuz I’ve got diamonds in my bones
I can shine alone in the shadow of your darkest night
So I said no
I’m not going down
Now that my love is gone
A hard rain is gonna fall
And I guess I got it wrong
So I roll with the thunder,
Take me under
Wait for god to call
And it’s still cold in the north
But there is a distant shore
I can see it flicker
Like a picture inside myself
I settle in for the night
I don’t need no one else
Cuz I’ve got diamonds in my bones
I can shine alone in the corner of your darkest hell
So I’m saying no
I’m not going down
Track Name: Deborah
A chariot in white
You came to me on a cloud
And like the fading light,
Your love only took me down
Sinking again in deep blue ether
A cruel silence,
My only faithful friend
By now it comes as no surprise
At every beginning I only see the end
I can’t wait til I forget you exist
And dream of nothing, cuz it feels that way
For now you linger, I feel it fading
Flowers wilting, axis tilting
Deborah in her grave
A flash, a blinking eye
Was it all just in my head?
But I’ve no time for a subtle sigh
I’ll exorcise your demon til it’s dead
And I can’t wait til I forget you exist
And dream of nothing, cuz it feels that way
For now you linger, I feel it fading
Flowers wilting, axis tilting
Deborah in her grave
Tell me did you know right from the start
That you were going to break my heart
Had you pegged for a gay boy but you were just a playboy
Started as a fan boy, was it all a plan boy?
Track Name: Goodbye Baby
Goodbye baby
I’ve had enough
I’m sick of dark clouds
I’m sick of love
Goodbye baby
Nail me to the cross
I’ll be a martyr
For this lost cause
Goodbye baby
It’s been fun
You can call me evil
You won’t be the only one
Goodbye baby
I’m not wasting time
I’m taking my heart back
I’m taking what’s mine
So goodbye baby,
Baby, baby bye
I won’t let you hang me out to dry
Goodbye baby
Baby, bye
You know I gave it,
Gave it all I had
I won’t let you turn my good heart bad
Goodbye baby
Baby, bye
It’s not easy
But it’s not so hard
Your shadow will haunt me
Your love will leave a scar
But you see I owe me
More than I owe you
And I’m not a liar
I gotta tell the truth
I’m telling you the truth
Track Name: Glisten
I can glisten
I can forget
I can listen
We never met
The way you laugh, it shook me
Dying to touch it, out of reach
I see you and sigh
I see you and I die
Well, I don’t wanna know why
I can glisten
I can pretend
I can’t listen
I can’t forget
Tapped into eternity
Four-pointed soldier came to me
And sudden as lightening
I watched you slip away
Well, I don’t wanna know why
Track Name: Severely Yours
You know I want you to hurt me
Don’t you tell me that it isn’t right
Lay your burning hands upon me
I’ll stay on my knees tonight
You can be the Marquis tonight
I’m begging please tonight
Baby, big bad dream
He could be mine
He could be my god
Let’s make it disappear
I promise not to make a sound
Like some tethered angel
Lifted straight from the ground
By the fingers in my mouth
Baby, big bad dream
He could be mine
He could be my god
Oh baby, stick with me
Severely yours
I could be your god
His unholy love
I can’t get enough
Track Name: At Any Moment
My body has its limits
These scattered bones
Pulled in all directions
It takes a toll
I tumble down your stairs
Like an avalanche without warning

Waiting for illumination
It never comes
Choking on the elevation
In my lungs
Elation, oh elation
How fickle you are in the morning

Didn’t I tell you this could die?
Didn’t I tell you? Didn’t I?
Didn’t I say I could walk away at any moment?

This unrelenting shadow
Is casting doubt
It wants to carve me til I’m hollow
And snuff me out
It’s a damned if do, damned if I don’t
Ever-after

Your calamity seduced me
And kept me near
Wrapped in subtle forms of sorrow
And laced with fear
But I haven’t any room for more than
My own disaster

Didn’t I tell you this could die?
Didn’t I tell you? Didn’t I?
Didn’t I say I could walk away at any moment?
You fool me once, you won’t fool me twice
I’m not a virgin on the altar of sacrifice
Didn’t I say I could away at any moment?
Track Name: Seraph
Light moves through my head
I endure burning
Shadows will betray you
How could they not?
I see nine mourners
Sockets of silver
Pushing up daisies
And chasing moths
I replenish myself
With youthful lusting
I replenish myself
I’m not nothing
I swear I’ll do anything for love
But is my heart still here?
‘Cause I can’t tell
Parting at the corner,
The fire and the ruin
Sound moves so slowly
Inside the veil
The forms they may alter
The years will fall away
One day, one day
Everything will break
So I replenish myself
With youthful lusting
I replenish myself
I’m not nothing
I swear I’ll do anything for love
But is my heart still here?
‘Cause I can’t tell
If this is my last song, let it be long
I replenish myself
With youthful lusting
I replenish myself
I’m not nothing
I swear I’ll do anything for love
But is my heart still here?
Well is my heart still here?
I’m still burning
(The candle flares at both ends
Light cuts through the darkness
That all-consuming, limitless Nothing
Beckoning me closer and closer still
I tighten my grip on my only defense
This flame, this love of love, my will to live
I’ve transmuted anger, I’ve outdone myself
Spat out the wombs of our mothers
We fight our way through existence
We fuck ourselves into oblivion
We turn and face the night
That’s where we find the light)