Happy Ending

by Wax Idols

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brethelm Musicians can work a lifetime and never achieve writing that 1 great song. Wax Idol's Hether Fortune & co. wrote 5 of them on Happy Ending. "Crashing," "Scream," "Belong," "Heaven Knows" & "Mausoleum" are songs that you'll have playing in your car 3 years from now on a roadtrip with a friend & they'll be like "Who is this?!" "Scream" - I have headphones on as I'm writing this. Go on and listen with me. At the 2:45 mark, doesn't that emotional outpouring of Dylan Thomas give you goosebumps? Damn. Favorite track: Scream.
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steveinsocal "...Neatly seguing with 2015's "American Tragic", this album sees the band develop their complex expansive, post-punk sound interwoven with dark, gothic undertones which heighten the brooding, disquieting, semi-autobiographical lyrics..."

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Favorite track: Mausoleum.
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about

"Wax Idols' fourth and forthcoming album 'Happy Ending' is an exploration of the abstraction and finality of death from philosophical, political, and personal perspectives. The painting on the cover of a figure mourning is by Oakland artist Lena Gustafson, whose work focuses on what she has described as “how memories are stored in the body.” Fortune says the band picked her to create the art because her work is “post-body, which has a lot to do with what our album is about.”

The dual theme of political anxiety and personal experience is one Fortune began exploring in seriousness on Wax Idols’ third album, 'American Tragic', which Pitchfork proclaimed “smartly unpacks a pretty universal experience—the sadness, nostalgia, and occasional euphoria involved in letting go of something you once cared about, even when it desperately hurts.” 'American Tragic' was reissued in 2017 on the band’s label Etruscan Gold Records. The group also decided to self-release 'Happy Ending' on Etruscan Gold.

Wax Idols’ lineup on this new record is founder and frontperson Hether Fortune (vocals, guitar, bass, organ) with Peter Lightning (guitar, bass, organ, piano), Rachel Travers (drums), and Marisa Prietto (bass, backing vocals). Since the album’s completion, Bay Area musician Greer McGettrick (formerly of The Mallard) has joined the band on bass. Happy Ending was recorded in 2017 at Ruminator Audio in San Francisco, CA and produced by Fortune, Lightning, and Monte Vallier."

credits

released May 14, 2018

All songs written, arranged & performed by Wax Idols

Hether Fortune: vocals, guitar, bass, organ
Peter Lightning: guitar, bass, organ, piano
Marisa Prietto: bass, backing vocals
Rachel Travers: drums

Produced by Hether Fortune, Peter Lightning & Monte Vallier
Engineered & mixed by Monte Vallier
Recorded in San Francisco, CA at Ruminator Audio, 2017-2018
Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters
Art by Lena Gustafson
Layout by Shaun Durkan

© Etruscan Gold Records 2018

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Track Name: Heaven Knows
Through the horror
That you've attached to me
What's hidden there beneath
The deception of your smiling face
I see
Things you could never see
Hear whispers on the breeze
No redemption here, so graceless

I went looking
For ways to kill the time
Something that's locked inside
But you broke into my mind

And heaven knows
What you've done
Still you think
That you've won
The angels know
You by name
And they hang their heads in shame
Cuz heaven knows

Hail, Narcissus in a pond
Reflection is turning green
Take your bitter, blackened heart
Far away from me
You & all the snakes you charm
Hissing at my door -
Find another witch to burn
Cuz I've been here before

And heaven knows
What you've done
Still you think
That you've won
The angels know
You by name
And they hang their heads in shame
Cuz heaven knows

The angels know
You by name
And they hang
Their heads in shame

Heaven knows
Heaven knows
Heaven knows
Heaven knows
Track Name: Too Late
Bury your head beside the truth
It's the only way to kill the pain
How lost you are, how deeply scarred
Standing silent in the rain
And it's cold, it's cold
It's cold as hell
Wrap your arms around yourself
Take a bow
Walk away

No words can save your hollow soul
No emotions left to borrow
No one can fill that gaping hole
No sun will come tomorrow
No deals to make at heaven's gate
No turning back
It's too late

Alone at the end and all along
Your days were wasted on obsession & pain
Don't you wish you knew?
It was lost to you
And there's no one left to take the blame
Adrift between the earth & sky
The sun is setting on your life
Take a bow
Walk away

No words can save your hollow soul
No emotions left to borrow
No one can fill that gaping hole
No sun will come tomorrow
Oh god, I'm falling
Oh god, I'm falling
It's too late
Track Name: Mausoleum
I’m a walking mausoleum
I’ve organized my grief by numbers
Would you like to come inside?
Cuz everybody loves to hear
A killer misanthropic story
It makes you feel more alive
And now I’m getting older
Colder
It only takes one crack in the sky
To bring down all the lights
So put your head upon my shoulder
And slide with me through my own slice of hell
I’ve got so many secrets left to tell

Time comes on like an avalanche
The ones we lose, you can’t get back
Most days go by without a snag
‘Til you’re standing in the hallway of your past
With the ones you can’t get back

There’s a garden on the corner
Where I found your dress & cigarettes
The ones that you left for me
And a feeling runs me over
It hits me like the car that almost did
The day you had to leave

Because time comes on like an avalanche
The ones we lose, you can’t get back
Most days go by without a snag
‘Til you’re standing in the hallway of your past
With the ones you can’t get back

Now I hear the bells
Track Name: Scream
My desire to remain
Is all that I have left
As I let go
And I don’t wanna play this game
But I don’t have a choice
I’ve been ripped from my home
My flesh & bone

So I’ll scream your name
With the only breath I have
So I’ll scream your name
With the only breath I have left

My reflection in the glass
But I don’t recognize
What I see (what’s left of me?)
Please don’t leave me with my past
My frailties exposed
In my last dance
There’s one more chance

So I’ll scream your name
With the only breath I have
So I’ll scream your name
With the only breath I have left

Will my friends be there to greet me around the bend?
Will they know my face, lend their grace as I ascend?
And Dylan said
At the end
Wise men know
The dark is right
See the birds in flight
But they burn & rage
Burn at the end of the day
In rage
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light
Do not go gentle into that good night”

So I’ll scream your name
Track Name: Ashes
How many masks can one face hold?
How many different lives?
It's gotten out of my control
100 pairs of closing eyes
Alice falling down her well
I'm grasping at the straws
One will lead me to myself
And one will be the cause
Of all of my glittering delusions
All my whispers, all my depths
And the source of my confusion
Is in the secrets that I've kept

So I am waiting for the sun
To break me
I am waiting for the sun
To take me

I miss the way the colors spill
Into the world at dawn
And hug the canvas that they fill
Received by all with open arms
With every year that passes by
My memories turn grey
Blackened ash in morning light -
That's the only way
I'll ever escape this long-kiss violence
Wasted days in silence
Endless
Lifeless
Fiending
Feeding
Trapped inside myself

So I am waiting for the sun
To break me
I am waiting for the sun
To take me

Now he's rising
For the last time
And just for one moment...
I feel alive
With sun & skin that bleeds for a dying world
Bleeding for the girl I used to know
Reaching for the hand I used to hold
It's time to go

(With sun & skin that bleeds for a dying world
Bleeding for the girl I used to know
Just let her go
Just let her go)
Track Name: Devour
I dream of quiet nights in the trees
A height they cannot reach
And all the sideshow gawkers on the edge of town
Could never talk me down

They’re burning shadows in the summer heat
I see it in my dreams
I hear the sound of crickets & the steady drum
But I will never run
No I will never run

Chains & charms devour me
It’s my nature to be one
Chains & charms devour me
It’s my nature to be one
It’s my nature

Here in the new dawn of a different world
I’m just another girl
But the subtle culling as the flame grows on
The roses, they begin to unfurl

We are the tears that hang from your eyes
The shame you try to hide
What is it Mother that makes our brothers
Wanna see us on our knees in the night?

Chains & charms devour me
It’s my nature to be one
Chains & charms devour me
It’s my nature to be one
I know I’m the culprit
But I can’t help it
It’s in my flesh & blood
Chains & charms devour me
It’s my nature to be one
It’s my nature
Track Name: Warning (Had It Good)
You never feel
Time slip through your hands
I guess it’s true that your youth is wasted
When you’re too young to understand
Fast as you can
Gotta get away from the light
But you can’t escape the sun
No matter how fast you run
It’s gonna rise
So damn blue down to our bones
There’s no way for us to know
We had it good

We had it so good, We had it so good
Burning in the night
So bright
We had it good

Just when you think
You can’t take any more
The waves come crashing down
You hear that familiar sound
From on the floor
So much pain carried in our souls
It’s no wonder we didn’t know
We had it good, uh-huh

We had it so good, We had it so good
Burning in the night
So bright
We had it so good, We had it so good
Burning in the night
So bright

Head the warning
Of every morning
The world is turning
Are you learning?

You have it good
You have it good
Track Name: Missed Call
Dial 3 for the message
I planned far ahead
The operator’s silence
Does it fill you with dread?
You always said I think too much
Well I guess you were right
But this ain’t a conversation, love
It’s just one more goodbye

Well hello, old friend
It’s me again
The deck is going under
I just have to say when
Remember when we drank too much
In your living room?
Collapsed beneath the weight of lust
And all your doom

But I don’t blame you for anything
Some people they just drift away
Never knowing that they’re lost
But love’s not a game you can referee
Well, it comes and goes
And everybody knows
That one day you’ll pay the cost

My breathing is getting slower now
There’s not much left to say
I always had too many feelings
They always got in my way
It’s hard to fill an empty glass
It’s even harder to break
And if this pain, it wasn’t meant to last
Then maybe god made a mistake

But I don’t blame you for anything
Some people they just drift away
Never knowing that they’re lost
But love’s not a game you can referee
Well, it comes and goes
And everybody knows
That one day you’ll pay the cost

And you’ll pay
Oh, you’ll pay

Now I’m the memory
That haunts you in your sleep
You shouldn’t make promises
That you can’t keep

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