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The Tripwire: On Wax Idols' Pounding Punk Debut

If Wax IdolsNo Future seems bold and eclectic for a debut full-length that's because it is. As young as she looks, Wax Idols frontwoman Heather Fedewa has a more extensive resume than most rock veterans. Formerly a member of Hunx & His Punx and Bare Wires, Fedewa also currently plays in Blasted Canyons. It seems the time she spent playing glam-punk, bubblegum-flavored trash punk and fuzzy noise, along with a fondness for '60s girl groups, provided the basis for No Future, an album that has all the unabashed urgency, clutter and noise of a classic punk album, plus some gifted songwriting and legit hooks.

Wax Idols' debut "All Too Human" 7" showed this potential right off the bat. The track is jaded, spiteful power-pop. Over melodic guitars and driving drums, Fedewa sings about love that almost was, but given her demeanor, it hardly feels like a lament. In this package it feels more like an idea she literally can't get out of her head and she's hoping to all hell this song will do the trick. The B-side, "William Says", is fuzzier and less pop-friendly but contains Fedewa's captivating raw energy.

No Future was released by Chicago's often stellar Hozac Records. The record is tangibly exciting and it seems to have a literal buzz. "Hotel Room" is a two-minute sprint. The powerful, pacing drums race Fedewa's vocals right up to her final shouts until they have nothing to do but all drop out at once. Though the angry songs are my favorites, the pure sugar pop of "Gold Sneakers" holds its own. Fedewa's music feels distinctly like an extension of herself. Her diverse background and clear talent force you to get on board with the stylistic shifts within the band, no questions asked. It's simply her, so you're with her or you're not. And it feels like it's going to be a lot more fun to be with her.

The Tripwire: On Wax Idols' Pounding Punk Debut