Tue Oct 27 2015

9:00 PM

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Ages 21+

Share With Friends

We've been fans of WAX IDOLS, the primary project of Oakland-based songstress HEATHER FORTUNE, ever since the release of her raw, dirgey debut LP No Future, out on HoZac in 2011. After touring behind that debut LP, WAX IDOLS expanded to a full band and plunged head first into the darkest depths of their previous work to craft a stellar follow-up, Discipline & Desire, out in 2013 via Slumberland. Piercing, layered guitars mix with haunting vocals and propulsive, hypnotic drumming, bringing muscle and tension to WAX IDOLS seething, moody darkwave. The third album by WAX IDOLS is equal parts declaration of independence and meditation on togetherness, and this is, perhaps, where it strays from the band’s previous work: American Tragic stands out for its profound empathy — elegiac in its approach, but connective by nature. The album is a culmination in what FORTUNE has been playing with over the arc of her discography: Livelihood 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. With a nod to 80’s shoegaze sensibilities, THEM ARE US TOO creates songs about tragedy and loves-lost that draws listeners to their nostalgic and innocent sound. Kennedy Ashlyn Wenning's vocals have been compared to the likes of KATE BUSH and ELIZABETH FRASIER, with a pitch-perfect octave range that can carry songs from optimistic joy down to undisturbed melancholia, all within one verse. Guitarist Cash Askew paints a layered and complex backdrop using signature reverberation and washes of stringed ambient tones. The duo's debut album, Remain, rivals the magic behind the early 4AD and Creation Records, with massive, seraphic sounds and heartbreaking nostalgia crafted into uncompromising and immaculately orchestrated beauty. We can’t quite believe it, but it’s been over five years since YOKO HOMO last performed at the Empty Bottle. We’re flabbergasted by this news, but all the more excited to welcome this Chicago artist and musician back to our stage to open tonight’s show. Constantly evolving in his effort to re-create and expand on the sounds of 80s new wave and 70s glam rock, YOKO HOMO has been busting moves since the tender age of 17 and will hopefully be releasing a new record soon, which he’s teased online. Local press has taken note over the years and an April 2015 feature in the Chicago Tribune fits the artist "somewhere within the cultural and spiritual lineage of DAVID BOWIE, FREDDIE MERCURY, ST. VINCENT and his sort-of namesake, YOKO ONO.”

(Consequence of Sound) (Paper Mag) (Pitchfork) (Rolling Stone)

Empty Bottle, Inc.
Wax Idols, Them Are Us Too, Yoko Homo

  • Sorry, you missed this event.
  • Check out other similar events on TicketWeb.
  • Wax Idols

    Wax Idols

    Pop

    The San Francisco Bay area’s most promising breakout, and formidable female-fronted pop wonders are not who you may already believe or expect. Lead by the enigmatically agitated Heather Fedewa (aka Hether Fortune, ex-Hunx & His Punx, Bare Wires, and also currently a member of CastleFace Records’ Blasted Canyons), Wax Idols straddle the line between ripping tough/tender post-punk/goth-pop, and irresistibly anthemic indie rock hooks, somewhat like Joan Jett would sound like tearing through Best Coast with a chainsaw or if Mary Monday had been a member of Wire.

  • Them Are Us Too

    Them Are Us Too

    Shoegaze

  • Yoko Homo

    Yoko Homo

    Pop

Empty Bottle, Inc.


Wax Idols, Them Are Us Too, Yoko Homo

Tue Oct 27 2015 9:00 PM

Empty Bottle Chicago IL
Wax Idols, Them Are Us Too, Yoko Homo
  • Sorry, you missed this event.
  • Check out other similar events on TicketWeb.

Ages 21+

We've been fans of WAX IDOLS, the primary project of Oakland-based songstress HEATHER FORTUNE, ever since the release of her raw, dirgey debut LP No Future, out on HoZac in 2011. After touring behind that debut LP, WAX IDOLS expanded to a full band and plunged head first into the darkest depths of their previous work to craft a stellar follow-up, Discipline & Desire, out in 2013 via Slumberland. Piercing, layered guitars mix with haunting vocals and propulsive, hypnotic drumming, bringing muscle and tension to WAX IDOLS seething, moody darkwave. The third album by WAX IDOLS is equal parts declaration of independence and meditation on togetherness, and this is, perhaps, where it strays from the band’s previous work: American Tragic stands out for its profound empathy — elegiac in its approach, but connective by nature. The album is a culmination in what FORTUNE has been playing with over the arc of her discography: Livelihood 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. With a nod to 80’s shoegaze sensibilities, THEM ARE US TOO creates songs about tragedy and loves-lost that draws listeners to their nostalgic and innocent sound. Kennedy Ashlyn Wenning's vocals have been compared to the likes of KATE BUSH and ELIZABETH FRASIER, with a pitch-perfect octave range that can carry songs from optimistic joy down to undisturbed melancholia, all within one verse. Guitarist Cash Askew paints a layered and complex backdrop using signature reverberation and washes of stringed ambient tones. The duo's debut album, Remain, rivals the magic behind the early 4AD and Creation Records, with massive, seraphic sounds and heartbreaking nostalgia crafted into uncompromising and immaculately orchestrated beauty. We can’t quite believe it, but it’s been over five years since YOKO HOMO last performed at the Empty Bottle. We’re flabbergasted by this news, but all the more excited to welcome this Chicago artist and musician back to our stage to open tonight’s show. Constantly evolving in his effort to re-create and expand on the sounds of 80s new wave and 70s glam rock, YOKO HOMO has been busting moves since the tender age of 17 and will hopefully be releasing a new record soon, which he’s teased online. Local press has taken note over the years and an April 2015 feature in the Chicago Tribune fits the artist "somewhere within the cultural and spiritual lineage of DAVID BOWIE, FREDDIE MERCURY, ST. VINCENT and his sort-of namesake, YOKO ONO.”

(Consequence of Sound) (Paper Mag) (Pitchfork) (Rolling Stone)