For Californian Hether Fortune music is a serious business. Her band Wax Idols may have not reached the deserved success yet, but she seems to have it all: talented, charismatic and witty!

Following debut LP No Future (Hozac Records, 2011), Fortune & co have new album Discipline & Desire coming out in UK on the 3rd June. The punk-y anger of their first effort seems to have given way to a more polished and melodic, yet darker and more interesting sound. Produced and engineered by Monte Vallier and co-produced by Fortune, the record will be released on Slumberland Records which as a label, reflects the change in their music too. Marc Burgess of Chameleons played bass on the album closer 'Stay In' along with helping with production. And you can definitely hear his influence: Wax Idols seem to have transposed the British new wave sonorities into 2010s.

It's no surprise that Fortune's favourite records are all post-punk/glam rock masterpieces…



David Bowie - The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

I sat here scratching my head in frustration for a while because I couldn't decide which Bowie album was most important to me. Who am I kidding? Ziggy forever. This shit changed the world. I get choked up every time I listen to 'Five Years'. 'Moonage Daydream' is one of my all-time favorite love songs. 'Rock & Roll Suicide' may as well be my personal manifesto. I get really upset whenever anyone tries to say anything negative about David Bowie. I will fight you. The only reason I think that I am a good singer is because I am convinced that I sing along to this album really well. So you can all blame Bowie for me. Blame Bowie.



Iggy Pop - Lust For Life

I'm worth a million in prizes with my torture film but everywhere I go, I'm lonely. The sight of it all makes me sad and... Jesus? Oh shit!



Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

The isolated drum track that opens 'Disorder' gave me shivers the first time I heard it around age 15 and it still does. This album is truly flawless and timeless in my eyes and ears. I listened to it so much as a teenager that I really don't think I would be the person, writer or musician that I am today without it. It's hard for me to talk about Joy Division. This record literally saved my life a few times when I was a miserable, suicidal teen and it is still my go-to whenever I need to feel something familiar and deep.



Wire - Chairs Missing

Everyone is always yammering on about how Pink Flag is the best Wire album but I really don't find it to be as interesting as Chairs Missing. There is an unsettling tension and depth to this record that is specific only to itself and can never exist anywhere else. Wire created their own world with this record. It freaks me out.





Love and Rockets - Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven


This fucking record. Where do I even begin? The soaring anthemic pop insanity, the oddities, the lyrics, the textures, the production. It's perfect. Right? I cry. I die. I hate trying to describe the effect that music has on me in words. GAJABAROOGAHELMSUDFUKKCUM?

I have probably listened to 'The Dog-end of a Day Gone By' more than any other song, ever. It takes me to church.