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Oakland's Wax Idols Cancel Tour, Announce Indefinite Hiatus

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Greer McGettrick, Rachel Travers, Hether Fortune, and Peter Lightning (left to right) of Wax Idols.  (Matthew Vincent)

Wax Idols, an Oakland post-punk band with a national following, announced on Facebook Tuesday that they’re taking an indefinite hiatus due to “personal issues.” The band is canceling their upcoming East Coast tour dates with goth band Shadow Age and offering full refunds to fans.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported this band through the 9 years since I put ‘All Too Human’ on Myspace,” bandleader Hether Fortune wrote in the statement. “What started as a glorified solo project has morphed and evolved many times to include & highlight the talents of some extraordinary people and I remain humbled and eternally grateful for all of their contributions to this dream of mine. I’m no soothsayer – I don’t know what the future holds – but for now, we say goodbye.”

Wax Idols released their latest album, Happy Ending, in May. In an April interview with KQED Arts’ Ned Raggett, Fortune mentioned some difficulties during the album’s creation but kept her statements intentionally vague.

“We started writing the record in the summer of 2016 and started recording it, then scrapped it all,” she said at the time. “When it came time to get back to it, nothing felt right anymore. It felt almost too funny, too light. Some of the original dark humor and sarcasm is still intact because that’s how I am as a writer. It was going to be a lot more conceptual before. Now it feels very real.”

Bradon Stosuy, a music critic and founder of The Creative Independent, an online resource for artists, announced on Twitter that he’s now managing Fortune as a solo artist, promising more music.

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Fortune will perform solo on Aug. 31 at Elsewhere in Brooklyn and at Basilica Soundscape, a festival taking place Sept. 14-16 in Hudson, New York.

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