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Local ensemble Wax Idols just released their most accessible album to date. It’s odd because Happy Ending, as it’s ironically titled, examines death in explicit detail and embodies an overt goth sound with the music. And yet somehow, this could be the record that pivots the group to landing a larger audience. The band’s previous record, 2015’s American Tragic, explores the all too familiar territory of those razor-thin cracks where political issues and personal miseries meet. In the post-Trump era, a lot of bands have recorded one of these. Wax Idols deserve credit for being early. But where they really deserve much more credit is in taking the dark pop and washed-out post-punk sensibilities of the sound they’ve carved out since 2010 and spitting out a brilliant goth record about death that could easily be played for all your non-goth friends.
— Aaron Carnes


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