Video of the Day: Wax Idols

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In 2013, throwing the term “post-punk” around can seem a bit anachronistic and non-specific, like, saying that something happened “post-Civil War.” After all, it’s been over thirty-years since Joy Division did their thing. For many, though, that descriptor still accurately categorizes a certain form of musical malaise that first arose in the fog of late 70s/early 80s Britain.

Wax Idols are decidedly not British — California is a long ways from Camden — but their contemporary sensibilities clearly owe something to the aesthetic introduced by Joy Division and perhaps most effectively popularized by The Cure. And, even in 2013, post-punk clearly remains a viable genre: The Cure are headlining the August 2013 edition of Lollapalooza.

From their sophomore release, Discipline & Desire, this is “When It Happens.”



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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.

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