Hether Fortune has compressed a long musical life into a short period of time, including stints in White Lung and Hunx and His Punx, but for the last several years she has devoted herself fully (and most satisfyingly) to her solo vehicle, Wax Idols. And it is through Wax Idols that she has created her most personal and world-beating music yet. Through three albums and a few singles, Fortune is reinvigorating the deathrock template for a whole new generation of fans that prefer to check out a punk show over the local goth night. Wax Idols is like the perfect hybrid of the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees (and yeah, we know that Robert Smith was a member of the Banshees for a minute), but filtered through Rowland S. Howard’s high noir drama and PJ Harvey power.
And now you can add newly minted label head to Fortune’s résumé. After releasing material through Slumberland and Hozac, Fortune just launched the Etruscan Gold label to release her own music and be a force of “resistance and change” against the industry. We’re fucking into it. While Wax Idols’ inclusion on this bill may seem incongruous at first, Fortune has gone on the record repeatedly about her musical appreciation for Thursday, and even released 2015’s American Tragic LP through Thursday’s Geoff Rickly’s Connect imprint. But let’s be honest, amongst this Sunday’s more rockist lineup, Wax Idols will shimmer like a brilliant (but very, VERY cursed) jewel.
with Thursday, Touché Amoré, Basement | Sunday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. | House of Blues, Disney Springs | 407-934-2583 | hob.com/orlando | $25