The new Wax Idols album, American Tragic, finds Fortune taking a bold new step in her evolution as an artist by going away from the guitar-driven songwriting of her earlier efforts. Writing the songs mostly on bass and synthesizer has given the music a greater efficiency, allowing the intensely emotional content of the album to build tension. Because of this unconventional approach, the songs hit with real force in a way that might not have been possible without the spareness of the compositions.
Fortune conceived of the album in a cinematic way that was informed by the aesthetic, according to Fortune of “film noir meets cheesy horror or '80s sci-fi.” In another era, some might consider the music goth, but it is influenced at least as much by the mainstream pop that Fortune makes no bones about loving.
“I am pretty goth and my bandmates certainly are,” says Fortune. “I definitely grew up listening to the Cure and Joy Division. So there is absolutely an element of the Goth subculture in everything I
“Although I will say that the Goth fan base or demographic that we do reach, I love them. Goth fans are the best. The two best fans to have are goth fans and metal fans. They're super devoted, they'll buy all the stuff and know all the words. And they're super informed and dedicated to their bands. I in no way turn my nose up at the goths. I love the goths, and I have been one oftentimes myself throughout my life. But I don't think it would be accurate to pigeonhole Wax Idols as a goth project.”
In interviews, Fortune is open about her appreciation of Beyoncé, but her love of mainstream pop extends into areas those who have seen her own powerful and often dark music live might not guess.
“I'm really into the new Justin Bieber,” says Fortune. “I also really love Drake. There's all kinds of mainstream pop I'm into. Even though I'm not into Taylor Swift overall but that 'Blank Space' song is amazing. I love pop music and always have. I'm not shy about it at all. The first concert I ever went to was N*Sync and Brittney Spears. I'm still a devoted Justin Timberlake fan. That's why I think you could never pigeonhole Wax Idols as a goth band. A true goth would not be listening to N*Sync.”
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