Wax Fang began as one man’s basement vision of how rock ‘n’ roll might sound if it simultaneously existed in the past and future, stopping in the present just long enough to stupefy listeners.
In creating the core of Wax Fang’s catalog, Scott Carney dedicated months to overdubbing intricate layers of music for what initially was a solo project in every sense. The resulting album, Black & Endless Night, is the sound of a record collection imploding, combining glam-rock, pop, and surf riffs with the dreamy ambience of vintage Brian Eno and David Bowie.
Carney then decided to do a little exploding. He found a fierce band in drummer Kevin Ratterman and bassist Jacob Heustis, who took the album’s warm precision and blew it away in all the right ways. With those two providing a deep, resourceful bottom end, Carney was free to indulge in his distinctive, aggressive guitar playing.
After supporting fellow Louisvillians My Morning Jacket on their Fall tour, Wax Fang entered the famed Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN with engineer Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth) to begin recording their self-produced La La Land. Shortly after being handpicked by Spoon to open for them in Nashville, TN, Wax Fang returned to ‘Music City’ to mix La La Land with renowned indie producer, Mark Nevers.
La La Land expands the dense, spacey layers echoed on Black & Endless Night into a whole new psychedelic universe. Opening track “Majestic” finds the band channeling their inner Pink Floyd through delicate sound collages and soaring guitar riffs, held together with the mortar of the Ratterman/ Heustis rhythm section and christened with Carney’s vivid lyrics and uncanny form of delivery. The air swells like a swarm of 10,000 bees on “At Sea.” The thunderous pop of “The Doctor Will See You Now” unites the noble families of Led Zeppelin and Brian Eno through an unadulterated marriage of sound. The instrumental fury of “Avant Guardian Angel Dust” bends your mind into an aural oblivion while the warm, acoustic tingle of “Oh, Recklessness” recalls your coming of age.
With La La Land, Wax Fang have created music that’s instantly familiar and yet vaguely other-worldly – it exists just slightly left of reality, where bar clocks are always 15 minutes slow and the bourbon is endless. It’s a world you want to visit. Just don’t count on leaving.
“Wax Fang is epic guitar rock, with melodic solos breaking free from hypnotic loops.” -LA Times
"Singer Scott Carney has got a shot of Broadway in his vocals, and hearing his dramatics framed by gutsy guitar solos and thunderclap drum work makes for a compellingly weird combo out of Louisville. Imagine The Wall with a Bonnaroo beard." - SPIN
Spanning soaring whirls of energetic guitar pop ('The Doctor Will See You Now') and rolling, break-of-dawn mini-epics reminiscent of Arcade Fire (the closing 'Wake Up Sleepyhead!'), La La Land is a fiercely focused collection with an impressive, bold ambition and artistic cohesiveness." - The Onion A.V. Club