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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.