Louisville Magazine

JUL 2018

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bourbonwomen.org iroquoisampetheater.com 96 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 WAX ON Continued from page 61 At 11 p.m., the bandmates down a shot of El Jimador tequila in the green room — a Wax Fang tradition — before making their way upstairs. A crowd of about 70 — both longtime fans and new ones in their 20s — has filled out the space. Carney limps to a chair on the left side of the stage, unable to stand and play after hurting his ankle. A woman with long brown hair stands directly in front of the stage, unable to contain her excitement as she sways back and forth waiting for her favorite band to start playing. ("at's Caroline," Carney says later, describ- ing her as Wax Fang's biggest fan. "She's a sweetheart." She has traveled solo from Lou- isville to see them play. She has been to many Wax Fang shows in the past decade.) Carney greets the crowd with an apology for having to sit during the show. He places his retro-looking guitar on his lap. Driscoll presses his fingers into the keyboard, playing the gritty opening notes to "Pusher." Carney leans toward the mic. "Why don't you come over and let me show ya all of the things you can only dream of?" he sings. In May, Wax Fang was due to release a four-track EP of songs Carney wrote over the years that "didn't cut the mustard" for any of the albums. But after recording the songs, Carney and McAfee found a slight imperfection with a guitar part on one of the tracks. Nobody else would have noticed, but they wanted to re-record because, McAfee says, they're "inadvertently perfectionists. It's always been, 'It'll get done when it gets done.' What's the point in doing it unless it's going to be awesome?" Jeffrey Lee Puckett from the C-J says that there aren't many bands in Louisville that have lasted as long as Wax Fang and are still making new music. "As a music writer, you always want to know what Scott is up to," he says. "It's also been somewhat frustrating because he clearly takes his time with things, and there was a point when I thought they were going to be the next really big thing — and a lot of people were convinced of that too — but of course that's super-hard to do. I don't know if it really helps them that much that they were so deliberate with stuff. The original Wax Fang

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