We spoke with San Francisco natives, Wax Statues recently about their new year’s resolutions, musical influences, and what they have in store for the rest of the year. Make sure to read our interview with them below, and check them out for future shows/music!
Hey guys! Could you introduce yourself and your role in the band?
Cam sings, writes, plays guitar and synth
Dom plays melodic bass lines and backup harmonies
Christian plays drums and other percussion as well as backup harmonies
As 2018 began just a few weeks ago, do you all have any band resolutions?
Cam: We just started this new project that will have us playing alongside more similar sounding artists. I just want to meet more bands here in the bay with common sounds.
Who are your musical influences?
Cam: I love The Beach Boys and the Dead. I took a lot of inspiration for this new record from some current psych acts though like Tame Impala, White Denim, War on Drugs, Mild High Club etc.
Christian: I think we all grew up listening to a pretty wide variety of music. My father was a musician and I was basically force fed good music from birth. The Beatles, The Meters, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Parliament, you name it, it’s all influenced me in one way or another.
Dom: I grew up on classic rock and old school soul like Sabbath, Maiden and Zepplin to the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder etc. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Rush, Dr Dog, John Mayer, the 1975 and a ton of different 80s bands. It’s never ending, ask me again in a month.
How did you all come up with the band name?
Cam: It was just after we named our last project and my mind was still on inspiration mode. I was at the SFMOMA and it hit me after looking at sculptures. I like the name because it doesn’t lend itself to a genre, but it still holds a lot of connotations about impermanence.
Christian: When I started jamming with these guys i’d always ask Cam what “Wax Statues” was because it was his instagram handle at the time and I just loved it. When the question came up as to what to name ourselves, the answer to me was pretty obvious.
What is one thing our readers should know about you all?
Cam: We are trying our best to connect with new fans on a more personal basis. Facebook and Instagram make it so easy to reduce people to avatars and lines of texts. We understand that our fans are amazing people, and we want to connect so we can all influence each other. We have a mailing list where I’ll send a personal letter every month or so letting everyone know how we’re doing and what we’re up to. We’ll get replies and hear stories of people’s lives. It’s great, and what music is all about – connection.
You all have played a lot in the San Francisco area. What’s your favorite venue to
Cam: I love playing at Slims and the Great American – those are the music venues I moved to SF for, there’s so much history in the walls.
Christian: I’d probably say The Fillmore for me, that place is just down right legendary. But I’m actually very excited to play many of the other venues in town though, because I’m the new guy around here. I’ve only lived in the bay area for the last year.
Dom: For me its got to be the Great American Music hall. It’s an incredible room with amazing sound and a ton of history plus I’ve seen a bunch of my favorite bands play there.
What can people expect from you all at your live shows?
Cam: We do our very best to make a big sound as a trio. I play synth and guitar, we harmonize, we use great effects and have awesome visuals. We do our very best to make the experience for our crowd worth the ticket price.
Since the beginning of the band to now, what has been your favorite show?
Cam: Our first show as Wax Statues is this month, so we’re just beginning to make memories as this new band. Though in our last outfit I absolutely loved playing to a packed house at The Great American Music Hall. I got the chance to stand back and soak in what was happening, I literally was living a dream. Every show we play fills me with gratitude – it’s insane to me that I can create something that resonates with people.
Musically, what do you have planned for the year?
Cam: 2018 is a big year for Wax Statues. We’re planning on dropping our debut 10 track album in May called “Exclusive/Reclusive”. Directly after that we plan on releasing several singles in the year that will build up to our second album that’s almost finished called “Everyday Malaise” Our first single from Exclusive/Reclusive should be out in late February.
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