Wax Trax! Records Returns
Published Apr 17, 2014Thirteen years after shuttering its doors, Chicago-based indie imprint Wax Trax! has announced its getting back in the music biz, with the daughter of founder Jim Nash taking on the reins for the relaunch.
The label's Julia Nash explained the new direction today (April 17) in a blog post, announcing the imprint gets back into the game this spring via the release of a 12-inch single from Cocksure, a new project from Revolting Cocks/Ministry member Chris Connelly and Jason Novak (Acumen Nation, Czar). The three-song single, dubbed TKO Mindfuck, also features guest vocals from Front 242 vocalist Richard 23.
The record will arrive sometime in May, with the Wax Trax! website set to sell an online-only colour vinyl variant. The single will come packaged with a poster and a download code. For now, you can watch the band's video for "Klusterfuck Kulture" at the bottom of the page.
With Cocksure being the first record from Wax Trax! since then-parent company TVT shut things down in 2001, Nash hopes the release will keep the label's legacy intact, noting in a press release, "We have been very careful not to start up the label unless it made sense… This [single] is absolutely a great ﬁt."
The plan is apparently to keep pressing limited-edition vinyl releases and focus on "special projects" from artists that had worked with Wax Trax! in the past.
"What will happen as we move forward? As long as we're having fun we will keep at it," Nash said, adding, "This has to be a labour of love, and if we don't feel a connection with the project, it isn't going to happen."
Wax Trax! began as a record store in Denver in 1979, with the label starting up by founders Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher in 1982. The iconic imprint went on to issue records from a series of industrial-minded outfits like Ministry, Revolting Cocks, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, KMFDM, Meat Beat Manifesto, 1000 Homo DJs and Front Line Assembly.
After going bankrupt in 1992, Wax Trax! was purchased by TVT Records, who continued to use the imprint's name until 2001. Founder Jim Nash passed away in 1995 of AIDS-related complications, while Flesher died in 2010 from pneumonia-related complications.
As previously reported, a documentary about the label is on the way, with Julia Nash reporting in her blog post that members of Front Line Assembly and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult were recently interviewed for the film in Los Angeles. An ETA for Wax Trax! The Documentary has not yet been determined, but it will also feature chats with Connelly, Paul Barker (Ministry, RevCo), Richard 23, Patrick Codenys (Front 242), En Esch (KMFDM), and Jello Biafra.
Thanks to Slicing Up Eyeballs for the tip.