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To the lucky few who caught the first live shows of new Chicago-based quartet Wax on Radio, those performances may be remembered as the launch of a strikingly original new voice in rock music. At club dates in the Windy City and in New York, the customary buzz of cocktail chatter and the click of Blackberrys fell to a hush as jaded concert-goers stopped and craned their necks to see just who was making the riveting, emotionally-captivating music that was pouring forth from the stage. Wax on Radio brings a fresh, well-developed sound to rock music at a time when the genre seems to have reached a creative plateau. Familiar, successful formulas like emo, nu metal, hardcore are being played out all over the charts but there is an undeniable restlessness among fans and a sense that rock is overdue for a blast of fresh air. Enter Wax on Radio, which mixes catchy songwriting, intelligently evocative lyrics and an engaging style.

The lyrics plunge in to big themes that resonate with listeners – missed opportunity, preserving your individuality, lifting your life out of stagnation and living it with passion. The music is sonically spacious and beautifully composed, in the vein of Pink Floyd or Yes, but Wax On Radio is also being compared to Coheed & Cambria, Mars Volta, Bright Eyes, Radiohead, Muse, Jane’s Addiction and latter day King Crimson. Wax on Radio performs the trick of sounding both progressive and nostalgic.

Wax on Radio was born in 2004 when singer Mikey Russell, bassist Harrison Taylor, guitarist Bob Buckstaff and drummer Sammy Del Real hooked up in the tiny suburban Chicago music scene and immediately hit it off.


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