"As important as Chess Records was to blues and soul music, Chicago's Wax Trax imprint was just as significant to the punk rock, new wave, and industrial genres." - Chicago Sun-Tribune
After beginning as nothing more than an independent record store in Denver, Wax Trax! Records relocated to Chicago and became a label synonymous with counter culture and revolutionary genres. Their artist catalog spans everything from industrial giants Ministry to lesser known side projects like 1000 Homo DJs (a side project featuring Al Jourgensen and Trent Reznor).
Featuring interviews with Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Ministry and Revolting Cocks members Paul Barker and Chris Connelly, and many more, the documentary follows the evolution and eventual dissolution of the store and the label, and aims also to tell the story of the lasting impact Wax Trax! had on the music industry.
From the film's official website:
The story of Wax Trax! Records is layered and folded across many important cultural benchmarks. Their global contribution and influence to early punk, dance, industrial genres, as well as advancing early gay culture cannot be overstated.
Among the most noteworthy artists released by Wax Trax! were My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Front 242, Coil, Chris & Cosey, Laibach, KMFDM, PIG, Underworld, Meat Beat Manifesto, Front Line Assembly, Young Gods, KLF, Greater Than One, Clock DVA, Suicide, Psychic TV, Sister Machine Gun, In the Nursery, Foetus, TGT, and Controlled Bleeding.
Check out the trailer above and find more information at Regressive Films' website. As the film is still in production, they also encourage people to share any videos, photos, or stories they may have from the iconic days of Wax Trax!
No word yet on a release date for the film, but stay tuned to Zumic for any further updates.