David Wax Museum bring electronic touches to MexoAmericana on new track “Young Man” — listen

Bandmates turned married couple return with a new sound and a new album


Photo​ ​by​ ​​Todd Roeth

When David Wax and Suz Slezak got their big break at the Newport Folk Festival, they were just friends. Having met in Boston while Wax was at Harvard, the pair blended his love for MexoAmericana sounds and her passion for classic folk styles into an indie Americana that took the folk scene by storm. Performing under the moniker David Wax Museum, they won their way onto a Newport side stage in 2010, and dominated the main stage just one year later. Flash forward five years and two albums later, and Wax and Slezak are married with a new child.

As their relationship has progressed, so too have their style. On their forthcoming release Guesthouse, the David Wax Museum take their Mexican-inspired folk in completely new directions. Case in point: new song “Young Man”.

“I wrote the song reflecting on a conversation I had with Scott Avett [of The Avett Brothers] about ambition, and the pitfalls of letting your ambition set the agenda in your life,” Wax says of the track. “Something I’ve discovered about this career is that I am often striving so hard to attain some career goal or bucket list item, however, by the time I finally get there, it’s not a big deal anymore. I’ve lost track of savoring the process and the struggle along the way, which is where the real meaning can come from.”

While Wax’s growth is discernible in the lyrics, the band’s progress is clear in every note. Horns and that twang of chugging guitars are as familiar as ever, but are now bound to the vibrations of electronically produced rhythms and synths. Even Wax’s voice is manipulated in ways they never were on past albums, echoing off themselves like a pebble dropped in a metal well. But for all the new tools, the band’s heart never feels lost, and all the electronics do nothing to strip the track of the personal message within. Check it out below.

Due October 16th, pre-orders for Guesthouse are going on now. The band will support the release with a tour kicking off this Saturday at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, Tennesse. Find their full schedule below.

David Wax Museum 2015 Tour Dates:
09/19 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
09/26 – Charlotte, NC @ US NAtional Whitewater Center
10/15 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S
10/16 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
10/17 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
10/18 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
10/20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
10/21 – Harrisburg, PA @ Herr Street Stage
10/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
10/23 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
10/24 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/27 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
10/29 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
10/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
11/03 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
11/04 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/05 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
11/06 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
11/07 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
11/08 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
11/10 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
11/12 – Knoxville, TN @ The Square Room
11/14 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
11/14 – Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse
11/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
11/17 – Charleston, SC @ THE POUR HOUSE
11/18 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/19 – Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester Performance Center
11/20 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
11/21 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
11/22 – Charlottesvilla, VA @ The Southern
12/03 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
12/04 – Spokane, WA @! The Bartlett
12/06 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
12/08 – Berkeley, CA @ Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
12/09 – Napa, CA @ City Winery Napa
12/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
12/12 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
12/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
12/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room
12/17 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Ivywild School
12/18 – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
12/19 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive