In 1975, Jim Nash, and his partner, Dannie Flesher, opened a tiny record shop in Denver, Colorado, called Wax Trax! Three years later, they relocated to Chicago—and by 1980, when they launched an indie label by the same name, the legend of Wax Trax! was being written not on vinyl but in stone. Well before iTunes, Nash and Flesher helped shaped the musical tastes of a generation as their store became a mecca for aspiring artists, novelty seekers, and misfits alike, the recordings they released serving as the nucleus of a counterculture that reverberates in clubs nationwide to this day in the form of industrial dance music.
Nash and Flesher have both since passed, but director Julia Nash explores their legacy with the same fearlessness—and unflinching humor—that her father showed in building his brand. With unprecented access to not only his artifacts but also the musicians he championed, she interweaves interviews with key members of bands like My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Throbbing Gristle, Front 242, and more through her love letter to Wax Trax!, capturing its hard fall as well as its wild rise.
Director Julia Nash and screenwriter Mark Skillicorn will be in attendance for all screenings
Producer: Julia Nash | Editor: Drew Angle | Cinematographer: Brian Schilling | Screenwriter: Mark Skillicorn
Cast: Richard Jonckheere, Groovie Mann, Al Jourgensen, En Esch, Steve Albini, Ian MacKeye, Jello Biafra, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, David J. Haskins, Patrick Codenys, Paul Barker, Bill Leeb, Buzz McCoy, Sascha Konietzko, Chris Connelly, Luc Van Acker