About

 

Wax Mannequin (Hamilton, Ontario’s Christopher Adeney) is many things to many people. A lyricist, songsmith and self-effacing showman certainly, but also a student of the human psyche, constantly finding fresh and interesting ways to frame the people we are and the things we encounter. He has graced thousands of stages in Canada and Europe since 2001 and continues to carve an ever-deepening groove across the modern musical underground.

All of this is gloriously displayed on the seventh Wax Mannequin album, Have A New Name, the result of Adeney reuniting with producer and long-time collaborator Edwin Burnett. Working in an east-end Hamilton industrial space containing an array of vintage and modern gear, the pair—along with percussionist Mark Raymond—crafted Have A New Name’s eight songs out of semi-impromptu sessions that eventually expanded with the addition of grand piano, gamba da viola, double bass and a 12 piece choir. The end product is the most sonically ambitious Wax Mannequin album to date, and also arguably the most powerful.

With Have A New Name, Christopher Adeney has made a Wax Mannequin album utterly necessary for this moment in time. Challenging and earthy, funny and heartbreaking, in search of answers yet rooted in hard-earned wisdom.


Praise for Have A New Name:

 

“His songs can be, by turns, dark and thoughtful or pounding and ridiculous, yet they always bear the stamp of careful craftsmanship, even when Adeney fully adopts the endearing guise of a barroom philosopher.”
Popmatter.com | October, 2018

“Underappreciated Canadian legend-in-the-making Wax Mannequin has found beautiful cohesion between his quirky avant-pop past and his burgeoning maturity as a thoughtful folk troubadour on his seventh album, Have A New Name.”
!Exclaim (Canada) | July 2018

“What seems like a whimsical, tongue-in-cheek self-effacing monologue actually hides much deeper meaning in the leading track from Wax Mannequin’s newest album. “Someone Fixed The Game” actually has a bit of a universal edge, which when coupled with an incredible dichotomy of gravelly/flowery vocals and some clever songwriting, makes for a solid lead-off indeed.”
ajournalofmusicalthings.com | June 2018

Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
http://www.vueweekly.com/wax-mannequin-sees-beauty-in-the-surreal/

Praise for No Safe Home:

“It’s a collection of truly contemplative tales that continue to show off his incredible talent and deep connection to both this country and his craft.”
– National Music Centre (nmc.ca) | August 2012

“From emotional lamentations and serenades to whistling campfire melodies, every second of this record is masterfully crafted. While he’s diverged once again from his past albums, he’s still set himself apart from the rest of the music out there. Start to finish, No Safe Home is a gorgeous piece of work.?”
– indieroundtable.com | August 2012

“Hamilton’s Wax Mannequin has moved toward his folkier side on his sixth album. No Safe Home, [is a] cohesive and mellow, almost miniature, album… 4/5”
– Now Magazine (Toronto) | August 2012

“With the release of his sixth full length album, No Safe Home, Hamilton’s Wax Mannequin further solidifies his status as one of Canada’s best kept folk secrets. ”
– snobsmusic.net | August 2012

“Wax Mannequin’s inventions are boundlessly enthralling… Though No Safe Home is fairly stripped down instrumentally, Chris Adeney’s lyrical pacing tip-toes the borders of certainty and delirium in such an enchanting manner that the music at times feels like a delicate accompaniment to his fabulist’s canter. ”
– Southernsouls.ca | August 2012

“No Safe Home, the sixth album from freak folk experimentalist Wax Mannequin — the alter-ego of Hamilton singer/songwriter Chris Adeney — is an ink-black sonic exploration that picks up where 2009’s Saxon left off.?…Anchored by Adeney’s wry, observational songwriting, No Safe Home is designed to be listened to as a whole.?”
– Uptown Magazine (Winnipeg) Feature Interview | August 2012

“Ce virage du rock vers le folk peut surprendre. L’effet d’étonnement est minime si on le compare aux très grandes qualités de songwriter de Wax Mannequin. No Safe Home est un des meilleurs disques de l’année, cette nouvelle approche fait ressortir de si belles qualités de l’oeuvre de Chris Adeney.?
– 500khz | August 2012

“The combination of sparse production, careful arrangements, and Adeney’s deeply personal lyrics create a sense of intimacy. From the opening bars of “Black Bells,” No Safe Homegrabs the listener and keeps them close throughout a solid collection of well-crafted and brooding folk songs.”
– The Gateway (University of Alberta) | Augst 2012

“The stark presentation of sound is a big change for Wax, but the emotion he presents still weighs a ton. No Safe Home hits the streets on August 5th, and it’s a beauty.”
– Herohill.com | July 2012


Praise for Wax Mannequin’s 2009 release, Saxon

“For nearly a decade, Hamilton ON’s Wax Mannequin has toiled in relative obscurity, bringing his amalgam of electro-folk and post-modern classic rock to different continents and as many real and makeshift venues as possible. That hard worn, roundabout path brings us to the masterful Saxon, an earnest batch of songs, most of which are performed on classical guitar and blend Wax Mannequin’s trademark theatricality and darkly humorous perspective like nothing he’s ever issued.”
– Exclaim! (Canada) | feature interview/review | August 2009

“I could start off with a catch-all like ‘shockingly good songwriter’ or ‘eclectic artist,’ and while that would partly describe Hamilton’s Wax Mannequin, it would do the man a great disservice to leave it at that.”
-Now Magazine (Toronto)| Disc of the Week | JUNE 28 – JULY 4 2007 | VOL. 26 NO. 43?

“By training his inner animal enough to let it run free with his muse, Wax Mannequin has given birth to a brilliant bestial gem of audio mythology.”
-Exclaim! (Toronto/Canada) | Review of ‘Orchard and Ire’ | August 2007

“Part wandering minstrel, part rock animal, Wax Mannequin combines a fine sense of prog-rock parody with intense sincerity and lyrical smarts. He will indoctrinate you with chilling harmonies, absurd lyrics and the almighty power of the guitar.”
– dB Magazine (Australia) | September 2004


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Current Lineup
Wax Mannequin – Yes Mann
Eve Whatever – Bass
Mark Raymond – Percussion