Waxwork Records, mainly known for reissuing and remastering classic horror scores, took a leap into the world of comics with their 2017 release House of Waxwork. Accompanied by a color 7” record full of musical cues and themes, the idea was to bridge the gap between sound and art in a way no other record company had done before. After a succesful two-issue run of House, Waxwork recently added a new series to their catalog: the punk-rock slasher story Poser.
Poser, at its heart, is a throwback to the wild and unpredictable splatter horror of the ‘80s. Set to an enjoyable punk-meets-Carpenter score by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind, it’s the story of a homicidal social outcast and his desire to be recognized, at any cost. Penned by Matt Miner and illustrated by Clay McCormack, the comic features vivid depictions of life inside a sweaty rock club, complete with gory purple and red tones to accentuate the stage lights over the crowd. It’s a short, fun read and I’m already looking forward to getting my hands on the next issue.
Side A of the blue/black swirl 7” features “Poser Theme,” a strong track that begins with nods to Black Flag before morphing into an arpy, bass and drum-driven synth melody. Side B is “The Gig,” a track that corresponds to the main set piece in issue one. It’s full-on thrash, featuring a menacing bass line and non-stop percussion in its first half. Like “Poser Theme,” “The Gig” also ends with an arp synth melody, changing drastically at the 1:45 mark, the lack of percussion at its finish keeping things tight and mysterious instead of overtly oppressive. Joel Grind has his finger on the pulse of the story, using the score to add layers of depth without muddying the reading experience. At series end it would be great to have a full 12” release featuring all of Grind’s songs, but for now I’m excited to see what the next 7” brings.
Poser is available in print/vinyl at Waxwork Records.