A band formed by vocalist Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), guitarist Max Cavalera (Soulfly), bassist Troy Sanders (Mastodon), and drummer Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta), Killer Be Killed released its debut album in 2014, with the songs composed by Puciato, Cavalera and Sanders.
The song is a reference to Icarus, a figure in Greek mythology whose father Daedalus crafted him wings made of feathers and wax. Icarus flew too close to the sun, which melted his wings and led to his doom.
The tale is an allegory of unchecked ambition - believing you are capable of more than you are. In this song, the Puciato relates the myth to one-sided relationships. "I've gone out of my way certain times in my life to the point of self-destructive co-dependency where I was trying to fix something or someone, or change something or someone, and I was hurting myself in the process," he told us. "I took that to its absolute limit in a couple of personal relationships in my life around the time of the last year or two. "Feather Wax" references that. It's an inability to fix people's problems that aren't yours." (Here's our full Greg Puciato interview