Wax Idols' fourth album Happy Ending is an exploration of the abstraction and finality of death from philosophical, political, and personal perspectives. The painting on the cover of a figure mourning is by Oakland artist Lena Gustafson, whose work focuses on what she has described as "how memories are stored in the body." Hether Fortune says the band picked her to create the art because her work is "post-body, which has a lot to do with what our album is about." The dual theme of political anxiety and personal experience is one Fortune began exploring in seriousness on Wax Idols' third album, American Tragic. Wax Idols' lineup here includes Hether Fortune (vocals, guitar, bass, organ), Peter Lightning (guitar, bass, organ, piano), Rachel Travers (drums), and Marisa Prietto (bass, backing vocals). Happy Ending was recorded in 2017 at Ruminator Audio in San Francisco, CA and produced by Fortune, Lightning, and Monte Vallier.