MaxxMusic & The Evening Muse Present:
WILD MOCCASINS + FITNESS
3227 N. Davidson St.
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Fronted by Zahira Gutierrez (vocals/keyboard) and Cody Swann (guitar/vocals), Wild Moccasins’ forthcoming third full-length serves as a new beginning for the group. Look Together tackles themes of repairing relationships, shedding insecurities, and fresh starts, with vibrant guitar and synth lines layered under Gutierrez’s soaring pop melodies. The impassioned 12-track LP began to form merely a week after the release of 2014’s 88 92, as Gutierrez and
Swann’s decade-long romantic relationship dissolved.
Healing proved to be a burdensome task, as Wild Moccasins were charted for two years of extensive touring. Gutierrez and Swann would spend countless hours positioned in a shared tour van, painfully staring each other down on stage and ultimately exchanging exaggerated he said-she-said’s through songwriting.
“When you’re going through a breakup it’s not uncommon for heartache to steer your mind toward resentment,” Swann says. “But I never imagined how jarring it would be to hear it sung to me on stage.”
Emotionally aggressive tracks like “Doe-Eyed Dancer” examine the complexities of observing an ex from afar, as Gutierrez bitingly sings, "And I bet you thought you wouldn’t get caught/It’s not entirely her fault/But she will never love you, no." The combative opener, “Boyish Wave,” tackles misguided judgment through feisty guitar riffs and antagonistic percussion. Look Together’s title
track details love lost and the respective vows that come with the territory, while the album closes with the deeply pain-stricken, “Waterless Cup,” in which Gutierrez laments through flawless vocals, “After all, I’m the one who poured the salt/The one with the change of heart/
After all, it’s all my fault.”
Gutierrez and Swann began their writing partnership roughly a year into their romantic relationship, in 2007. The group has undergone numerous roster changes over the years, but currently exists with the addition of Avery Davis (drums) and original member Nicholas Cody (bass). The dynamic quartet’s 2009 debut release, Microscopic Metronomes, is purely indie rock-driven, bolstered by dancey guitar riffs and tightly knit vocal harmonies; while full lengths,
Skin Collision Past (2011) and 88 92 saw the band add more new wave influences with shimmering synth underlays. Their latest effort is highly pop-powered, with Ben H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter, Animal Collective) at the production helm. Recorded at Atlanta’s Maze studios, Allen encouraged the group to revise their approach to the writing and recording process. The result is a diverse album that blends the signature, guitar-driven elements of Wild Moccasins’ early discography with expansive electronic and '80s/'90s pop components.
For most romantically intertwined bands, Look Together would have never happened. Dissolving the group would seem to be the logical conclusion of their romantic split, but instead, the former couple chose to reconcile their differences the only way they knew how – working towards a common musical goal. Songwriting has been habitually engrained in the duo, and while being emotionally vulnerable with a former partner was difficult, it helped to construct the bridge between confusion and solidarity, culminating as a resilient and volatile break-up record co-written by exes.
“I think we look back on that time and take some comfort in knowing that we went through that together,” Swann says. “It needed to happen in order for us to have this resolve.”
“Yeah, it needed to happen,” Gutierrez adds. “Now, when I sing the songs, I find myself breathing a sigh of relief.”
what is FITNESS?
well, first of all, why are you reading this? don’t you get it? FITNESS is alpha, omega, and beta wrestling in a vat full of molten G.I. Joe action figures. it’s the feeling when you’re only drinking tap water at the bar due to an acute absence of funds, but it doesn’t even matter because your friend is the embodiment of gin anyway. this is nazi-punching music. this is kafkaesque in that it’s not really kafkaesque at all. he would love that. also, FITNESS is a band. i mean, i guess? pretty limiting term, band. the wonders were a band. steel dragon was also a band.
but anyway, back to my central inquiry: why are you reading this? did you catch the first show with tanlines and gina turner? did you hear “i don’t feel anything,” immediately super-felt everything, then clicked your way to here? perhaps you accidentally ended up on this page after deep-diving into fitness-related hashtags on instagram, scrolling through copious sweaty bodies only to eventually stumble upon what is inarguably the musical equivalent of a sweaty body?
at any rate, welcome to FITNESS. i’m glad you could make it. to make your trip truly worth the time and apparent lack of effort, let’s see what max collins (eve 6) and kenny carkeet (ex awolnation) have to say about the FITNESS vibes and what the fuck they expect us to do with them.
reached by cellular telephone while preparing for future FITNESS fuckeries in the form of an EP, collins expressed optimism regarding the band lowkey cult’s current vibes. “i have no fucking idea who you are,” collins said. “please stop calling me.” FITNESS, he added, is undoubtedly the new wave. “seriously,” he said. “stop calling me.” [inaudible expletive] *dial tone*
carkeet, in a separate interview conducted via the last known payphone in existence, echoed collins’ enthusiasm. “who?” he said. “i’m not sure i know who you are exactly? am i supposed to know you?” [vaguely more audible expletive] *seemingly louder dial tone*
but what do they know? hell, what do i know? [nothing]
FITNESS is you. carry on.