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/synth lines layered under Gutierrez’s 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 difficult, as Wild Moccasins were charted for two years of extensive touring. Gutierrez and Swann would spend countless hours in a shared van, painfully staring each other down on stage and exchanging exaggerated he- said-she-said’s through songwriting.

Gutierrez and Swann began their writing partnership roughly a year into their romantic relationship, in 2007. The group has undergone roster changes over the years, but currently exists with the addition of Avery Davis (drums) and original member Nicholas Cody (bass). Their latest effort is highly pop-powered, with Ben H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter, Animal Collective) at the production helm. The result is a diverse album that blends guitar-driven elements of Wild Moccasins’ early discography with expansive electronic and '80s/'90s pop components, culminating as a resilient break-up record co-written by exes who chose to reconcile their differences the only way they knew how – working towards a common musical goal.

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.

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