By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wild Moccasins will release their sophomore album 88 92 on February 4th via New West Records. The band has premiered the track “Emergency Broadcast” via Noisey, which you can stream below. Their material is a cross between indie rock and new wave with some additional influences thrown in, and it’s the type of sound that’s extremely catchy and sure to not leave your head any time soon.

LOS ANGELES, CA, December 16, 2013 – A rapturous mix of indie rock, post-punk, new wave, disco and synth-pop, Wild Moccasins’ sophomore album, 88 92, will be released February 4 on New West Records. The Houston-based quintet’s lead track, “Emergency Broadcast,” is premiering over at Vice’s music hub Noisey and gives a perfect introduction to the band’s frenetic energy, dynamic sonics and intertwining male-female vocals. Noisey exclaimed: “Led by vocalists Zahira Gutierrez, who channels a nice Karen O, and Cody Swann, who brings a little bit of David Bowie to the table, this track is theatrical, funked up, and free-spirited,” The troupe, known for its exuberant live shows, has just been asked by of Montreal to be main support for a short run of dates in January. The tour will kick off January 15 in Nashville and feature several gigs throughout California.

Recorded with producer Kevin Ryan at SugarHill Recording Studios in Houston, 88 92 finds the young band, comprised of couple, Zahira Gutierrez on vocals and keyboards and Cody Swann on vocals and guitar, with Andrew Lee on guitar, Nick Cody on bass and John Baldwin on drums, growing within their sound and polishing their chops with a furious backbeat. The record’s wide-ranging 12 tracks are lush and layered, weaving sonic tapestries awash in crisp guitars, bouncy basslines, subtle synths and tightly wound rhythms and influenced by the likes of Blondie, Talking Heads, Pet Shop Boys, David Bowie, Todd Rundgren, disco and the spectrum of dance sounds. It’s music that pulsates with finely constructed rhythms that interweave and collide with each other to propel a sparkthrowing sound.

While the music of Wild Moccasins is buoyant and energized, the lyrics of 88 92 are often introspective and melancholic. “We love pop and happy music,” Gutierrez says, but “we write songs for ourselves, so they come out with a darker juxtaposition.” For Swann, the heavier lyrics corresponded with personal turmoil. “The album’s title track, ‘Eighty-Eight Ninety-Two,’ is about visiting my mother in a mental institution when she was going through a tough time, the number is the code we would have to punch in to see her, it’s the combination of me and my brother’s birth years.”

Gutierrez also delved deeper into her own psyche for the album. “‘Soft Focus’ is about becoming very self conscious about how people were viewing me, and when I started to have panic attacks,” she confesses, “and ‘Eye Makeup’ is about toxic friendships that were weighing on me. ‘Real’ has a girl group vibe, with an edge, it’s about the realization that so much of our lives are not as real as we want it to be.” The song is sung in Spanish, Gutierrez’s native tongue.

Since self releasing their debut EP in 2009, Wild Moccasins have built themselves up to become one of Houston’s most exciting and beloved bands. They have garnered a large devoted following resulting in sold out shows and glowing press: “Wild Moccasins easily put on Houston’s best stage show gig after gig,” declared Houston Press. “Simply put, no other band in town that we can think of has so much fun playing together.”

On the strength of their infectious tunes and wild live shows, famous for their theatricality and Gutierrez’s otherworldly handmade stage outfits, word about this incendiary Texas band got out, as they mercilessly toured the country. New West Records snatched the group up in 2011 and reissued their charming debut full-length album, Skin Collisions Past, as a deluxe edition, which also included their first EP. The quintet has developed into a formidable live band as a result of extensive touring in the U.S. and Europe, where they played 35 shows in a breakneck 40 days. They have performed at CMJ, SXSW, toured with of Montreal and Saturday Looks Good To Me and shared the stage with bands like The Thermals, Tilly and the Wall, Ducktails and Apples in Stereo to name just a few.

While their early records showed promise, they were made by a group of teenagers figuring out their sound and getting to know themselves and each other. With 88 92, a confident and tightly knit group has emerged: A musical gang with a mission, to move you physically and emotionally.

Wild Moccasins – Gag Reflections [Official Music Video]

January 15 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *

January 16 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews *

January 17 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle *

January 18 – Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theater *

January 22 – Riverside, CA @ The Barn (UC Riverside) *

January 23 – Long Beach, CA @ The Art Theatre Of Long Beach *

January 24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ UCSB *

January 25 – San Diego, CA @ Irenic *

* With of Montreal





1. Open Sesames

2. Sponge Won’t Soak

3. Eye Makeup

4. Real

5. Soft Focus

6. Eight-Eight Ninety-Two

7. Pray For Rain

8. Emergency Broadcast

9. Full-Time Fetish

10. Painless Mouth

11. Gag Reflections

12. When I Said I Saw It Coming




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