Wild Moccasins Close Out Look Together Tour at Cheer Up Charlies

Cheer Up Charlies blossomed Saturday night with a radiant explosion of colorful pastel pop and euphoric dream-wave ambiance as the “ambiguous everybody space” played host to the Wild Moccasins’ tour finale. The indie-pop quartet kicked off their month-long national tour in Houston on July 7th at White Oaks Music Hall with the release of their latest album, Look Together. The 12-track LP is the band’s first album in four years and comes after the dissolution of a decade-long romantic relationship between bandmembers Zahira Gutierrez and Cody Swann. Themes of love, loss and vulnerability are elaborated through a vibrant blend of nostalgic, 80’s synth-pop and dreamy, new-wave disco grooves that captivate the conscience, awaken the senses and ignite the dancefloor. CUC provided a splendid evening of intoxicating pop Saturday with Austin’s blissed-out, shoegaze quartet of spouses, Blushing, and psych-tinged pop-rockers SMiiLe warming the crowds’ appetite prior to the Moccasins’ headlining set. Check out a few highlights from the evening below captured by Mark Bowers.

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Photos by: Mark Bowers @markbowersphoto

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Wild Moccasins Take You For A Trip Out Of This World With Latest Release ‘Look Together’

Houston-based band, Wild Moccasins, may leave you wondering where the hell you are and why every color is a brighter shade than you’ve seen before. I can’t answer the latter of those questions, but what I can tell you is that you’re not in Houston anymore.

A transcendent band with an equally as mythical new release, the foursome revealed their third album ‘Look Together’ at the end of June. The innocence of new wave combined with the dreamy vocals of Zahira Gutierrez leaves you dizzy, but excited.

A 12-track album, it kicks off with a ‘boyish wave’ hello. Extra-terrestrial beginnings, it sets the tone for the entirety of the album – preparing the listener for the journey that they’ll take. Sweet tea infused with chalk, there’s something not quite normal about this album – distinctive, and beautifully memorable.

A personal favorite of mine is ‘Seven to One’, cutting the deck in half at the 6th track. An intriguing invitation with an almost breathy vocal that gains power quickly, rolling down a slope and picking up pace with startling velocity before walking the line between the soft dream once again. All in all a song that sits a world apart from anything I’ve heard before, it also sits on my shoulder playing in my ear constantly since I first heard it.

Currently making their way across the US, I highly recommend that you get out to one of their shows – maybe two, I don’t doubt that the experience will be worth it. After all, I’m already lost within the trance that is Wild Moccasins, and I’m not all that sure I want to be found.

Photographer: Max Fields