New Video: Houston’s Wild Moccasins Release an Upbeat Yet Determined Feminist Anthem

Fronted by its founding duo Zahira Gutierrez (vocals, keys) and Cody Swann (guitar, vocals), along with newest members  Avery Davis (drums) Nicholas Cody (bass), and the band’s newest member  Avery Davis (drums), the Houston, TX-based indie rock/indie pop act Wild Moccasins can trace their origins to 2007, a year within its founding members’ romantic relationship. Their initial work was mostly indie rock driven while centered around dance pop-like guitar lines and tight vocal harmonies; but throughout their history together, the band has gone through a number of lineup changes before settling on its current lineup. Interestingly, with the release of 88 92, the Houston-based quartet had begun to incorporate New Wave-like influences with an increasing use of synths, which has continued with their forthcoming Ben H. Allen-produced For Look Together.

Reportedly, Allen inspired a much different approach to their writing and recording process and the end result is an diverse album that finds the band blending the guitar-driven elements of their early work with 80s and 90s synth pop; however, unlike their previous work, the diverse sound of the album also manages to evoke the volatility of the breakup of a longtime relationship — in this case, the romantic relationship between Gutierrez and Swann; but while thematically focusing on repairing relationships, shedding insecurities and fresh starts.

Understandably, the breakup and its aftermath was extremely difficult as the band was in the middle of some extensive touring when their founding members broke up. As Gutierrez and Swann recall, they would spend countless hours in a shared tour van, painfully staring each other down on stage and ultimately exchanging exaggerated and embittered he-said-she-said’s through songwriting. And while countless bands with a romantic couple at their center have split up, the former lovers chose to find a way to reconcile their differences by working towards a common musical goal.  Songwriting has been engrained within the duo’s relationship, and although being emotionally vulnerable with a former partner was initial difficult, they found that it helped clear the air, as well as constructing a bridge between confusion and solidarity. “I think we look back on that time and take some comfort in knowing that we went through that together,” says Swann. “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.”

“No Muse,” For Look Together‘s latest single is a slickly produced shimmering synth and guitar-led pop song with an infectious, arena friendly hook — and while self-assured, the track bristles with bitter and aching hurt of someone who’s been used and has had enough. Interestingly enough, as the band’s Gutierrez says of the song and the video, “‘No Muse’ is about feeling like men use women as muses in the wrong context. A lot of women have had the experience of being taken advantage of or had men in power try to take control of what they do, so this song encourages women to be their own muses. Because of what the song represents to me, I decided it was best for me to direct the video and sought out a female cinematographer (Rachel Bays) to shoot it in order to remove any sort of male gaze. I felt it was important to see the video through the eyes of a woman.”  As a result, throughout the video, you see a woman who’s not just determined and free-sprit but has taken control of her own agency in a free-spirited fashion.