Saturday Night: Wild Moccasins Tour Kickoff At Fitzgerald's
See pics from the Wild Moccs' tour kickoff in our slideshow.
Houston has seen Wild Moccasins plenty of times before, but that doesn't stop the throngs of fans from packing out show after show to see the band's catchy brand of indie pop-rock.
The story was no different at Fitzgerald's Saturday night, where the group kicked off a tour of three dozen European shows in 40 days. Legions of fans came out to see the group off as they churned through a fourteen-song set.
Much to our dismay, Rocks Off arrived to find that we'd just missed Wicked Poseur's set - a local show actually started on time... weird - which several people described with lavish praise. Fitzgerald's upstairs room was shoulder to shoulder with people jostling for prime spots, and the bar was six deep with folks waiting to grab a Lone Star.
Young Mammals (above) turned in a surprisingly brief seven-song set, sounding significantly beefed up thanks to the booming drums of ace Ryan Chavez. Cley Miller's guitar work drenched everything in a psychedelic coating, but underneath the tunes retained their poppy center.
Fitzgerald's sound guys have gotten really, really good at making drums sound epic inside the space, but unfortunately they yet to dial in vocals in the same manner. There's a much greater variance in vocal sounds and stylings than in drums, sure, but both bands we saw Saturday suffered a bit from vocals that could've used some adjustments. It's not that the performances were bad, but the mix would have improved.
Around 11:30 p.m., the Moccasins came on to the delight of the jam-packed crowd, with Zahira Gutierrez dashing out from the side of the stage just in time to start the opening words of "Zylophone." Over the course of an hour, they rolled and swayed through 14 songs, including everything from Skin Collision Past and most of debut EP Microscopic Metronomes.
After trotting out "Zylophone," "Skin Collision Past," and "My Favorites Die," the band settled into a new number that lay in a sexy '60s slink, with plenty of sparkle on top. It harkened back to some of the darker ye-ye music we've heard, which in turn made us speculate about French kids bopping around, coming up to the Houston quintet after the show and declaring them "super-cool, formidable, et magnifique."