Wild Moccasins: Zahira Gutierrez's Top 10 New Wave Songs
Just kidding. Houston's favorite indie-pop quintet has been strangely scarce recently, working their day jobs and getting ready to head out for a month of dates with Michigan don't-call-them-emo crew Saturday Looks Good to Me. They've even got a treat for fans at their tour kickoff Saturday at Fitz with LIMB: "Gag Reflections," a limited-edition 7" that is the first new music the group has released since 2009 debut LP Skin Collision Past.
It's true. If it seems like it can't have possibly been three years since the band has had a record out, that's because New West Records re-released Collision last summer. After the Saturday tour and their appearance at Free Press Summer Fest, keyboardist and singer Zahira Gutierrez says the Moccasins want to spend as much time writing and hope to start their next album in the fall. ("Reflections" will be on it, says Moccasins manager Aaron Danger.)
The B-side of "Gag Reflections" is one of Gutierrez's favorite B-52's songs, "Summer of Love," part of a set of the kooky Georgians' material the Moccasins did at a show a few years ago. "We already knew the song, and had fun molding it into our own style in the studio," she says. "There are some things we did on that song that would be hard to duplicate live, but it was sort of the intention."
Since the band has already been thinking that way, Rocks Off asked Gutierrez to come up with a list of her favorite New Wave songs. We have a soft spot for this kind of music, especially recently, so it's good to know the younger generation is still listening.
Also, we've often watched Wild Moccasins onstage and wondered if they were as into Blondie and the B-52's as it sounded, so it's good to know we weren't imagining things.
No particular order, Gutierrez says, but we put numbers on them anyway: