FPH Exclusive: Mojave Red Drops Catchy New SingleMojave Red, Photo: Dani Willie
The best part of writing about music is when you see a band grow and change right in front of your eyes. And while it’s common for us as fans to want to see a band make the same familiar sound over and over, it’s always exciting to see a band start to really explore their sound and mature into something exciting and fresh. For Houston’s Mojave Red, their general vibe has always been that they’re up for change and for keeping things interesting for themselves and for those who are listening. On their latest single, “Fading Out,” found exclusively here, they take the psych sound they became known for and take it to a new and funky space. It’s an undeniably catchy track.
Clocking in at under three minutes, the song opens with a spacey synth before a guitar slinks on like that of an alien visitor. The vocals are light but soulful in their presentation, while the beat is a bit removed from the heavier sounds that the band utilized on their debut EP. There’s a use of dual vocals and backing vocals that come together to create a pop-laden hook that gets stuck in your head. Then a fuzzy guitar comes on that’s reminiscent of something Santana would carve out. These elements, mixed together, create a sound that immediately sticks in your head, making you feel compelled to place the song on repeat again and again.
The song will be available through Houston’s Wallflower Records on cassette on August 4, and includes a trippy remix of the song from Stephen Farris. You can catch Mojave Red when they kick their tour off on Saturday, August 12 at Continental Club. The 21 & up show, with doors at 9 pm, will feature performances from Summer Fires and texture:Yellow and carries an $8 cover charge.