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"Knob Creek and Moccasin Concoct a Dreamy Cocktail"

DENVER: Fans of local band get a taste of new music and good bourbon.

Preceded by an informative lesson and tasting on Knob Creek bourbon, Denver rockers Moccasin took the stage last night (May 10) for a crowd that could only be described as eclectic. From college kids to hipsters to parents, fans turned out en masse at the Walnut Room proving yet again that Moccasin, Denver or perhaps a combination of both draws out all types of people when it come to live music. Playing favorites from their 2006 self-titled EP, including "The Rule of Queen Tsago" and "Ezra's Ghost," the guitar-driven quartet also mixed in a handful of tunes so new, they didn't even have names yet.

With their Verve-like appeal, Moccasin's stage presence was relatively calm, holding the attention of the crowd with their instrumental psychedelic elegance. The result was a fuzzy, shoegaze fusion that left no one doubting which was smoother -- the bourbon or the band. TIFFANY CHILDS / PHOTOS BY SOREN MCCARTY - SPIN Magazine


Nightingale, Nightingale (Self-released). Not for the hard of hearing or the faint of heart, Nightingale's stellar EP blends walls of deafening feedback, dissonance, buzz and hum into a swirling, psychedelic dream state. My Bloody Valentine? More like My Bloody Eardrums. But there's an odd, soothing quality to all of the melodic, tar-thick, two-chord drones, making the band (newly rechristened as Moccasin) well worth a listen. -- La Briola - WESTWORD

"The story of Moccasin is the story of a sound."

A raw blend of heavy psychedelic fuzz, Moccasin’s idiosyncratic resonance is infused with a notable wealth of ethereal delay – harkening back to a different time in the music world. And while this appears to be true topically – the truth is that Moccasin has managed to create a unique sound that struggles to conform to traditional descriptors.

When you say musician, I say sound. When I say painter, you say vision. Right?

Sure. But, don’t draw your lines too heavily, or too strong. For while the players in Moccasin are highly adept musicians, they are also akin to painters – adroit in shaping and molding a pleasing palate of tone colors and textures. An example of this craftsmanship is the careful handling of the band’s vocals. Because where traditional arrangements would coarsely and casually throw a voice out and into the front of the sound, instead of complementing that sound, in the way another color would – Moccasin’s vocals are neatly dripped over the ensemble, in the way an additional guitar would find its destination in complimenting the hands around.

Moccasin, composed of Ryan Sniegowski (guitar and vocals), Scott Bagus (guitar), Eddie Dugan (bass) and James Barone (drums), is not a boisterous and ostentatious act. In fact, they’re a soft spoken and humble outfit that predicates their image and ego on the sound of their strings and drums.

Ask them what Moccasin is about and anyone of them is apt to answer that they are “the sum of all their parts”. True. Without a singled one of them shouldering the songwriting duties, they are a true collaborative effort. And while there is a fixed destination of their parts – the journey to those summery places varies. And this may be the band’s precise magic: For, from night to night the tempo and textures find differentiation and subtle wanderings, always bending the outer reaches of their production.

At first glance, Moccasin’s notion of compositional dynamics stands apart from the traditional stops and breaks of most other bands. But don’t let your cursory glance fool you. No, upon digging a little deeper, their dynamics begin to look much more complicated, mostly due in part to the fact that they are laying wait under their thick signature layers of fuzz.

With an ambitious tour that took them to both coasts in 2005, as well as a stop at South By Southwest in early Spring of ’05 – Moccasin has earnestly reached out and into the musical landscape. And it has paid-off, as this year, Invisible Cities – a record label in San Francisco – picked-up the band and will handle the band’s future promotion and distribution, thereby helping them carve-out their landform in the complex musical world. And with the re-release of the band’s ’05 EP, Last Leaf, which includes two new tracks and will be released as their first full length – the band’s upcoming efforts should take them even further.

So, keep an eye out for this Denver band, as their stock is rising higher and higher into the oxygen depleted air of the Queen City.

Moccasin can be found at , or . Also, you can always locate one of the band’s upcoming shows on syntax’s Event’s Listing Page.
- Denver Syntax

"This is my new favorite band from Denver Colorado."

This is my new favorite band from Denver Colorado. Actually off the top of my head they are the only band I like that's from Denver Colorado. These guys make music with lots of fuzz, reverb and echo that sounds something along the lines of The Verve, Spacemen 3, Black Sabbath & Pink Floyd. I haven't seen them live yet but I really dig this six song EP. Steve Deluca told me that they make their own pedals, I guess they made some for Dead Meadow or something. I'd bet money these guys smoke tons of weed too. Check out their website here and download this song of their "Last Leaf" EP to dig on.



Last Leaf EP
Last Leaf album

album played on radio 1190, KEXP, I-tunes, CD-baby, KTCL



After playing the Larimer Lounge showcase at SX SW in 2005, Moccasin released a six-song EP which has been very well received by the press and their fans. The release of Last Leaf was followed by a month long US tour. The band successfully covered the west and east coasts. This full-sounding record meshes hints of British rock(shoegaze), American psychedelia, and thick, dreamy aural arrangements. Comparisons have been made to Ride, Black-Sabbath, Hawkwind, Sonic Youth, Spacemen 3, and the Verve.

We have played with friends: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, The Anniversary, J. Mascis, The Black Angels, (members of the Flaming Lips), The Low Flying Owls, and MANY more...