moe. will release their 10th studio album, What Happened To The LA LAs, via Sugar Hill Records on January 24. However, since 2 p.m. EST today, November 9, the album has been available for presale at this location.
The group chose to work with an outside producer for the first time since 1998's Tin Cans & Car Tires, with John Travis (Kid Rock, Social Distortion, No Doubt) getting the call.
“For most of our career we’ve done everything on our own in a very cottage industry, home-y kind of way,” notes Chuck Garvey, moe. singer and guitarist. Other band members are Vinnie Amico (drums), Rob Derhak (bass, vocals), Jim Loughlin (percussion, Malletkat) and Al Schnier (guitar, vocals, keyboards, mandolin). “With most of our recordings, we’ve gotten the equipment together, we’ve paid for everything ourselves, we’ve produced it ourselves and we’ve had complete control over it. For this album we actually made the leap of putting ourselves in someone else’s hands to help us come out with something different.”
Most of the material on What Happened To The LA LAs has been road-tested at moe.’s concerts. “Bones of Lazarus” has been part of the moe. repertoire for more than 10 years, says Rob Derhak, though it went through a major transformation in the studio. Chuck Garvey’s “Suck A Lemon” was written for moe.’s fan-inspired psychedelic Halloween show.
“Downward Facing Dog” is a newer moe. song, written by Al Schnier. It came together rather organically when Schnier realized what had been several different songs actually flowed together into one composition. Lyrically, the song addresses a time when Schnier was dealing with his father’s poor health.
“I had a lot of big issues on my mind,” Schnier recalls. “Being a dad, and being in this situation with my own dad, just makes you look at the big picture. I wanted the song to be something where I could express a passion for life and have it be something that people could relate to.”
moe. 2011 Tour Dates
4 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
5 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
6 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
8 Oxford, MS Lyric Oxford
9 Lexington, KY Buster's Billiards and Backroom
10 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
11 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
13 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
16 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy's
17 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
18 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay SoundStage
19 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
25 New York, NY Terminal 5
26 New York, NY Terminal 5
30 Portland, ME State Theatre
31 Portland, ME State Theatre
2-night passes also available!
moe. 2012 Tour Dates
27 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
28 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
29 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
1 Crystal Bay, NV Crystal Bay Club
2 San Francisco, CA The Independent
3 San Francisco, CA The Independent
4 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
6 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theater
7 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
9 Aspen, CO Belly Up, Aspen
12 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall
15 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue and the 7th Street Entry
16 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
17 Nashville, TN The Cannery Ballroom
18 Chicago, IL The Riviera Music Theatre
More dates to be announced. Check moe.org for the band's most recent itinerary.