moe.’s new album No Guts, No Glory is available May 27, 2014 on Sugar Hill Records. moe.’s first single from the album, “Blond Hair and Blue Eyes,” was written by moe. bassist/singer Rob Derhak about his daughter Emma. The single is now available at iTunes and guitarworld.com has premiered the Jay Blakesberg directed video.
Longtime moe. ally Dave Aron produced the No Guts, No Glory. Aron has distinguished himself over the past twenty years as a go-to engineer and producer for Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, U2 and many others.
The album’s eleven songs (fourteen on the digital and double vinyl editions) took a winding path into existence. The acoustic foundation of No Guts, No Glory adds a buoyancy and richness to the album’s songs and performances, which are put across with an energetic, spontaneous feel true to moe.’s well-earned reputation as as a thrilling live band. Acoustic instrumentation, from mandolin to vibes, is woven into the album’s multi-textured fabric.
Over a journey spanning nearly a quarter-century, moe. has let their knack for dynamic, democratic improvisation influence nearly every facet of the band’s existence. In concert, they stretch the boundaries of their source material into intricate, set-long suites where distinct songs seamlessly segue into one another in exhilarating fashion. In the studio, their eclectic, wide-ranging sensibilities manifest in playful, varied albums that spotlight both their fluid musicianship and their incisive, hook-laden songwriting.